Susan Kahan

With more than a decade working in the nonprofit sector, Susan Kahan is passionate about the power of philanthropy and helping organizations meet and exceed their goals to fulfill their missions. Susan has experience working with major gifts, mid-level donors, planned giving, capital campaigns, and creating and executing on fundraising strategies and events. Prior to founding Sapphire Fundraising Specialists, Susan held fundraising and management roles at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Susan graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, DC .

  • Founder of Sapphire Fundraising Specialists
  • Works with major gifts, mid-level donors, planned giving, and capital campaigns
  • Creates and executes fundraising strategies and events
  • Previously held fundraising and management roles at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
  • Graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, DC with a major in Communication and a double minor in Political Science and Business Administration
Susan Kahan

Courses available by Susan Kahan

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  1. How To Hold A Better Board Meeting
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    How To Hold A Better Board Meeting

    Nonprofit and fundraising expert Susan Kahan will help you plan, prepare, and structure your 2022 board of directors meetings. You will learn how to help your leadership be more motivated, engaged, and educated on your nonprofit’s operations.

    What You'll Learn

    • Why are nonprofit board meetings important?
    • How should you prepare for a nonprofit board meeting?
    • What tips will help you keep board members engaged during meetings?
    • What specific strategies will help you keep track of time?
    • How can you use meetings to inspire and motivate your board members?
  2. How To Prepare For A Successful Donor Meeting
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    How To Prepare For A Successful Donor Meeting

    Nonprofit and fundraising expert Susan Kahan will help you plan, prepare, and structure your next donor meeting. You will learn how to use these opportunities strengthen your relationships with donors.

    What You'll Learn

    • Why is it critical to prepare for a donor meeting?
    • What are the different types of donor meetings you should have?
    • How can you research a donor?
    • When should you meet with a donor?
    • Who should participate in donor meetings?
    • What emails should you send to request and confirm meetings?
  3. Tips And Tricks To Stretch Your Donor Steward Budget
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    Tips And Tricks To Stretch Your Donor Steward Budget

    Nonprofit and fundraising expert Susan Kahan will help you understand the importance of donor stewardship for your organization. You will learn innovative and inexpensive ways to retain your donors throughout 2022 and beyond!

    What You'll Learn

    • What is donor stewardship? Why does it matter?
    • How can you ensure your stewardship efforts are effective?
    • How should you segment your donors?
    • What are the best practices for donor stewardship?
    • How can you accomplish a lot with a limited budget?
  4. Master The Art of Planned Giving
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    Master The Art of Planned Giving

    Nonprofit and fundraising expert Susan Kahan will help you understand the basics of planned gifts, learn the verbal cues that indicate when to bring up the subject, and make internal plans to win this lucrative type of funding. You will discover how to increase your revenue for years to come.

    What You'll Learn

    • What are planned gifts? Why do you need to know about them?
    • What are the most common planned giving vehicles?
    • How can you overcome your fears about bringing up planned giving with donors?
    • What are the best practices for marketing and stewarding planned gifts?
    • What verbal cues should you listen for in supporter conversations?
    • How should you broach the topic of planned gifts with donors?
  5. Tips And Tools To Win Major Gifts
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    Tips And Tools To Win Major Gifts

    Nonprofit and fundraising expert Susan Kahan will help you organize a major gifts strategy. Whether you’re starting with just a few donors or have a full program already in place, you will learn techniques to increase your revenue this summer and for years to come.

    What You'll Learn

    • What are major gifts? Why do you need to prioritize getting them?
    • How can you identify and qualify potential major gift donors?
    • How should you cultivate qualified donors?
    • What is the most effective way to make the ask?
    • How can you steward major donors throughout the year?
    • What can you do to make it easy for donors to give?

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