Just moved from a small shop or generalist role into a major gifts team? Afraid you are in over your head? Want to make sure your unique skills are put to use? This lively session will explore how to make your skills in stewardship, relationship building, and events invaluable while you adjust to a different way of fundraising. You will learn how to identify and quickly bridge gaps in your skill set, learn from one another’s experience and walk away with action plan of how to thrive in major gifts.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. To identify your unique skill assets and how to apply it to great success in a major gifts setting
  2. To identify weakness in your skill set and learn practical solutions to ameliorate them
  3. Learn from colleagues' successes and challenges
  4. Create an action plan to prioritize future learning and skills development

Suzanne Duncan, MA, CFRE

Associate Vice President, Donor Relations

CAMH Foundation

Suzanne Duncan, MA, CFRE, has been helping social service organizations reach their philanthropic potential for the last fifteen years. At Eva’s Initiatives, YWCA Toronto, Frontier College and The WoodGreen Foundation, she connected visionary donors to innovative projects. Suzanne was a major gifts fundraiser at the CAMH Foundation for 5 years. She recently became the Associate Vice President of Donor Relations for CAMH Foundation and is responsible for curating and creating the ways that donors engage with CAMH and ensuring they feel the impact of their giving. Suzanne has volunteered her services to charities including Expect Theatre, where she is currently Treasurer, the Redwood and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Toronto. She also redeveloped the Introduction to Fundraising course at Ryerson University, where she is an instructor.