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Building Networks for Raising Money

Our goal at SOAR with Network Fundraising is to teach others about building networks for raising money. It is the easiest way to grow market share in a fast and productive way. AND, it makes your program sustainable. It’s when you can leave on vacation and someone else can take over without the program missing a beat.

A NEW video describing what it’s like to build networks!!! 

The “must have” for this to work – confidence and trust between all people involved in rolling it out. It has to be this way because people are going to take the lead on some things while others are taking the lead on something else. People who are insecure or have the desire to control others is going to find this process difficult. It’s certainly a learning opportunity for everyone who is open to doing things differently. And, it can be the best thing that’s ever happened for growing your market share and increasing dollar raised.

Realize that during this process one person is going to become the face in the community for the company. Everyone has to be comfortable with that. This is often the person in public relations. We will assume it is you for this article. It is important for you to bring others along with you, into the public eye. Your supervisor is the logical choice. It could also be their supervisor. You know who the top leaders are in your company. It’s important to pay attention to them and get them involved. Impressions are important. The top leaders are protected, and always represented in a good light.

This article is a soft intro into a training being offered as a self-study course with SOAR. You are invited to be the first to get involved in building networks for raising money in your field. Click here to become part of an email group to learn about trainings. This will keep you on the cutting edge of progress.

A couple of steps to get you started with building networks:

  1. Explore opportunities/meetings in your area and make a list of them. Think of these as opportunities to get in front of people. You’re encouraged to keep an open mind on options. People participate in different ways.
  2. Determine the approach for entering (or re-entering) the community. What is your introduction to people, some call this the commercial for your company. You’re encouraged to keep your intro to less than fifteen seconds and include how you help people. Practice this every day for at least ten days. Then, refresh it once a month.
  3. Begin to go above and beyond for others. You may feel you already do this. Step it up a notch while always remembering your mission. It’s important to maintain focus and to be involved with things as they relate to your cause.

The training on building networks is like nothing you’ve ever done before. The same is true for the training on Collaborative Networking Events where for-profit and non-profit companies combine for effective marketing. You can be the first to learn about new trainings when you agree to be part of the email group. Click here to join!


Gayle Gross is the founder of SOAR with Network Fundraising. She shares successful techniques for increasing market share and raising money. You are the next potential candidate to reach your goals. Go with “tried and true” when it comes to processes. Add networking techniques into your model and watch success grow! Gayle has the knowledge to share and you have the opportunity to win big!

Business Start-Up Tips Help To Raise Money

Make sure your effort to raise money is top notch! How business rolls off your tongue is key to its success. People are always going to ask you what you do for a living. There used to be a time when asking people their profession was a bit invasive. This is not the case anymore. What’s your GOOD answer, your three line statement that’s going to get a person to say “wow!” and want to know more?

Raise money – tips:

  • Offer people what they want to buy! This is done in the wording. People invest because of what something does for them – it could be a physical benefit or feeling.
  • Get cash flow going ASAP because this will help in growing more cash flow! There are a number of reasons why this happens – confidence, ability to put more into the bottom line, and investing in the future.
  • Be frugal and find ways to keep costs low. It’s worth the investment to research options before purchasing. The best solutions are often slightly used equipment, which keeps your overhead low.
  • Always overestimate expenses and underestimate revenue. Doing your due diligence can help when estimating – just lean on the side of caution.
  • Focus on finding the best way to enter the market. This is considered lead generation. How are you going to reach the right people for your product/services. The same is true for raising money for a non-profit. How do you get in front of the right people? The SOAR Webinar Series can help – get more info!
  • Test – test – test and be ready to course-correct.
  • Maintain education as everything changes so quickly. This will put you ahead of the curve.
  • Instead of discounting – add value! This is done in the way you word something. For SOAR with Networking Fundraising we say you’re paying 90 cents for $1.33 worth of service. It’s an added value of 43 cents! This is the Offer!
  • Get a coach! Love this. A coach is outside the business model and sees things from a different perspective. They hold individuals accountable. When you’re beginning a new project – get a coach who has knowledge and success in what you’re doing! A SOAR Discovery Session is the first step with coaching for SOAR with Network Fundraising. It is a 50-minute call and costs $150.

Always available to answer questions at iwantto@soarwithnetworkfundraising.com

Gayle Gross worked with a start-up for mobile payment processes. She managed the deplo14046121_10204846371117808_4669610499791876103_n-1yment of the program within banks, which was cutting edge prior to mobile payment services we use today. She is a published author of a fund raising system which has helped organizations increase fundraising up to 126%!! She gained experience in developing business practices, which included marketing via social media. She has helped businesses increase market share through creative networking techniques. She mentors fundraising professionals as well as people interested in expanding their current market. 

The Money’s in the Bank. Is it Really!?

By Gayle Gross

I bet you’ve heard someone say – “I’m sending a check.” This has happened to me a number of times and I’ve even been the one saying it! Although the intent is to write the check, sometimes diversions happen and the the check goes down the “never sent” column. Do you think the person hearing those words, “I’m sending a check” ever forgets about it? Never. And, they may count those word into their total dollars raised if they’re on a mission to raise money and balance the bottom line.

Sometimes people say something, and then they change their mind. Unless the money is in the bank, it cannot be counted when someone says, “count me in.” I know, it sounds contradictory. It’s just safer to wait until you have the dollars in hand. People are human.


14046121_10204846371117808_4669610499791876103_n-1I’ve worked in a bank, been a donor, asked for donations, developed a few start-ups and worked for one professionally. The experience I have has led me down the path of coaching people on a system for raising money, which I developed using tools for networking. I’m always seeking those businesses open to expanding on a new level. The progressive types who are ready to make an impact. Are you ready? Let’s begin with a SOAR Discovery Session where you can share information with me about your mission. You walk away with three goals to accomplish for moving your mission forward along with the steps to follow. Click here to purchase a session for the introductory offer of $150. 

There was a time in 2013 when I trusted the word of someone saying they were in for $5000. These dollars were counted in the total until the confirmation eventually came, through repeated calls and follow-up, that it just wasn’t going to happen! Ugh! The news was disappointing and it changed a number of outlooks. It was something I couldn’t let happen again even though I’m a firm believer in optimism and trusting people’s word.

Follow up for when someone says the “check is in the mail” goes something like this:

  • Send a message to the person thanking them for the check, which is due to arrive. This will prompt them to remember if they forgot!
  • After 10 days – call to let them know their check has not arrived. Make sure you check all avenues before calling to make sure someone else didn’t receive it and deposit the money into the bank account. This call is to protect the sender if they’ve sent the check and now it is lost. You can also mention other types of payment options if you have them. This makes sending money faster and easier!
  • After another 10 days, if the check hasn’t arrived – this is usually a good sign that something has gone awry. Depending on communication, you could ask someone who knows this person if everything is okay? This is certainly not permission to share with anyone else the fact they committed to sending a check to you and they haven’t. Sending a note at this point, letting them know you haven’t received the check and letting them know you will notify them when it comes in, is an option.
  • As time goes on it’s okay to slack off on communication. You may choose to let them make the next move.

In the end the goal is to get the money in the bank. It may be beneficial to send an invoice, giving people options for payment. When direct deposit is an option, the bank or accounting person within your organization can inform you in a timely manner of deposits being made.

Good luck with making it REALLY happen!

Progression of success!

By Gayle Gross

Right now…what are you thinking about in relation to your business; home; family; favorite pastimes? It takes a progressive thought toward achievement in any one of these things in order to create success. Your success looks different than mine because we each have our own picture of what success is. If you want to chat about success, let’s do it! Click here to see my calendar.

I live downtown in Colorado Springs, which is a wonderful opportunity because it’s easy to walk to places. Restaurants, movies, galleries, and one of my favorite, the “Our Story Coffee” are all close by.

The image for this story really encouraged me to write on this topic. Living downtown also played a part in it. There are people on the streets who look like the man sitting on the ground; the man on the small chair; the man on the folding chair; and the man on the office chair! Every walk of life is here.

Would you like to try something with me? Write down a handful of things, which are most important to you. For example, I would write: happy and healthy family; peace of mind; being successful at my work; sitting with people I love and getting to know them better; being outside and spending time with dogs.

Chances are…the things most important to you are already things you have around you. Am I right? They are the things you think about the most.

The progression of success comes when we set a goal and move towards it. The man sitting on the ground may want to stay there although he doesn’t look happy and he’s got a laptop – probably looking at a photo of a guy in a suit sitting in a cushy office chair! It is up to him to believe he can be that guy and then, it’s up to him to take the steps to make it happen. What he could do:

  1. Focus everyday on his goal
  2. Take steps to achieve the ideas, which come into his mind
  3. Eventually, put together a progressive plan
  4. Take action

The ability to do this alone is not always possible. It is why services are set up to help people. The guy on the ground had obviously taken the progressive steps to be the guy with the biggest smile. He made an effort, which probably took his focus, hard work, and support.

I talk with people to help them achieve a “next step” when it comes to increasing market share and raising more money. A SOAR Discovery session is available for anyone on their journey to move forward. You can learn more about a SOAR Discovery Session through this link.

Yesterday, I met the director for the Ecumenical Social Ministries in Colorado Springs. This organizations helps the homeless people living on the streets. At the time, I was having lunch with the development manager for Eastern Colorado Bank and they buy the laundry soap for ESM. What a wonderful world we live in when people open their hearts to helping others achieve success.

Are you ready to be progressive? Let’s do it together.

SOAR Discovery Session

You may choose to have a 10 – 15 minute FREE call first. I am happy to learn about your program or business and provide feedback from an outside perspective! Click here to see my calendar.

The one thing you NEED for being successful at raising money!

Consensus – a mutual pact of everyone agreeing on the plan and the method being used.

How often are you able to develop a process and have everyone agreeable to it? What if you could make it happen every time? This would create a strength, which couldn’t be weakened without true intent.

You’ve heard, “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” Think of WILL as an acronym, which means – When I Listen, Lead. This gives permission to the people on a team to take the lead in discussions and planning. It means everyone has input and everyone is heard. The leader is comfortable in letting this happen. They welcome a person sharing ideas. The team is able to speak openly, and in the end come to a rational consensus.

Where there’s a WILL there’s a way! Listening and allowing people to lead speaks loudly. It creates the way to success. Be a WILLful leader and watch your organization grow!


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SOAR has a Webinar Series, which are four sessions describing a fundraising system where networking is the model. COMING SOON – a single session you can purchase for $35, which shares a proven method for bringing volunteers on board and into your mission. 

Stay Front and Center For Raising Money!

How fast are things changing in your industry right now? Change happens all of the time, this is true, although right now it appears to be happening at a much faster rate. What does this mean? In general, people are catching up to you if you’re not moving forward with new processes.

Tips for keeping momentum:

  • Discover what’s working and tap into it
  • Be educated on the trends
  • Stay aware of your position in the market

SOAR With Network Fundraising has a mentor program, which is $150 per month when you sign up for one year. You receive:

  • 50-minute strategic call with your fundraising coach/mentor each month
  • Individual goals determined with planned steps for achieving success
  • Templates and materials for building networks – the basis for growing market share
  • Training for marketing through social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc…)
  • A custom-made program, which you build together!

Would you agree that there’s only so much money to go around when people are asking for it? There are more than 1.5 million non-profits in the United States (grantspace.org). In 2014, there were over 400,000 new businesses opening their doors (Money.CNN.com).

SOAR with Network Fundraising mentors people for achieving success. Are you looking to be recognized as a leader? You can begin in one of two ways:

10-15 minute introductory call – click here

SOAR Mentor Program – Let’s begin now – click here for the first session!

When you purchase the SOAR Mentor Program it begins with a Discovery Session – $150. Prior to this first call you receive a questionnaire to complete. This allows the call to focus strictly on your program.

Jumping ahead takes a strategic plan. Spending your time in the right areas is key OR you’ll fall behind. Ensure you’re in the right spot by having a mentor for growing market share. Taking care of you means taking care of business. 


What does raising $50,000 look like?

The steps listed below are recommended AFTER you bring people in to learn about your mission through Organized Networking Events*.

Step #1:

You meet with an individual to learn more about them, listens to their ideas, and determine where your organization and their interests overlap. This is considered a one to one (“1:1”) networking meeting. It is never longer than one hour.

Use the simple format below to keep your meeting on task.

  • Greeting and getting comfortable with each other. FORM is a great acronym to remember for this process. Getting to know a little bit about Family, Occupation, Recreation, and Motivation/Message
  • Discover the connections you each have in the community and the best way to stay in touch with each other (email, phone, social networks)
  • Exchange ideas and when this person makes a suggestion, make them right! You may not agree or it may be something you’ve already tried. It is okay to request more information on their perspective.
  • Let the person know you want to follow up with them and ask for their permission to do so

Step #2:

Create opportunities for the person you met with. Provide support in ways, which are meaningful for them and adds value to their business or other interests. Determine how this new person likes to be recognized, and provide network leads and ways they can expand their mission through your knowledge.

It is important to do the following:

    • Follow up with them in a timely manner (3 – 5 days is best)
    • Use their preferred contact method (email, phone, social networks)
    • Send a thank you note for their time (hand-written is best)

Step #3:

You are the professional of intuition for this step. Determine the best way to integrate the new person into your mission. I teach about how someone helping you with fundraising is your best volunteer. Sometimes it means bringing them on board through another means because it is the way they are most in tune. This requires talking with them, getting to know their interests. The following scenario is simply a caution to remember.

Scenario: There was a young woman I coached who loved people and getting to know them. She became friends so well she lost the ability to ask them for money. It became difficult because she knew of their hardships. Network Fundraising requires a comfortable and professional distance.

The steps above are the basis in developing the V Formation in your organization. When this is established you strengthen the networking arms of everyone involved and SOAR*.

The simple steps listed above helped an organization raise OVER $50,000 within four months. The system is sustainable and has lasting effects!

There’s a training session available from the founder of the system via webinars – 4 sessions for $129. It’s your opportunity to learn from a professional fundraiser in the comfort of your space. There’s also a discovery session, which is a call to determine where you are in the fundraising process. This guides you toward reaching next steps and raising more money!

More info. on Webinar series – click here.

More info. on SOAR Discovery call – click here.

If you are interested in a combined package of the two (Webinar and Call) click the special offer tab in this website’s menu bar. There’s a special rate waiting for you there!


Gayle Gross discovered the process of increasing market share while working for a bank and developing the position of Relationship Development Professional. At the time, she was sitting on non-profit boards while representing the bank, planning networking events to bring people through the doors of the bank, and rubbing shoulders with a variety of different interest-groups. Network Fundraising grows market share and creates an opportunity to achieve greater financial success. Gayle is the developer, and teacher for sharing this wealth of information.


*Organized Networking Events are taught during the Webinar series. Gayle is also available to consult on the process through the Discovery Session. The guide – SOAR with Network Fundraising can also help with the process and it is available on Amazon through this link.

PLAN to raise money on PURPOSE!

What is the purpose for you raising money and why does it matter to others? Without knowing this you’ll never engage people in the process. Let’s put together a purpose statement for fundraising.

  • Begin with your mission statement for your organization and break it down line by line
  • Take each line and come up with three items describing what you’re doing for others
  • Fit the items you describe into different sentences. You will have a number of sentences when you’re done

A purpose statement is a declarative sentence which summarizes the specific topic and goals to be achieved. Narrow down the sentences you wrote. You may not get them into one sentence although do your best to be specific.

Your organization may already have something like this, and if this is the case, how does it match up after doing the process above?

Screen shot 2017-09-08 at 3.03.07 PMSOAR with Network Fundraising believes a purpose statement, when shared with people, will engage them. The goal of engagement in this instance is gathering support in the form of fundraising. Take a flock of birds. Did you know the leader can fall back into the flock and another bird will take the lead? You can plan for this by bringing volunteers/advocates on board, educating them about your purpose statement and allowing them to take the lead by sharing it for you!

Advocates share by word of mouth. A Harris Poll in 2016 said this:

  • Word-of-mouth isn’t limited to specific industries (i.e., it’s not just for eCommerce brands) or demographics, but certain age groups and income levels do rely more on referrals
  • The vast majority (more than 80%) of Americans seek recommendations when making a purchase of any kind
  • When someone shares or talks about a brand on social media, there’s a significant correlation to purchasing behavior
  • Incentive structure plays a big role in increasing and scaling referral activity

SOAR with Network Fundraising consults with fund raisers to assist in developing a productive advocate program. It’s an opportunity to be successful with minimal investment of time and money. There’s a Webinar series (180+ minutes) and an audit of fundraising systems available.

Relationships are key to growing market share. SOAR with the networking arms of people to elevate your success.

Enhance Fundraising in 50 minutes!

Discuss your fund raising program with a fundraising professional, who has helped people increase dollars raised EVERY time she has worked with them! Gayle Gross offers a SOAR Discovery Session where the main focus is discussing your systems. You get an audit with suggestions on how to improve fund raising results.

The SOAR Discovery Session is 50-minutes long and for a limited time is $150. The retail value is $189. You can set up a SOAR Discovery Session by checking Gayle’s calendar when you Click here!

Do you want more than one call?

Gayle mentors organizations through the fund raising process where there’s a thread of communication and education for reaching goals twelve months out of the year. There are a limited number of people she adds at this level because in order to ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL, it takes focus. Prices range from $1800 to $3600 depending on the level you choose. Send an email to iwantto@soarwithnetworkfundraising.com expressing your interest and include:

  • Your name and contact information, including a phone number
  • Your organization’s name
  • How much money you would like to raise by when
  • How much money did you raise over the last eighteen months and what was the method you used

Everyone submitting an email with interest is considered for the program. The ability to be involved depends on availability of open spots and knowing the mentoring program is a good fit for your purpose.

14046121_10204846371117808_4669610499791876103_n-1 Gayle Gross developed SOAR with Network Fundraising out of a need for a new concept in fundraising. Grant dollars are hard to come by as more and more non-profits make requests. Think about the time is takes to plan multiple events throughout the year to raise money. Is it worth the return on investment? Gayle has worked in development for twelve years but was a fundraiser long before that as an avid volunteer sitting on non-profit boards. She’s seen the flip side and knows the common techniques of people “asking” for money. She knows there’s a need to do it differently. She can teach you how!

Teaming “for-profits” and “non-profits” for mutual success in fund raising!

SOAR with Network Fundraising is a fundraising system that has proven it can increase dollars raised by $29,000 within four months. SOAR is bringing three non-profits and three for-profits together for an opportunity to create awareness of participants’ services. SOAR will work directly with these six organizations, teaching them about hosting networking events to increase market share. The only cost is purchasing refreshments and it depends on what the organizations want to offer. The goal is for all participants in this venture to spread their wings through working together to create mutual success in raising money.

If you are a for-profit business with enough space to host thirty people in the Colorado Springs area you can be involved with this opportunity. Please, send an email to iwantto@soarwithnetworkingfundraising.com to be considered.

If you are a non-profit business hoping to increase awareness in the Colorado Springs area you can be involved with this opportunity. Please, send an email to iwantto@soarwithnetworkingfundraising.com to be considered.

SOAR will host the three events in October. A for-profit and non-profit will be partnered for each event.

When you send your email add the following information:

  1. Organization/Business Name
  2. Type of services you offer
  3. Financial goal for the next year

Good luck and I hope to chat with you soon! – Gayle

14046121_10204846371117808_4669610499791876103_n-1Gayle Gross has twenty-two years of fundraising, business and program development experience. She began by developing a Pampered Chef business, coaching other consultants and achieving directorship within one year. She sat on the board for Centennial Lutheran Church in Littleton, Colorado and assisted with marketing their programs. She developed a business airbrushing goalie masks for hockey players nationally through word of mouth. Eventually Gayle worked for Park State Bank & Trust in Woodland Park and helped to increase market share through coordinating networking events. She later worked for Mosaic, which is a national non-profit. She has developed a fundraising system, which works for non-profit and for profit organizations alike. NOW, she brings the two together with the goal of teaching others how easy it is to increase funds being raised.