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Think Like a Major Gifts Officer
The 2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM PST
Category: Specialized Training

Think Like a Major Gifts Officer

Behind every foundation are people -- program officers, family members and company employees.  People make the decisions about grant funding and, contrary to how it might seem, they really do want to be connected to your organization beyond the transactions of the grant application and report.

Fundraising is all about building and growing relationships.  But how do you get past the gate-keepers and into the ivory towers?  Christie Cotterill, CFRE, has answers and effective strategies to help you personally engage with key foundation staff, volunteers, and family members, over the course of a year.

Register today for this timely PSGA training and learn:

  • How to create the personal connections that lead to greater funding. 
  • How to build an engagement calendar to ensure regular, constructive communication with foundations, beyond what’s required as part of a grant.
  • Ways to take positive connection steps (and how to avoid making negative ones).

When: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Check-in & Light Breakfast: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Program: 9:00 AM - Noon
Coffee, tea and light breakfast items will be served.

2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
Just off I-90, south of downtown Seattle. Street parking is available.

Meet our Presenter:

Christie Cotterill, CFRE, is an experienced nonprofit fundraising professional with a commitment to connecting philanthropists with causes they're passionate about. At the core of Christie's work fostering relationships, is ensuring that funders fully understand the impact of their support.

Christie serves as the Associate Director of Development for Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine (Go Cougs!). Prior to joining WSU, Christie worked for the Seattle Aquarium, Northwest Center, and Kids with a Cause. Christie has served on the board, and as a presenter, for WFP Washington - Advancement Northwest. Christie is a veteran presenter, known for her advocacy of nonprofit equity and inclusion.


8:30 to 9:00 a.m. - Check-in & Light Breakfast
9:00 a.m. to Noon - Program 


Members: $75
Non-members: $105

Join PSGA today for just $95 to get member pricing on a full year of PSGA programs, plus other great benefits.


  • For the health and comfort of all event participants, we ask that you refrain from wearing strong fragrances while attending PSGA events. Many people are allergic and/or sensitive to fragrances. Please use in moderation when wearing perfume, cologne, or scented lotions.
  • Please, no walk-ins.