Brian Saber, Governance Trainer & Consultant

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Brian Saber is a BoardLead Trainer at Cause Strategy Partners. Brian is one of the field’s preeminent experts on the art and science of asking for charitable gifts face-to-face, and he has been working with boards for more than 35 years to help unlock their fundraising potential. Brian has personally solicited thousands of donors as a director of development, executive director, board member/chair, and consultant.

Brian harnessed all that frontline experience to become a sought-after trainer, coach and
consultant around the country and abroad. His work is transformative. He leads workshops and
trainings, presents webinars, delivers keynotes, and coaches top-level staff and board members, taking organizations to the next level.

In 2008, Brian co-founded Asking Matters, the most comprehensive online resource on asking in the field. Asking Matters is home to the Asking Styles, a revolutionary concept in the field that helps people understand and embrace their unique strengths as fundraisers. Asking Matters offers a basic membership, a deep-dive course, webinars and other training opportunities. It also hosts the popular Fundraising Masters series.

Brian has led training programs and presented at conferences for Prevent Child Abuse America, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Environmental Defense Fund, Social Venture Partners International, National Public Radio, Volunteers of America, the U.S. Olympic Committee, The Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, AFP International, numerous AFP chapters, the North American YMCA Development Conference, and others.

Brian is the author of Asking Styles: Revolutionize Your Fundraising, hailed by the late Jerry Panas as “the best antidote I’ve read on taking the fear out of asking,” and Boards and Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success. His third book, on the relationship between board governance and fundraising, will be out in the fall of 2021.

Brian’s causes: teaching everyone how to be comfortable and effective asking for gifts