Development & Fundraising
Case for Support Development
Why does your organization exist? What purpose does it serve? Our process will help you communicate your story beyond your vision and mission statement. A Case for Support should be both unique and compelling. When done properly using deep introspection and input from your stakeholders, your audience will form an emotional connection that will cause them to care about your work, and then to support you with their time, talent and financial donations. Let us help you grab their attention and convince them to care.
Fundraising Strategy and Resource Development Plan
The tools, processes and knowledge of the local & national philanthropic landscape are critical in your organization's success in achieving its revenue goals. A well thought out fundraising and development plan consists of more than donor prospect lists and gift range charts. Our fundraising and development process will utilize your existing assets, including people, programs, volunteers and financial resources to chart a course to meet your organizational budget needs.
Campaign Planning and Implementation
Most organizations would like to raise a lot of cash in a small amount of time, and to do so, your campaign strategy should reflect both your short and long term goals. Campaigns do more than raise funds, and should be designed to increase the brand and visibility of your organization, its board and staff, its programs and the positive impacts all have had on the community beyond those directly served by its work. Our planning process will help you define the components of your campaign, from a robust individual giving program to special events, government grants,annual giving, grassroots fundraising and/or corporate and foundation giving.
Prospect Research and Moves Management
Who in your community, and beyond it, is interested in the work of your organization? Are there local businesses whose new funding priorities match your mission? How do you engage them? How can you appeal to their interests and passions? Also, you've done a lot of work to secure committed volunteers and staff - how can you convince them to become donors as well? Allow us to help you navigate the science and art of finding and cultivating prospects, securing new donors, and creating a plan to move them into higher levels of commitment and investment in your organization.
Major Gift Solicitation Training
Our experience with teams raising over $50 Million for various campaigns provides a solid foundation for fundraising success. A critical component of any major giving campaign is knowing who, how and when to cultivate the donor, and more importantly, what is needed before soliciting the actual gift. We will asses your existing major giving program and help you identify your highest impact solicitors and ambassador network. During a process working directly with your executives, board members and fundraising staff and other solicitors, we will help you develop and build the interpersonal and professional skills needed to achieve success in securing large financial donations.
Grant and Proposal Writing
Grant and proposal writing is more than submitting budgets, program descriptions and staff bios to secure much needed funding. Once a relationship between the organization and a potential funder is established, your organization may be invited to submit a funding proposal for consideration. It is at this critical stage that the organization must be prepared to make their best impression in a 2-dimensional document or online application. Our firm will help ensure that your proposal or grant application is both complete and concise, includes all required supporting documentation and is submitted in a timely manner and within the guidelines specified by the funder. We can also support grant administration and reporting as an additional service after funds are awarded, helping preserve a positive working relationship with your financial supporters over time.