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.

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!

Get Ahead – Learn THE Fundraiser Making People Talk!

A Fundraising Migration is a fundraiser people are just discovering but the founder of SOAR has been implementing the concept for more than twelve years. It resources strategies for growing business connections. Organizations are now implementing the program within thirty minutes, which is how long it takes to get the details during the webinar session.


Avoid competition with the same-old events. This one, unveiled in 2017, raises money by bringing new people on board because they are attracted to the networking campaign, which gives back!

14046121_10204846371117808_4669610499791876103_n-1Gayle Gross is the founder of the Fundraising Migration. She’s an expert in the field of increasing market share for non-profit and for-profit organizations. She’s developed programs to increase fundraising by 126% within 4 months. She shares the secrets to achieve your own success!


SOAR – Quick Links for Fundraising Success!

Learn innovative solutions for raising money, which have historically worked for non-profit and for-profit companies.

SOAR with Network Fundraising offers FREE training sessions. They are listed below:

Overview of the SOAR with Network Fundraising system (10 minutes), which gives clues to getting started in raising more money: Click Here!

“Volunteers & Giving Back!” is a session for establishing and growing a volunteer program (30 minutes): Click Here!

SOAR with Network Fundraising offers training sessions requiring a fee. They are listed below:

SOAR Webinar Series, four sessions where NETWORKING is the focus, which you can complete in 160 minutes! Techniques are shared, which increased fundraising 126%! Get started now – $129 – Click Here!

SOAR Discovery Session, which is a 50-minute 1:1 call to audit your current system and determine three goals to move your program forward. This is about you and discovering strategies to get the most from your fundraising steps. Set an appointment now – $150 – Click Here!

“Gayle Gross is a passionate, creative, beautiful soul. I have worked hand in hand with Gayle on fund raising projects. SOAR is the perfect name, for when her ideas and principals are applied you cannot help but SOAR. If you are ready to be an eagle and take flight, SOAR with Gayle Gross.” David Mals

Stretch to raise money!

Imagine lifting your arms and reaching toward the sky. It feels so good to stretch. The same is true when you expand your circle of influence and bring new people in to learn about you.

Talk Less and Listen More

The more you learn about someone the more ways you can find to “overlap.” Listening gives us the opportunity to discover what’s meaningful to someone else. The more people we are able to listen to, the more opportunities we have to expand our circle. Receive tips via email for mastering this – click here!

Do What You Say

Following up in meaningful ways allows people to know, like and trust you. You listen and record what you hear. People gradually open up to doing business with you when they recognize your interest in them.

Choose Your Battles

A fight, which serves a higher purpose than yourself is worth consideration. People want to know you value a larger picture. Some people fight for what they believe in – just know there’s a time and place. Will the fight make a better situation for others in the end or is it all about you? Another thought to ponder – is the fight worth the aggravation it brings into your life or can you go about resolving it in a different way?

Be Present

When people make time for you, make time for them. You’re in a meeting and now you’re worried about your next meeting, your email, or phone messages. This is not the time. If you’re worried about missing an appointment set an alarm. If, for some reason, you do have to be available for a call – let the person you’re meeting with know that and then put your phone aside until it rings.

Continue To Grow

Welcome opportunities to learn. People like knowing the person they are associated with is educated and conscious of improving.

Good luck as you stretch for today. May you find the right people to assist your mission.

To receive three tips for increasing market share through networking – click here and receive them immediately via email. 

Volunteers & Giving Back!

Volunteers are so wonderful as they give of their time and we all know, time is money. When doing the calculations the other day, $24.14 is the value for each volunteer hour ( A person I know who coaches football is donating over $6000 worth of time to a local high school. He feels good about giving of his time and doesn’t ask for anything in return.

There are times when a volunteer feels unappreciated by the organization they spend most of their free time with even though they don’t expect anything in return. This is not something the organization does knowingly. In the FREE session on “Volunteers & Giving Back!” people have an opportunity to learn from the perspective of volunteers because they helped to put this exciting session together.

People tend to misunderstand volunteers. They believe them to be retired, and people who have a lot of time on their hands. The FREE session takes on the perspective of the volunteer. The image below is an example.

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A volunteer has a busy life and they are passionate about causes, hopefully yours! They lead others and know how to build relationships. They have a willingness to try new things, a bit of a risk taker. And best of all, they will stay in touch and communicate. Finding the right volunteer and keeping them motivated takes some skill. The FREE session offers ideas for you if you’re seeking to resource volunteers in a program!



Gayle Gross was an avid volunteer before becoming a “paid volunteer” to sit on non-profit boards. She is a published author and business advocate for increasing market share. Volunteers help an organization make big strides in achieving great things. The FREE session “Volunteers & Giving Back!” includes Gayle’s shared experiences with volunteers. The ideas shared have worked in the development of volunteer programs. 

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. 

Raising Money? Do it your way!

By Gayle Gross

Generally, we conform. Did you know the majority of people do not consider themselves successful. I’ve read in numerous places, after scientific studies, that the number is above 90% for people who never achieve their true desire. When everyone is conforming how can anyone expect to succeed?

Successful people do what they want to do. They set a goal and then determine a way to achieve it because they are passionate about being successful. A successful fundraiser does this, and if they are working for someone else…they get approval first. :  ) 

I consult with people who raise money. There are two groups:

  1. Those who work for a non-profit and it is their job to fund raise.
  2. Those who are in business now and want it to be more profitable.

The biggest benefit I’ve found in life is understanding you can only reap what you have sown. Planting seeds is often referenced with this thought. You plant the seed for an idea and you tend to it with care so it will grow. The same is true with raising money.

You SET A GOAL! Then, think of how you’ll reach that goal because of the experiences and trainings you already have.

Everything you’ve done in your life had purpose. The way you were raised, the mistakes and challenges you had, the successes you rose to the occasion for. They all make you who you are. The direction you need to reach the goal is something you know. And, you also know there are parts of the process, which you cannot do alone.

  • Be purposeful in reaching your goal by making a plan and having the courage to focus on it everyday.
  • Bring the right people on board to help you by forming a Mastermind Group. This is a group of people who know parts of the plan because it’s their specialty. Consider a mentor for fundraising as a member of this group.
  • Be active in the process

There was a time when I had to raise money quickly for a Pow Wow. The Native Americans were led to believe things were coming together and they weren’t. I was brought in at the last minute because I had networks established along with experience as an event planner. We put together a music concert including scriptwriters from Nashville. We had sponsors, and people paid to come. We auctioned off hand-written scripts by the musicians. The timeline for raising money was two months and we raised enough ($7200) to run the Pow Wow for two years.

Your experiences matter and doing what you love is bringing your knowledge together to achieve the goal, which makes a difference. You will succeed in raising money when you do it your way.

I’ve been asked how to talk with a supervisor about a plan. The first thing I say is that your supervisor is on your side. They want you to be successful. Take into consideration all of the aspects of your job, stay within the guidelines of policies and procedures, and weave your plan in. Schedule a meeting with your supervisor. Share the results you expect to achieve through the use of your plan. Ask for their guidance on next steps.

Good luck at attaining success-ability!



Gayle Gross has helped many organizations grow market share. She is focused on sharing the techniques, which she calls her secret to success. Her services begin at $129 and she keeps her rates low as a personal mission to help others. You can have a 10 – 15 minute discussion FREE to see if this type of training is a good fit. Click here to see Gayle’s calendar.