Supporting exceptional careers in philanthropy

Belief and confidence retreat facilitation

“Strong belief and confidence, combined with deep engagement, create the possibility of philanthropic partnership…The largest gifts then spring naturally from a mutual desire—on the part of the organization and the philanthropist—to combine resources to get something done.” from Belief and Confidence: Donors Talk About Successful Philanthropic Partnership, by Ronald J. Schiller

Strengthening your organization’s culture of philanthropy by increasing belief and confidence among your staff and stakeholders deepens donor commitment and raises levels of philanthropic support.  ALG’s Belief and Confidence Leadership Retreats build understanding and consensus across your organization about the commitment required of everyone—especially those in leadership positions—to create and sustain a culture in which philanthropic partnership can truly thrive.

The ALG Approach:

Prior to your retreat, our experienced consultants work with you and your retreat planners to gather information on current levels of belief and confidence in the organization, across internal and external constituent groups. We identify areas of strength upon which the organization and its leaders can capitalize, and we identify areas of weakness that the organization and its leaders need to address. During the retreat, we discuss sixteen characteristics of belief and confidence that are high in organizations with a thriving culture of philanthropic partnership, and we build consensus around plans to move the organization to a position of strength in all areas.

Depending upon your needs and objectives, retreats can be designed as ½ day or full-day events.  We’ll then support you in the creation of concrete action plans for change and future evaluation following the retreat, so you have the tools to build and sustain a robust culture of philanthropy over time.

Outcomes you can expect:

  • An action plan, based on proven change management methodologies, to allow you to capitalize on your strengths and shore up areas of weakness
  • Deeper organizational understanding of the attributes of a healthy culture of philanthropy and of the leadership strategies required to sustain and strengthen your culture of philanthropy over time
  • Stronger engagement of key internal and external constituencies in working to achieve your goals


“The Aspen Leadership Group has facilitated Belief and Confidence discussions in retreats of our hospital board, foundation board, senior management team, and fundraising leadership team. ALG has provided invaluable assistance in building shared understanding, consensus, and commitment to philanthropic partnership across our organization. They are excellent thought partners; we highly recommend ALG to leaders interested in creating strong and vibrant cultures of philanthropy.” 

- Jena Hausmann, CEO, Children’s Hospital Colorado

- Steve Winesett, President, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation


 “The Aspen Leadership Group provided expert direction and execution of a retreat of college presidents. The preparation before the meeting was superior and the facilitation of our retreat was as near to perfection as possible – knowing when to insert a comment or question to get the group focused and back on track as well as knowing when to the let the discussion evolve and grow. I look forward to working with Aspen Leadership Group in the future for this type of work as well as other assignments.”

- James Gandre, President, Manhattan School of Music


For more information, contact:

Susan Faraone
Senior Consultant