Fund Raising Services
PD Solutions, Inc. Fund Raising Counsel
Phone (970) 390-8249
"I had the opportunity to work with Lawrence at nine development workshops over the past 3 years in my role as administrator for the Annenberg Leadership Seminars in Los Angeles. Lawrence brings a deep knowledge of the curriculum and the material to his practice, as well as many varied experiences in fundraising and development capacities. But what really separates him from other instructors is his ability to connect with an audience. He has a great sense of humor and bedside manner that engages every individual, and which made our intense two-day sessions feel like two hours. He consistently scored perfect marks from attendees in their evaluations, and it has been a joy working with him."
"Lawrence Pierce-Durance has been a most valuable fundraising resource for me on two occasions.
-Rev. Carl D. Walker
"Lawrence's workshop was great! He has a deep understanding of comprehensive fundraising - the tools and techniques as well as the roles and responsibilities of staff and board members in this process. The workshop was interactive and people were engaged. Plus his presentation style is lively, fun, and refreshing. We learned a lot!"
"Lawrence Pierce-Durance has been the favorite fundraising course instructor of Habitat for Humanity International for over five years. He has taught Habitat participants in many different venues - from a five-day intensive course to 90-minute workshops, from introductory content to advanced planned giving curriculum. Lawrence is magical in front of an audience. He especially shines with material on engaging individual donors, involving board members in face-to-face soliciting, rating the giving potential of prospects, understanding planned gifts, and structuring campaigns. Lawrence is generous with students, meeting individually during conferences, and customizing the agenda based on feedback."
-Elizabeth Brunner, Learning Specialist
"Lawrence brings to his clients a great blend of experience and expertise. He avoids a one-size-fits-all approach to development. At the same time, he insisted that we prioritize and give our energy to those activities that would result in a successful campaign. A real strength is his determination to engage the board and ability to make it happen. Obviously, we were very pleased with his work."
"Lawrence saved the day! We had been planning our board retreat for six months and the day before it was to take place, our facilitator canceled due to a family emergency. Even though he had just landed in Denver (from Atlanta), Lawrence went home, re-packed and flew out very early the next morning to California. Then, with virtually no real time for preparation, Lawrence was able to take our agenda and, over the next two days, facilitated a top notch board retreat that exceeded all our expectations. He was able to inspire and motivate our board, while also instructing them on 'best board practices'. Lawrence has not only the background and experience, but also presence and delivery style that really resonated with our board. He is the consummate professional!"
"Lawrence led our Retreat last year and we brought him back for more this year. Our focus this year was the planning of a major Capital Campaign, potentially the biggest a non-profit has ever conducted in our area. Building on last year's work, the two days of workshops gave us the tools to start down the road to a campaign target about five times larger than we've ever done before.
Lawrence 'reads' a group well and made adjustments as we went along, seeming to sense when it would be worth going into more detail on a topic. Those moments turned into some of the most thought-provoking of the weekend. He didn't lecture and managed to impart a lot of information while getting active participation from all of us. His knowledge and the style, humour and sensitivity with which he conducted the workshops were an excellent 'fit' for us and the 'mind-shift' we needed to make as we start on a campaign in a different league."
"Excellent tools for implementation. Good exercises for reflecting and planning to use what has been learned. I have attended a number of fund development trainings. I am very impressed with this class and the resources provided. It has given me more information than any class I have attended before."