Mazarine Treyz- Testimonials for Speaking and Training on Fundraising


Individual Giving:


Thanks to the clear instruction in your monthly giving presentation, we have begun to roll out our monthly giving campaign. We received two new donors to our organization with just one email announcing this new giving option! Our season has just started with a full page ad in the program. I’m ready with my tracking sheet and premiums to include in their hand written thank you notes. Thanks for your methodical presentation of this process!

-Robin Scurto, Development and Marketing Associate, Lone Tree Arts Center, Denver, Colorado


At the end of one of Mazarine’s webinars, I asked if she would review the year-end appeal letter I was in the process of writing. She readily agreed and off it went. Within hours, the letter was back in my in-box with some excellent suggestions. She has the ability to hone in on what is really important, eliminate what isn’t and identify what needs special emphasis. Her webinar was packed with practical, easy to incorporate tips and I learned more in that one hour than I have in two to three hour workshops. -Claudia Harrod, Cincinnati Area Senior Services, Cincinnati, Ohio


“Your Tons of Money In the Mail webinar gave me many fresh ideas that I would like to incorporate into my upcoming mailings. I plan to review my notes and the supplemental materials provided in order to create an “action plan” for the lessons learned. Thank you!” -Amanda Parker, Grants and Development Manager, OPERA America


“I’ve been trying for years to figure out how to write about our non-profit in a way that moves folks to action. After just one session of your Make Tons of Money in the Mail seminar that I finally got how to do that! Because of the shift in copy inspired by Tons of Money in the Mail, Nourish America is being featured in a special report on Hunger that will be in the Chicago Sun Times along with heavy weights – Feeding America and Meals on Wheels! The editor specifically told me that she was particularly excited about how visceral my copy was and that she’d never seen hunger described like that before!” -Mary Morgan, Nourish America, Ojai, California


“Tons of Money in the Mail gave me TONS of ideas for making our year-end direct mailing more effective. The opportunity for questions and answers was also extremely valuable! Thanks!” —T.J. Holsen, Development Director, Parents as Teachers of Lake County, Inc. Indiana


I just wanted to thank you for your helpful emails and tips. They are always insightful, fun and relatable. I want to thank you, in particular, for your end of the year appeal course. One thing always done around here was a quarterly newsletter, and the Christmas newsletter was always the most important one, as they hoped it would amp up end of year giving. Unfortunately, it wasn’t anymore. Newsletters have been the same format with the same info for 10+ years.

After taking your e-course, I decided to take the leap and suggest we try an end of the year appeal letter, something our organization has never done before (because “everyone else did it”).

I wrote the letter, we spent a week around thanksgiving stuffing 5,300 personalized letters and envelopes, and we crossed our fingers as they went out.

Since the beginning of December, we have brought in $27,550 from the appeal. (It’s now December 21st).

Your e-course helped us make three to four times what we usually bring in at year end!

I jump for joy when we see an appeal remittance envelope come in. It’s a great feeling to know an idea worked, and I have you to thank for it!

— Jennifer Teeters, Grants & Media Specialist, Opportunities, Inc. Texarkana, TX


Getting Tons More Sponsors


“Within four hours of soaking in all of your wonderful lessons and advice, I was able to empower someone to bring in a hefty item for one of the Silent Auctions, and secure a major score of my own.

Better yet, using what I had learned within the prior twelve hours, I was able to put together a variety of sponsorship packages for a recently-revealed connection in an industry you mentioned AND

“Wow!”, I not only secured a $1500 sponsorship for a specific need, but just found out that we received a $15,000 sponsorship, as well. I’d say that’s a darned good return on one webinar!  Thanks a million!” -Judi DeSouter, Director of Advancement at Catholic Elementary Development Partners, New York, NY


“Excellent presentation on sponsorships, helpful, informative, and motivating! -John Panarese, Executive Director, Animal Rescue League of Fall River, MA”


“We are a grassroots organization doing our fifth fundraising event next year. Mazarine’s Wildly Successful Events Sponsorship Webinar helped us brainstorm who to approach and lots of ways to convince them to sponsor us! Tremendous value. If you’re looking for sponsors, take this course! ” -Denise Hawkinson, Ph.D., Board member, Post-Partum Health Alliance


“I was highly impressed with Mazarine’s Wildly Successful Events webinar. She provides practical advice and pertinent information on best practices, how-to strategies and many new and different places to look for sponsors. Great for anyone, novice to expert.” -Karrie Groves Riemer, Operation Sack Lunch, Seattle, WA


“Wildly Successful Events helped me ‘think big’ for a big event. Great resources, fresh ideas and lots of energy. Thank you!” -Leigh Crow, Director, Resource Development, United Way of Forsyth County, Georgia


“Wildly Successful Events provided me with valuable information and some creative new ideas that I will put into practice immediately! So much to think about! -Sue Ann Lynes, Executive Assistant/Corporate Membership, Soil and Water Conservation Society, Iowa


“I learned so much from Mazarine’s Wildly Successful Events seminar! I have already put some of her tips into place with great success! It’s definitely a valuable presentation.” -Colleen Payne, Executive Director, Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky


“Mazarine gave me TONS of ideas of where to look for sponsorships, we are gonna make SO MUCH MONEY!”-Mary Morton, Communications and Program Director, Nourish America, Ojai, California


Finding and Retaining Volunteers:

We just had a very inspiring webinar with Mazarine Treyz. She worked with me to customize her presentation to meet the specific needs of our member programs and to make sure they had immediately applicable tips to take-away. She is a powerhouse of information on recruiting and retaining volunteers.  -Magda Hageman-Apol, Vice President and Director of the Meals On Wheels Leadership Academy

Other fundraising advice and help:

“That was a great session! I didn’t realize I could learn so much in an hour and a half! 🙂 I am the first person in our organization of 20 years with the title fund developer–a lot of folks are counting on me. All of the resources you shared will be invaluable!” -Linda Parson, Birthing Project USA

Wow, what a great presenter and a wonderful class! So glad you offered it. -Sonya

Mazarine was exceptional….purely and simply! Mazarine seems to have a wealth of knowledge and is able to share it in a way that was clear, concise and comprehensive all the same! -Anonymous, June 2012 webinar

Fabulous presentation that inspired thinking about new, fresh directions for volunteer recruitment and retention. What a great pep rally! -Anonymous June 2012 webinar

Mazarine was great. I liked that she talked fast because she was able to cover a lot of information. I think this was the best webinar I’ve attended. And I attend a few each month. -Anonymous June 2012 webinar

Mazarine provided many out of the box”ah-ha” ideas about recruiting non-traditional volunteers – families, college students, public safety workers, etc. I am eager to share these ideas at our next board meeting, and to give my webinar notes to our Volunteer Coordinator. -Anonymous June 2012 webinar

I thought it was very informative and received good tips for my year-end appeal letter. I thought Mazarine was terrific. I look forward to attending another webinar .

Full of great information, and was great to be given other links as resources and supplemental materials– that makes it an incredible value! I also appreciated the presenter providing real world examples. -From October 2011 webinar

This workshop was helpful! I liked the interactive approach, I got to talk about what our agency is doing and get personalized feedback for improvements.” -Erica Schmidt, Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, Austin, TX

“I liked Mazarine’s workshop. It was small and very personable, great info and energy, examples and resources aplenty, very open to Q & A.” -Rich Lillejdahl, Mary Lee Foundation, Austin, TX

“I’ve learned so much about fundraising and marketing! I had a fabulous time learning as my experience was filled with her warmth as a person.” -Shoshana Avree, Executive Director, A Child’s Life Nepal

“The most important thing I got out of Mazarine’s presentation was how important it is to network, put yourself out there, be persistent, dedicated, passionate and incorporate new technologies into your job search and life.” -Anonymous


Fundraising ideas

“Since I first stumbled across your “Wild Woman Fundraising,” I have wanted to be in touch with you.  Like so many of my colleagues–I think especially my women colleagues–in fundraising, we’re running at a thousand miles and hour and want someone to come alongside us to tell us we aren’t crazy, we’re making progress on doing the right things, we are making a difference. Thank you for playing that role for me.

I have 33 years of non-profit fundraising experience.  I earned my Certified Fund Raising Executive designation in 1991. Thanks for bringing what you do to the rest of us. Your resources, your presence, your personal stories, the successes and opportunities you share are very meaningful to me. Please keep doing what you are doing! Blessings to you in your important work”

–Ruth E. Messick CFRE, Vice President of Gift Planning and Public Relations


“When I stumbled upon Mazarine’s blog at midnight, I was in search of answers; answers that would take my nonprofit to the next level. Being a new executive manager in a new career field, I often wondered if my current approach was the best approach or even an effective approach. I found the Wildwoman Fundraising blog and immediately signed up for the newsletter. I have been a huge supporter ever since. Mazarine confirmed my initial efforts and instincts, and she was a great encouragement to my capabilities. Through her webinars, very informative blog post, and newsletters, my e-mail marketing open rates have increased to 17% from 9%, my fundraising revenue has increased 50% in 7 months, and we have implemented key development plans that would have never been executed had it not been for her consulting. I have purchased both the Wildwoman’s Guide to Fundraising and the Wildwoman’s Guide to Social Media and both books are absolutely wonderful resources for any nonprofit management and development staff. I would certainly recommend Mazarine for any of your nonprofit/fundraising needs! -Kenita Pierce-Lewis, Founder, H.O.P.E. Inc, Georgia.


For my book, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising:

Here is a video review of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising from Cher Hale
“The value of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising exceeds the price tremendously. I was recently employed at a small, local nonprofit, and this guide has directed me to ask the right questions and use the answers for increased organizational effectiveness. It is a book that you need to keep on your desk for future reference if you plan on raising serious money. -Cher Hale, director at Hero School(”Wild Woman's Guide to Fundraising

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Praise for the Wild Woman's guide to fundraising from Cher Hale

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Praise for my blog

I think you’re the most amazingest wildest woman fundraiser out there. I’ve told so many people about how smart and wonderful you are, including some fancy-pants Manhattan consultant who offered a free event audit. Thanks so much for everything. -Molly Ola Pinney, Founder/ CEO, Global Autism Project

“I want to thank you for sharing your “wild” witty, warm and wonderful insights into all things NFP! I have a company which works on the corporate side of the table-Cause Marketing-and you have so effectively channeled the elephant in the room! I’ve found myself working harder for the NFP in some cases than the paid professionals!

Your blogs are a voice of common sense, humanity and most importantly, LOL humor in a world of “unreal reality”

Had a meeting with two corporate clients this week, one said “I’m in business to satisfy my greed” Another “I don’t want you to promote my company, just me, me me!” Oh My! Thanks for keeping me sane!” -Reader in North Carolina

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