Cohort 9 Begins Leadership Gift School

June 2021

PMA's Patton McDowell helped welcome one of the largest cohorts in LGS history, as 12 nonprofit organizations assembled for Cohort 9's first session on June 25th, 2021. The session featured outstanding guest speakers, led by IPL Board Chair Jim Kelley, who welcomed the cohort and gave them a preview of the program and highlighted the LGS community that now includes 182 individuals who have participated from 85 nonprofit organizations.  Devire' Robinson and Whitney Feld provided a fantastic overview of the Foundation For The Carolinas and all of the resources it can provide nonprofit leaders. Finally, Joanne Beam led the group through a workshop in making their case, and more effectively telling their story to inspire transformational giving. 

About Leadership Gift School

Leadership Gift School brings together a cohort of nonprofit CEOs and development directors who work together to build their organization's capacity for leadership giving.  The program includes five 5-hour sessions, including two that include members of each nonprofit's board.  Over the course of nine cohorts, LGS has developed a unique experience to build highly trained teams who can effectively advance the way fundraising is implemented. As a member of this peer learning community, you will discover what it takes to build and grow the most successful philanthropy program possible for your unique organization. Throughout the five sessions, you will hear from experts and donors, and participate in class and out-of-class assignments to ensure the effective implementation of LGS principles.

Over the last nine years, 182 nonprofit leaders from 85 nonprofit organizations have graduated from this highly acclaimed program, evaluated by an independent UNCC study. Want to learn more about Leadership Gift School for your organization? Go here to learn more about the next LGS cohort, or email for more information!

​​​​​​About PMA Nonprofit Leadership 

As a firm, PMA Nonprofit Leadership is constantly developing content and programs to help you in three distinct ways.  The first way is to help you be a thought leader in the nonprofit sector by producing weekly content through our podcast Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership. The second way is through individual coaching, training and our unique Mastermind Nonprofit Leadership program. The third way is to help your nonprofit organization through support of its strategic planning, board & staff development, and fundraising. Through our exclusive partnership with the Institute for Philanthropic Leadership, we also  guide aspiring nonprofit leaders thought the virtual New Development Professionals cohort training program, as well as the annual Leadership Gift School, now entering its 10th cohort season.  Let us know how we can help you! Join our community by signing up for our free resources here, and schedule a call if you'd like to learn more about ways we can help you on your journey to nonprofit leadership.