"Brian Saber is outstanding! This was one of the most relevant nonprofit webinars I have taken dealing with donor solicitation - and I have been in this business for thirty years."
The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, Inc.
"Brian Saber was a very engaging and approachable presenter! It's nice to know that there are all different types of fundraisers out there, and we can each be successful."
Julia Malecki, BALTIMORE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY
"Brian did an excellent job of taking all the big fears of asking for major gifts and breaking them down into small and memorable bites…simple, empowering and so logical. I will ask for my next face-to-face meeting with much more clarity confidence about what I am there to accomplish and how to go about it. Ready to fill my calendar!"
Vanessa Russell, Girl Scouts - Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas
"I was very pleasantly surprised about how well prepared the speaker was, how much he personally knew about fundraising and soliciting donations. This Webinar was one of the best I've ever attended. Brian is an excellent teacher/coach!"
Marlene Fitzwater, Joshua’s House Hospice
“This gave me the concepts I needed to be a stronger fundraiser. It was presented at a level that was perfect for my experience and current job.”
Farley Lord, Riverside Church
“The webinar was great and it has given me the tools and boost my confidence to ask for the first time”
Doris Acheampong, New York Common Pantry
“I really enjoyed the step by step of how a meeting should go. I find a lot of value in determining what your asking style is and how it will affect your approach.”
Alyssa Miessner, Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota
“As a new development professional, a personal solicitation is anxiety-inducing. I did not understand the science or "art" behind it. This webinar made the ask seem like a learnable skill for all personality types.”
Lauren Pifer, Virginia Symphony Orchestra
“Step by step instructions, responsive to questions, clearly experienced, technology that was intuitive as well as interactive, and fantastic supplemental materials.”
Brian Sutherland, CHD
“Finally understanding how to close the meeting and request all on a good term for future contact again.”
Debbie Destin, ForVets Inc.
“This is an excellent presentation by one of the profession's top speakers. It answers many questions that make the ask easier. I love Brian Saber!”
Aubrey Grodin, Westport Arts Center
“Presented in a positive, individualistic manner--helpful for our entire team as we get to know ourselves and each other better! Practical, great activities throughout the presentation, as well as takeaway materials.
Rachel Bahl, InCOMMON Community Development
“Brian's presentation was clear and concise - slides had enough info without being too overwhelming”
"Brian did a great job of breaking the ask down into digestible parts as well as bringing personal style into the mix.”
Elana Lippa, Charles E. Smith Life Communities
“I am a new Funds Development Coordinator for a private Waldorf school in Eugene, Oregon. I attended most the Amazingly Successful Face to Face Solicitations webinar. I have to say, in the past year I have attended a half a dozen development related webinars and this was by far the most useful. I absolutely loved Brian from Asking Matters. He was engaging, authentic, he didn't speak too quickly, and the supporting materials are filled with great exercises and practical information. Thank you!!!!!”
Megan Bassett, Funds Development Coordinator, Eugene Waldorf School
About Your Topic Expert
Brian has raised hundreds of millions of dollars over 25 years by personally soliciting thousands of donors, coming to understand the art of the ask in a way that few people do. Because of his remarkable experience in asking, Brian has been able to break down the process of asking to its fundamental components, making simple what for many seems daunting. He knows how to persist through his own anxieties, remembering again and again that his success as a fundraiser makes a corner of the world a better place.
Brian has worked in social service, education, and the arts, raising money for his alma mater, Brandeis University, Northwestern University Settlement, and The Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, among others. He is currently a consultant to various organizations around the country and presents, trains, and writes on fundraising and the art of the ask. Recent clients include the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the U.S. Olympics Committee, the St. Louis Planned Giving Council, the Utah Society of Fund Raisers, and the Salvation Army National Resource Development Conference.