Mariava Phillips, Fundraising Coach

What gets you excited about coaching?

I'm excited to support and encourage clients as they pursue God's call on their lives. The fundraising journey is a roller-coaster, but God moved during my own fundraising journey and I'm expectant to see Him provide in miraculous ways for others.

What's your #1 tip for gaining new funding partners?

Storytelling! People want to support something they feel a part of. Take them on the journey with you!

Tell us about a time where you helped someone overcome a significant barrier to successful fundraising.

It's easy to hit a "wall" when fundraising. I knew someone who was stuck at the 30% mark for over six months. We worked on three core things--communication, follow-up and referrals. Within three months they were at 80%.

Where can we find you on the weekends?

Exploring my new city (NYC) with my family--with coffee and something sweet in hand!

Where you have served as a missionary and as a fundraiser?

Served as a missionary in Manchester, England for three years and in Durham, England for one year.