Our Vision is Simple:

Learn About Make Philanthropy Work

To ensure every nonprofit has the tools and expertise to take their fundraising to the next level and meet the needs of an evolving industry.


For six years, Make Philanthropy Work (formerly MPW Strategies) has partnered with inspiring nonprofit organizations and higher-ed institutions to generate immediate and lasting fundraising growth.

To date, we’ve partnered with nearly fifty organizations and institutions, offering innovative thinking and customized solutions that have transformed how they engage with their donors, resulting in significantly increased fundraising success.

Along the way, we’ve undergone a transformation ourselves. We now have a team of pros with diverse expertise across the full spectrum of fundraising disciplines. And we’re confident that our toolbox of innovative, relationship-driven strategies will be even more instrumental as we forge into the future, and continue to connect loyal donors with impactful missions. Meet our team; we cannot wait to meet you!

Our Mission

To guide and coach nonprofits along a path to more effective fundraising. We do this by:

Our Team

Patrick Gaines
Senior Advisor, Healthcare and Human Services
Jaime Garcia
Senior Advisor
Emily Gonzales
Senior Advisor
Laura Larson
Senior Advisor
Dr. Bruce Leslie
Senior Advisor
Kevin Jones
Senior Advisor, Technology
Hannah Ronan-Daniell
Senior Advisor
Dale Slusser
Senior Advisor
Jillian Sterns
Senior Advisor, Foundations
Kaye Taavialma
Senior Advisor, Charter Schools
Rebekah Wells
Senior Advisor

Let's work together to amplify your impact and advance your mission.


Patrick Gaines

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.