Brian Saber, ’87

Asking Matters

Brian Saber

Brian Saber, ’87, is one of the field’s preeminent experts on the art and science of asking for charitable gifts face-to-face. He has spent more than 30 years working in the nonprofit world and has personally solicited thousands of donors as a director of development, executive director, board member, and consultant.

Saber harnessed this 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 keynote speeches, and coaches top-level staff, taking organizations to the next level.

In 2008, Saber 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.

Saber has led training programs and presented at conferences for Prevent Child Abuse America, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 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.

Saber is the author of Asking Styles: Revolutionize Your Fundraising, hailed by the Jerry Panas as “the best antidote I’ve read on taking the fear out of asking.”

Saber will be facilitating the "Innovations in Fund-Raising 201: Tips for Board Members and Nonprofit Professionals" and "Innovations in Fund-Raising 101: Tips for New Board Members" sessions.