Hazen Institute for Leadership Training (HILT)

About HILT: The Hazen Institute for Leadership Training (HILT) was founded in 2016 by mission driven impact sector champions Martha Hazen Schumacher and Amy Butler Smith. As leaders dedicated to excellence, Amy and Martha launched HILT to fulfill an unmet need in the sector: delivering high quality, substantive and personalized training to fundraisers and other sector leaders.

Martha holds the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising from a joint effort of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Institute of Fundraising (UK), and the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive and Certified Fundraising Executive credentials, respectively. Amy holds a Masters in Higher Education from Kent State University, and is well versed in curriculum creation and organizational development.

In 2019, HILT is coming to you!

We will bring our pre-developed courses or will create brand new content for your team. Email Amy at absmith@hazeninc.com to schedule a call to learn more about course offerings.

Past course topics have included:

  • Major Gifts Master Class – Comprehensive course for development professionals new to major gifts. Twenty students enjoyed rich content, multiple break-out exercises, and a special facilitated luncheon conversation. Students problem solved real-world and real-time fundraising challenges with the instructors and with each other.
  • 2017 Summer Series
    • Rockefeller to Zuckerberg: Raising Transformational Gifts in a Changing Philanthropic Landscape
    • Mission Tornado©: A Strategic Planning Tool for Peak Fundraising Success
    • How to Maximize Your Role on a Multigenerational Staff Team


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About Hazen, from Martha: I launched Hazen in 2003. Hazen stems from my family ties – it’s my middle name, and the name of my father, grandfather, and nephew. I chose the name for my business to recognize the first and longest lasting relationship of my lifetime: the enduring bond I have with my family.

Building on the relationship theme, I began promoting the power of philanthropy and raising funds for the mission driven impact sector nearly 25 years ago. With very few exceptions, my success has been a result of my ability to establish strong relationships with individual donors, in-house fundraising teams (staff and Board), and other key organizational stakeholders.

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