Donor By Design Group and Westfall Gold have both forged innovative approaches to accelerate and deepen relationships between nonprofits and major donors


ATLANTA, Georgia  April 4, 2019 – Two recognized leaders in donor development – Donor By Design Group and Westfall Gold – have announced a strategic alliance to help nonprofit organizations accelerate major donor relationships. The objective of the alliance is to improve industry-leading major donor development services by leveraging the unique strengths, talents, and expertise of each firm.

Donor By Design Group (DBD) is a national consultancy that specializes in capital campaigns, annual campaigns, endowment programs, and other donor development strategies. After serving as the executive overseeing philanthropy for YMCA of the USA, Bruce Berglund launched DBD. Nearly 15 years later, the firm serves national and international clients, having raised more than $3 billion in partnership with the clients they serve.

“Bruce has successfully created a culture of innovation in a space that desperately needs new approaches,” said Bob Westfall, CEO of Westfall Gold. “We are honored to be teaming up with Donor By Design — an established leader in capital campaigns and fund development.”

Westfall Gold is the groundbreaking pioneer of the major donor weekend – a three-and-a-half day retreat for high capacity donors. Founded in 2002 by Bob Westfall, the Westfall Gold team has produced over 375 major donor events. In 2018, Westfall Gold events averaged $3.4 million raised from 76% of donors participating with a $96,700 gift. The company’s major donor consulting, event management, and creative services serve to deepen the bond between high net worth families and the nonprofit organization. Virtually all guests attending – 99.4% – said they would invite others to future events.

“Having seen the Westfall Gold model firsthand, I’m convinced that they have a proven approach and methodology to accelerating major donor relationships,” affirmed Bruce Berglund, President & CEO of Donor By Design Group. “Their commitment to excellence and ability to craft a powerfully compelling story is why we are eager to work closely with the Westfall Gold team.”

About Westfall Gold

Westfall Gold is the nation’s premier major donor fundraising consultancy — helping clients raise more than $930 million to date to fuel life transformation worldwide. Proven over the course of 400+ events, the signature Westfall Gold major donor weekend continues to produce exceptional results for clients, generating an average ROI of greater than 5:1.

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