Running a Successful Capital Campaign with Limited Staff & Resources

Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at 1:00 Eastern

Zach Gurick & Askala Harris Calhoun


Zach Gurick

Senior Consultant

Zach brings extensive fundraising and executive coaching expertise to The FOCUS Group. He learned about the firm’s Taking Donors Seriously┬« framework while serving with Young Life for 15 years, where he oversaw 20 staff and worked with major donors to fund new projects. Recent campaigns Zach has led or co-led include Dallas Theological Seminary ($200M), Covenant College ($33M), Lakeland Christian School ($28M), The Coalition for Christian Outreach ($17.5M), and Hoving Home ($12M). Outside of work, Zach enjoys training for and competing in triathlons and running events. He recently completed his first Ironman. Zach, his wife Blair and three children live in Naples, Florida and enjoy being out in their boat. You can also find Zack coaching cross country, track, baseball, flag football, golf, and soccer. He continues to be actively involved with the local Young Life area in Southwest Florida.

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Askala Harris Calhoun

Director of Learning Partnerships & Consultant

Askala is a life-long learner whose passion is applying new and innovative concepts to her wealth of expertise in order to help organizations thrive. With a career in philanthropy spanning more than twelve years, she leads with warmth, humor, vision, and strategy. As a leader in major donor development and nonprofit management, she has held the titles of Executive Director, Executive Director of Development, Senior Director of Major Gifts, and Director of Development in small ministries and large organizations, including for the University of Texas at Austin and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation (USA). She has also planned and executed outstanding corporate social responsibility programs for Fortune 500 companies. Askala has demonstrated excellence in nonprofit consulting, including building fundraising and major gift programs, donor engagement and development, strategic planning, and leadership and board development. Having served in executive leadership positions, on boards of directors, and in volunteer roles with various organizations, Askala brings a unique and holistic perspective to the nonprofit sector and has used those experiences to help clients enhance their financial sustainability and organizational infrastructure. Askala resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with her husband and their two dogs. Askala is a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and is active in lay leadership at the local, regional, and national levels.

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