Wayne Olson's New Book, Fundraising for Nonprofit Board Members

Wayne’s presentation of ‘Donor Relations the Disney Way’ gives creative and applicable insight and ideas to incorporate in your institution’s culture as it pertains to philanthropy.  His speaking style is engaging and suitable for either a small group or keynote presentation. — Jessica C., Western Kentucky University

Wayne Olson was exactly what we needed...Our Board retreat is only held once a year, and based on the comments we received, it was by far the best we have ever done. Wayne Olson delivered his presentations with inimitable flair and style. It was our privilege to have him challenge our Board of Directors in a way that was enlightening, educational and entertaining! We look forward to doing it again next year! — Bill Sorochak Executive Director Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire

I have worked with Wayne on many levels and have always been impressed with his integrity, knowledge and responsiveness. Whether it is planned giving advice, writing for the profession, or just general business counsel, Wayne is on the mark. — Jeffrey R. Fulgham, CFRE, Chief Advancement Officer at Patrick Henry Family Services

Wayne Olson is a consummate professional with a deep knowledge of all aspects of benefactor relations and the philanthropic cycle. He is expert with the technical issues of giving vehicles, and also at the interpersonal and softer skills of working with donors and boards. He is creative and has many ideas for engaging and thanking benefactors. Also, Wayne is a careful and thoughtful teacher. In addition to working with him as a consultant to my organization, I attended workshops that he led several times and always learned something useful and felt inspired. He brings a tremendous humility and dignity to the profession of philanthropy, and would be an asset to any organization that employs his talents. — Diana Parks, Nonprofit and Fundraising Professional

Wayne's gift of integrating enlightenment with entertainment captivates the audience. I am looking forward to the next time I have the privilege of sitting in your presentation. — Sandra Henningsen, Assistant Vice President, Crescendo Interactive, inc.

There are some people you know, and you really like. There are some people you work with and are true professionals and working with them makes you feel inspired and very safe knowing they will be an important part of your team. Wayne is that guy. — Christine Walters, Speaker, Trainer, Presentation Coach at Lessons Of Laughter, LLC

Wayne is patient and courteous and yet keeps his eyes set on the end game of his business interests. I have wished through the years that Collegiate School where I work could have been in a position to capitalize on what he and his colleagues had to offer. I have heard him make development presentations on several occasions - he is first-rate. — Stephen Hart, Director of Planned Giving at Collegiate School

I have known and worked with Wayne for over 15 years. He is very professional in everything he does. He is highly creative and a problem solver. I would recommend Wayne to any company and any project and would be proud have him on my team. — David Webb, Television & Video Content Producer & Mobile App Creator at Cedar Rock Media

I've known Wayne for a good number of years now. He's top shelf. He has a capacity for communicating in a clear, clean, and concise manner, making complex matters easy for novices to comprehend while still providing nuances that add value for peers. Whether the setting is one-on-one, a small group, or a large group, Wayne establishes rapport with his audience from the outset. By the end of a first encounter, Wayne is your preferred consultant - and, new friend. — Ted Sudol, CARTER (Managing Director)

Wayne is a contagious person. His love for the work, commitment to excellence and drive to make his work personal put him at the top of my list of people with whom to work. His creativity in presenting material in workshops is very effective at driving home the points in his presentation. — Les Helmuth, CFRE/CGPA, Executive Director at VMRC Foundation

Wayne's approach and drive for his profession is an attribute that not many have. He is a savvy, detailed and creative person who has been a friend of the Crescendo team as well as personally. His ability to present ideas and concepts in a way that everyone in the audience can relate to is unmeasurable. Wayne is an asset to all those he works with and provides an exceptional service in a professional manner. — Tyler Bacon, Integrated Marketing Specialist at Crescendo Interactive, Inc.

Wayne has the rare combination of being a subject matter expert and an inspirational human being. Wayne is a natural connector of strategies and people. When Wayne speaks, I listen. — Paul Laurenz, Manager of Information Technology, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

I could have checked all 3 attributes above in referring to Wayne. I first met Wayne at a Crescendo Conference several years ago when he was a presenter. I attended both of his presentations and thought that we need to have him do a seminar for our department. We were fortunate in that he was able to work us. He was WONDERFUL. His presentation was both informative and humorous. Since his presentation to our department I have had numerous requests from staff members in our department to "bring Wayne back". I would highly recommend him to anyone. — Harold West, Senior Director of Gift Planning at Meredith College

Wayne and I served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Gift Planning Council during the same terms. As President of the VGPC, Wayne consistently volunteered for tough assignments and always produced more than promised. He is one of the best speakers to ever present for VGPC. His entertaining presentation style and commanding knowledge of his topic received accolades from our professional association members and guests. I have known Wayne for approximately 8 years and know him to be a "family man" at home, and the epitome of professionalism in his work and volunteer roles. He is a person of integrity and high morals. I am honored to recommend Wayne personally and professionally. — Herb Bailey CFRE, Director of Gift Planning at Western Carolina University

As a consultant in fund-raising to nonprofits, I am very careful in recommending other service providers to clients. It is, therefore, a pleasure to be able to recommend Wayne without reservations. He is extremely knowledgeable, and The Trust Company of Virginia does a first class job for their clients. Beyond that, Wayne is primarily concerned about each client, making certain that whatever counsel is given will best serve the client's interest. We began to know each other as professional colleagues -- we have come to appreciate each other as good friends. Brydon DeWitt, President, DeWitt & Associates, Inc.