The Nonprofit Assistance Initiative (NAI), a joint program of the Connecticut Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Waterbury, teamed up with the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits to offer a half-day workshop on “Building, Implementing and Sustaining a Major Gifts Program” on Friday, February 21 at the University of Bridgeport-Waterbury Campus at 84 Progress Lane, Waterbury, CT from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost for the workshop is $50.

Nonprofits of all sizes need to develop a major gifts program because eighty to ninety percent of philanthropic revenue comes from only 10-20% of donors. Securing a major gift is no accident: it is a strategic process, implemented over a period of time and culminates with both the donor and the charity reaping significant benefits. This program will help development officers, executive directors and board members learn how to move donors from casual contributors to significant supporters. The program will be presented by Sharon Danosky of Danosky & Associates. Sharon is a member of, and has served on the boards of, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. With more than thirty years of experience, Sharon has worked as both a senior executive leading fund development for nonprofits and as a consultant.

“We are pleased to bring this workshop to our area as it has been very successful, selling out in other parts of the state. Major gifts cultivation is an important skill for nonprofit staff and volunteers to focus on because there is a huge potential impact for all organizations,” said John Long, NAI program officer.

To register, go to the Connecticut Community Foundation at and follow the links for further information and online registration at Connecticut Association of Nonprofits. For assistance with registration, please contact Patrick McKenna at CT Association of Nonprofits at or 860-525-5080 ext. 20.

For more information, contact John Long, NAI program officer at, or 203-753-1315.

Future workshops coming up from NAI: Thinking Through Your Brand Experience,  March 27 and From Rhetoric to Reality: Developing Powerful Partnerships April 18.