Counsel Steeped in Practice

Vision Philanthropy Group is a full-service philanthropic consulting firm. We partner with mission driven institutions to achieve strategic, high impact philanthropy. Our fundraising and communications consulting team brings deep experience in leading and managing high performing philanthropy programs to our clients.  Our counsel is steeped in knowledge and decades of hands-on experiences and work with influential philanthropists, Boards, small and large institutional advancement staffs, and innovative leaders.

We bring practical, yet innovative solutions and coaching to our clients to help them achieve the results they need for today and the future. 


WHAT'S NEW AT VISION PHILANTHROPY GROUP?

We enjoyed presenting our session, "Creating million dollar gifts and a new era of philanthropy with physician partners", with our client-partner, Mass Eye and Ear, at the AHP International Conference. Please contact us if you would like to learn more. 


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Thank you for visiting our VPG booth at the AHP International Conference! We had a wonderful time meeting everyone and catching up with old friends.


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Our new blog post is up:  "DESIGNING POWERFUL PARTNERSHIPS:  WHAT DO YOUR PHILANTHROPIC PARTNERSHIPS LOOK LIKE?" (This is the first in a series of three blogs on designing internal and external partnerships for development staff and institutional executives.  Please continue to visit!)

How are powerful partnerships created?

The great late anthropologist, Margaret Meade, made the case for the power of partnerships and people working together years go in her famous statement, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  Certainly, philanthropy is no exception. Read more at our blog here...


“Susan does an excellent job setting the stage for a major gift program. Participants learn who will be interested in supporting their organizations and how to speak to those donors in ways that help them realize all the benefits of being meaningfully engaged in a cause.” - Timothy A. Kaltenbach, Executive Director, Trusts, Estates and Gift Planning, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Development.

It was an honor to share ideas and experiences last week in Nashville, TN at the summer session of the Planned Giving Council of Middle Tennessee, the Center for Nonprofit Management and the Association for Fundraising Professionals. My colleagues and I were delighted with the great turnout and the group's receptiveness to the session: "The Psychology of Giving: Why Me?" I had a great time! Thanks for hosting me. We're happy to share what a couple of people had to say. 

"I thoroughly enjoyed Susan's presentation…and the manner in which she presented. It was refreshingly enjoyable!" - Sister Mary Davyd Deerwester, O.P., Advancement Office, Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation


Part Two of our latest blog post is up:  THE SECRETS TO CREATING MEANINGFUL BONDS: PROMOTING SOCIAL CONNECTION AND VALUABLE EXPERIENCES. Check it out for Susan's remaining six tips!


"Every child in Nashville deserves a great school. By empowering the community, advocating for supportive policy, recruiting effective educators, and growing great schools, Project Renaissance is dedicated to renewing our education landscape."

We are honored to partner with Project Renaissance as development consultants. You can learn more about Project Renaissance here.


Click here to read Part One of our  latest blog post:  THE SECRETS TO CREATING MEANINGFUL BONDS: WHAT DOES RESEARCH TELL US?  There are many factors that help create bonds between people:  from deep friendships to shared dreams, experiences and values, to common hopes and visions, and sometimes a crises, or a crises averted.  Relationships are critical.  But, to nurture major donor relationships that truly endure, I prefer to focus on creating bonds; the bonds that undeniably tie us to one another.  This is what I want to devote a little time to here. 


Susan Holt, President, VPG, joins the Planned Giving Council of Middle Tennessee Board!


Bold Asking™ Video Vignette

Orrin Ingram, President and CEO, Ingram Industries, and philanthropist, talks about listening to your prospect in a Bold Asking™ video vignette.