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Delivering the Best Practices To Achieve Fundraising Success

Fundraising consulting services that transform, impact, and advance missions

About MPW Strategies

Philanthropy Consulting Firm

MPW Strategies is a fundraising consulting firm, providing a suite of services that transform, impact, and advance missions. 

Our mission is to maximize revenue, develop effective systems and provide innovative professional fundraising solutions for our clients so that you can further your positive impact on our communities.

MPWS goal is to enable clients to embrace innovations in fundraising, sustain and enhance their revenue potential and build their capacity, and therefore, fulfill their mission and ultimately their vision.

Our View of Philanthropy

As the world of philanthropy continues to evolve, organizations face ongoing challenges as this marketplace becomes more complex and competitive, and donors demand increased impact and accountability. We are therefore committed to innovative solutions to enable clients to sustain and exceed their revenue goals, achieve substantially, and fulfill their missions.

Working hand in hand with your organization, we provide the latest in fundraising practices through a set of adaptable tools and strategies. We develop customized models, approaches, and systems to achieve fundraising goals and build capacity for future success.

Making Philanthropy Work – Your Fundraising Consulting Team

Matt Wasserman Fundraising Consulting

Matt Wasserman

Matt Wasserman – Principal and Founder

With over 20 years experience in the field of fundraising Matt Wasserman is the founder of MPW Strategies. Throughout his career, he has developed and integrated innovative fundraising practices, and in this role, he continues to realize a passion for guiding institutions to reach to new heights in funding.

Wasserman previously served as the vice chancellor of development for the University of Colorado Denver, where he directed philanthropic activities for CU Denver since 2010, achieving 300 percent revenue growth in three years. Additionally, he oversaw the successful execution of the CU Denver Creating Futures Campaign that raised over $84 million. Wasserman started at the University of Colorado Foundation in 2007, overseeing development for the CU Denver Business School. He played a prominent role in the campaign for the school’s new home, which opened in early 2012.

Before joining the CU Foundation, he was co-founder and partner of the Denver Development Group (DDG), a nonprofit and political fundraising consulting firm that represented several area organizations and Colorado elected officials. Wasserman also served as the membership manager for the Denver Art Museum, where membership numbers reached an all-time high in 2004 under his management. He previously worked for several state and national political campaigns.

Wasserman received a BA in political science from Colorado State University and an MBA from the University of Colorado Denver. Matt is a frequent presenter and trainer for the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Institute for Leaders in Development, and Association of Fundraising Professionals. His community involvement includes serving on the board of the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund and the Downtown Denver Partnership Membership Committee. Matt lives in Aurora, Colorado, where he and his wife, Jackie, spend time with their two children and two dogs.

Matt Wasserman Fundraising Consulting

John Pepperdine

John Pepperdine – Principal

In a professional fundraising career spanning more than two decades, John Pepperdine has developed expertise in seven and six-figure donor solicitation and management. He has been instrumental in raising over $150 million through campaigns and drives for universities and other organizations.

As special fundraising consultant for Metropolitan State University of Denver for the past two years, Pepperdine rebuilt the major, planned giving, communications and stewardship operation by introducing a relationship-focused donor management system. The updated system increased major gifts from $1.8 million to $6 million within a year. In 2017 he achieved a record-breaking fundraising year with $7.3 million, up from $3.2 million and more than double any year in the university’s history.

Pepperdine also has extensive fundraising experience with other universities in Kansas and Colorado. He served as associate vice president, advancement operations, at the Colorado School of Mines from 2013 to 2015. He was associate vice president and vice chancellor of development at the University of Colorado Foundation and University from 2005 to 2013. From 2000 to 2003 he was development director at the William Allen White School of Journalism at the Kansas University Endowment Association.

Earlier in his career Pepperdine was a senior consultant with Hartsook Companies Inc. in Wichita; manager of government relations at the American Cancer Society in Topeka, and deputy finance director for Missouri Gov. Carnahan’s Campaign Committee. In 1995 he served as a White House intern.

Pepperdine holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in history and political science and a master’s in public administration, both from the University of Kansas. He became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2005, and is completing the Certificate in Fundraising Operations from Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy. He also has public speaking experience with advisory boards, campus professional development conferences, and other government, professional and charitable organizations.

Matt Wasserman Fundraising Consulting

Patrick Gaines

Patrick Gaines – Senior Advisor

Patrick Gaines has 28 years of fundraising experience with cultural arts, higher education, healthcare and medical research organizations. For nearly three decades, he has helped lead nonprofit organizations through strategic planning and implementation, business development, talent acquisition and board management. He has a strong record of accomplishment in major gifts initiatives, planned giving, capital campaigns, corporate development and sponsorship marketing, annual fund and membership programs, grant writing, and volunteer recruitment/management. As a nonprofit executive, volunteer and donor, Patrick passionately fosters a culture of philanthropy throughout the organizations and communities in which he works and lives. 
Patrick served as the Executive Director of the University of Colorado’s Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine from 2011 to 2019, where he played a critical role in securing $50 million for operating and endowment, and an additional $17 million for capital construction. Prior to that, Patrick held the position of Director of Major Gifts with the American Cancer Society, where he helped secure the Society’s largest individual gift, $9.5 million, in its 100-year history. Patrick also piloted a new and innovative major gifts business model to increase the Society’s national investment in cancer research. 
Patrick’s experience in the cultural arts spans over 15 years, including senior fundraising positions with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Westfield Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey, and the University of Colorado Denver College of Arts & Media. Concurrent with his early fundraising career, Patrick also enjoyed a brief tenure as a professional musician, holding positions with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller. 
Patrick is a board member with the Brent Eley Foundation and volunteers with City Year Denver, CASA, and the ARC of Weld County. He has lived in Colorado for 18 years and enjoys hiking, climbing, skiing, cycling and ultra trail running. Patrick resides in Ken Caryl, CO and is the proud and grateful father of an eighteen year old son, Christopher, who will be enrolled in the University of Colorado’s College of Engineering and Applied Science in August 2019. 


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