Inspired Fun Coach – Lori Cloninger Sweeney


“Regarding the September (2015) cover story on saying goodbye to a prospective donor: the film noir theme was so clever, and the “Movie Magic” sidebar was inspired. It’s not easy to make fundraising a blockbuster topic, but author Lori Sweeney and the CURRENTS team did a wonderful job of making me want to actually stop and read. Five stars!”

Karla Taylor, Former Editor-in-Chief, CURRENTS magazine

“Her style and her tremendous knowledge and expertise, plus her generosity and great courtesy (and sense of humor) make her a treasure in this program.”

Willamette Valley Development Officers/Portland State certification class member

“I wanted to let you know about some of the exciting things that your coaching helped make happen….board members are considering bequests(s)…I discovered a major donor…now joining our board…booked over 20 donor meetings…and raised nearly $20K! Thank you for helping me be a better fundraiser!!!!”

Catherine Hayes, director of development, Young Audiences

“Words can’t begin to express how grateful I am for the program today. You did a remarkable job. You know an audience is ENGAGED when they run out of time to ask questions. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm with me as we planned this program.  It was so very easy with you.”

Dawn Johnston, former AFP Portland program chair

“Lori, you’re a gem. You should write more; you have such a unique and enthusiastic narrative voice. I liked this line: ‘We have to remind ourselves that philanthropy is a string of choices the donor gets to make; we just lay out the opportunities and try not to make assumptions.’ Always good to remember.”

Mary Finn, Housecall Providers and WVDO/PSU certification program graduate

“Lori is the only fundraiser I’ve ever managed whose donors sought me out to tell me how much they adored her. I knew she was effective based on her results and the stories she’d share–but having endorsement from the people she sought gifts from demonstrated how truly donor-centered she is. It was an honor to be her manager, and to learn together.”

Sarah Zanzot Panetta, executive director of development, Reed College 


“Thanks for a wonderful and productive day!”

The Loyola Marymount University Annual Giving Team

Client List

  • Courageous individual gift officers!
  • Arts Council Santa Cruz County
  • Bridge Meadows
  • Columbia Land Trust
  • Habitat for Humanity (Willamette West)
  • LEAP
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Make-A-Wish Oregon
  • MercyCorps
  • National MS Society – Oregon & SW Washington
  • Oregon Episcopal School
  • Oregon Food Bank
  • Oregon Symphony
  • PSU Foundation
  • Presbyterian Foundation
  • SMART  (Start Making a Reader Today)
  • University of Portland
  • Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington


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