With more than three decades of experience in donor development, Ron brings a wealth of experience and insight to his clients. As President of Frey Resource Group, Ron consults with nonprofit clients to them become extraordinarily successful in fundraising. He works with nonprofit leaders to achieve growth through marketing and fundraising solutions.
Ron’s early career includes leadership roles at Mission Aviation Fellowship, Food for the Hungry, Mercy Corps and Luis Palau Association. As a strategic and creative thinker, he has consulted and trained hundreds of organizations that share one common theme – the need to raise more money to make a bigger difference in the world. Ron’s innovative Breakthroughs in Fundraising! training program is designed to help ministry leaders become personally successful at fundraising. His clients include missions, youth organizations, camps, humanitarian organizations, schools and health care.
Ron’s has served on the boards of Portland Christian Schools, Northwest Christian Community Foundation and Christian Chamber of Commerce Northwest. Ron and his wife, Suzanne, have three grown children and live in Happy Valley, Oregon.
Posts by Ron Frey:
Posted on: 25 Jul 2019
It was a cold and clear Sunday morning last winter in Portland. We exited our church building having just heard a great sermon which touched on themes of social justice and generosity. On the sidewalk at the foot of the church steps was a Central American woman with four young children, and a sign that said “Hungry – please help.” What a set up! Having just heard the sermon, sung songs and prayed prayers, we were confronted with a real, live, opportunity to immediately respond to a hurting family. What would each one of us actually do? Give her money? […]
Posted on: 29 Apr 2019
You are the answer to somebody’s prayer
Posted on: 25 Apr 2019
What do you do when you feel like you’ve talked to everyone you know?
Posted on: 18 Apr 2019
What to do when you feel like giving up?
Posted on: 12 Apr 2019
The biggest mistake is not asking…
Posted on: 28 Mar 2019
When we learn to become fundraisers, we’ve got to overcome our fears
Posted on: 04 Mar 2019
If you can learn how to tell great stories, you could be a great fundraiser
Posted on: 24 Sep 2018
I heard a speaker at church shock the congregation with this statement: “God has not given you a purpose in life!” You could hear a pin drop as we waited for the next line, and he repeated it for emphasis. “You do not have a God-given life purpose!” As he continued his comments about how attempts to discover our own life purpose is an unbiblical concept, I found myself profoundly in disagreement with his statements. But then he made his point: God has a purpose. You have an assignment! My mind immediately opened up to what he was really saying. […]
Posted on: 10 Oct 2016
In the last blog, I explained that excellent fundraising is about winning donors, not just “getting the money” and I gave an example of a ministry leader who asked me for a big amount with a short deadline for a personal project. It was an “ask” that was out of alignment. Winning new donors is always a challenge. But with the right approach, you can do it and watch your donor base grow. In over 30 years of ministry fundraising experience, I’ve learned a few basic principles that might be helpful to you. Get properly introduced and endorsed from credible […]
Posted on: 29 Sep 2016
A ministry leader from a developing country recently connected with me through a social media website. His first communication was to ask me for funds for a personal project that would benefit one his family members. While the project was important to him, it seemed as if the only reason he wanted my social media “friendship” was to ask for money, as if he thinks I have a lot of it. And he wanted the gift right now. Now, I try to be sensitive to the Lord’s leading in these matters and I don’t get offended by people asking. But […]