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Small Shop, Big Gifts: Launching Your First Major Campaign

Speaker: James Plourde, Campbell & Company; Rod Nash, Trinity Presbyterian Church; and Laura Giddings, L'Arche Tahoma Hope

Track: Building Better Systems

Time: Friday, June 8 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Presentation Description:

Many small nonprofits have substantial capital needs, but doubts about their capacity to secure major gifts keep them from launching serious fundraising campaigns. What does it take to prepare a small shop to raise significant support? From board preparation to donor analysis and planning studies, this session will explore what steps can ensure your first campaign is a transformative one. Our panel will also weigh in, sharing strategies that helped their organizations achieve first-campaign success.

Key Take-Aways:

  • More details to come

Shop Size: Small

Expertise Level: Suitable for all levels

About the Speakers


James Plourde tells it like it is and works with you to get all of your stakeholders on board and moving in the same direction. He is sought after for his collaborative, personable style and co-creative approach to training and motivating staff and volunteers. Prior to joining Campbell & Company, James held leadership roles in three capital campaigns at Pacific Lutheran University and supervised annual and capital fundraising and public relations for Charles Wright Academy.

Rod Nash has worked alongside Tacoma's urban population of youth and families for 21 years, primarily in the Hilltop neighborhood where he and his family have lived since 2001. Rod has served as the Director of Outreach at Trinity Presbyterian Church since 2007. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Rod is a huge fan of the city of Tacoma, and he loves getting to serve in this community.


Laura Giddings serves as the Community Leader and Executive Director of L'Arche Tahoma Hope in Tacoma, Washington. L'Arche is an international federation of communities that promote mutuality in relationships and celebrating the gifts of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Previously, Laura worked for CHI Franciscan Health to advance the patient experience and in early childhood education. Laura holds a B.A. in Education from St. Olaf College and an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School.


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Interpreter services are available upon request during registration.