Robert Stein, CEO, Founder
Robert Stein founded MajorGiving.com in 1994 in order to make a significant impact on the culture of philanthropy. Under his leadership, MajorGiving has helped over one hundred nonprofit clients meet their major giving, executive recruitment, capital campaign, and planned giving goals. Robert has developed fundraising programs for the Hartford Stage Company, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca College, and Syracuse University. He has also worked with conservation and environmental organizations and served the public broadcasting industry as a leading consultant in every aspect of fundraising, board advising, staff training, and data mining.
Among Stein’s honors: appointment in 2005 by the Governor of Virginia to serve on the state’s public broadcasting commission (reappointed in 2009); recipient of the 2003 Public Radio Association of Development Officer's Pioneer Award for leadership; Management Fellow with the National Endowment for the Arts, 1985; Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, Hartford, 1984.
MajorGiving.com has received grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to support their work with several dozen public radio and television stations. Stein has been a presenter at more than 30 conferences and has served on many nonprofit boards, including the Contemporary American Theater Festival.
Lisa Ondak, Senior Consultant, Major Gifts
Lisa Ondak brings more than twenty years of non-profit experience in publicity, marketing and development to MajorGiving.com. She consults with a variety of public broadcasting stations, helping them identify and expand their major giving opportunities.
Her work includes cultivation and stewardship of major gifts, case building, volunteer training, estate giving, capital campaign planning and executive recruitment.
Lisa’s past titles include Marketing and Development Director, Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, Houston; Associate Director of Development, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra; and Associate Director of Development, Theatre Under The Stars, Houston.
Sinclair Crockett, Consultant
Sinclair Crockett is a development professional with over 30 years of award-winning fundraising and development experience in the not-for-profit sector. As Membership Director of KQED, Sinclair was responsible for raising $12 million in annual revenue through direct mail campaigns, including renewal, annual gift, lapsed and acquisition series. By the time she left the station in 1994, membership was at the highest level ever reached by the station.
As Development Director of KCSM, Sinclair created a successful "high touch" campaign to raise capital for the television station in addition to managing all the other fundraising activities of the joint licensee.
Upon returning to KQED as a major gifts director, and then joining Make-A-Wish, Greater Bay Area, Sinclair created innovative major gifts cultivation strategies for both organizations. As a direct result of Sinclair's focused cultivation, leadership giving revenue nearly tripled in three years at Make-A-Wish and set new records for donor retention. A self-described “data geek,"
Sinclair knows her way around most of the legacy databases currently in use, and was a key member of the team of part of the KQED that migrated to a Salesforce-based platform. Sinclair is happiest when working with other non-profit professionals to identify new ways to increase back-office efficiency, and raise more money, using her geekiness as a force for good!
Katie Gardella has dedicated her career to helping nonprofit organizations build capacity, train volunteers, and raise resources to fulfill their missions for the betterment of their communities. She has counseled numerous CEOs, board members, and development staff at nonprofits of all sizes and gets the highest satisfaction from helping institutions grow and reach their goals.
Katie served as Major Gifts Director at KPLU Public Radio in Seattle, Washington, and Manager of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Washington.
Katie Gardella, Consultant