How I can help

Develop a major donor fundraising programme from scratch and raise more.

Louise has supported more than 200 charities with the knowledge & confidence to develop successful major donor fundraising. She’s got nearly 20 years experience in major gift programmes at charities of all sizes and causes.

I secured my first major donor gift of £42,000! I definitely wouldn’t have done that without all the knowledge I learnt on Major Donor Fundraising from Scratch. It has helped us launch our major donor fundraising and given us a clear structure of how to develop it. Louise has given us the tools, insight, confidence, and knowledge we needed. I highly recommend Major Donor Fundraising from Scratch – it has been a pleasure to work with Louise.

Heather Carstens, Fundraising & Engagement Officer, Shark Trust

During my time on the course I not only exceeded the income target for year one, but brought in the charity’s first 6 figure gift!

Take this course if you want to take the leap into major gifts fundraising and be supported to create real impact for your charity.

Emma Morris, Senior Philanthropy Officer, Cycling UK

Major Donor Fundraising from Scratch is a mix of training, coaching and consultancy over 6 months. You’ll get the confidence to raise more large gifts, and the tools and process to succeed with major donor fundraising as a proactive income stream – making the most of the opportunities for your organisation.

Since the training, I’ve grown the level of support from major donors including one from zero to a £25,000 donation, with more pledged!

Working with Louise moved us forward with our major donor planning & approach.

We do things differently now, how we think about events, how we thank people, how we frame our asks/approaches.

Emma Mortoo, Head of Fundraising, Prison Advice and Care Trust

Do you want the confidence, tools and skills to succeed in raising large gifts?

Then you’re in the right place to get the support you need to build a successful major donor programme with Major Donor Fundraising from Scratch!

Major Donor Fundraising from Scratch will give you:

🧱 The building blocks for major donor fundraising success
A  prioritised list of potential major donors, a compelling case for support for a major donor audience, and a plan that will help your charity succeed in major donor fundraising beyond the 6 months.

I’ve come away a completely different fundraiser, with helpful tips and a wealth of knowledge that I can now put into practice.

Ellie Tyers, Key Relationships Lead, Home for Good

Confidence, Accountability, momentum

The programme is designed over 6 months so you get support to implement the learnings in “real-time” and get your major donor fundraising programme off to a flying start. Each group training session gives you a community of peers you can learn from, and is followed by a one to one coaching session to ensure we keep momentum.

Louise really knows her stuff and is a highly engaging trainer – I always came away from each session feeling inspired and more confident

Steve Hawe, Head of Fundraising, Gingerbread

🛠 Tools and techniques to put into practice

You’ll leave with new skills and techniques including securing and meeting potential donors, encouraging trustees and contacts to open their networks, and asking for gifts.

“I now have tools I can use to shortlist potential donors, be confident about securing meetings with them and tips to have those conversations.”

Jennefer Whitley, Head of Innovation & Growth, SPACE

During the 6 months of the course, I was able to re-engage 10 major donors and obtain a gift from one that equalled their entire previous lifetime giving. The programme provided the confidence that I needed, which led to tangible results.

Shawna Barnes-Scullion, Philanthropy Manager, Kidney Research UK

“Summit Fundraising has helped set out a clear path for our charity’s major donor programme. The course content, speed and delivery all made for a positive learning experience. Louise was always available to help and advise every step of the way. I have and will continue to recommend Louise to others who would like to set up or improve their major donor fundraising.”

Sarah Hulin, Philanthropy Fundraiser, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Over the past 20 years, I’ve been raising major gifts myself and since setting up Summit Fundraising, helping hundreds of fundraisers find the confidence and tools to hit their major donor fundraising targets.

I’ve trained and coached over 200 fundraisers and leaders to grow in confidence, meet with major donors and successfully ask them for gifts.

I’ve interviewed over 100 philanthropists and understand the psychology that motivates them to give.

I’ve been there as a major gift fundraiser and fundraising leader and a trustee, and I will give you the confidence, tools and support to succeed with your major donor fundraising through this six month programme.


Why do I need to book a chat?

Major Donor Fundraising from Scratch is an investment and so you might want to check that it’s right for you and your cause before you book. However, if you want to secure your place quickly you can email me at

Or reserve your spot here.

How much is it?

It is £2,500+ VAT per person. If more than one person from a charity attends we offer a discount so do get in touch.

Do I pay per person or does the cost cover anyone from the charity attending?

The cost is for one person to attend across the 6 months, due to the small group sessions and one to one coaching. If more than one person from the charity wants to attend contact me to find out about a further discount