Capital Campaign Assessments Capital Campaigns Grant Research & Proposal Writing
My approach to making your organization more successful differs from many other nonprofit consultants. I don’t work behind a curtain and then rush in and save the day! I’m a teacher, as well as a doer.
When I work with small to mid-sized organizations, my aim is to train people in the organization so you have added skills that continue to improve your nonprofit when my engagement with you is complete.
It’s about building YOUR capacity to deliver YOUR mission in a bigger way. Here’s how I can help: Fundraising Capital Campaigns I have a particular love for capital campaigns because of the impact they can have on the future of an organization. Here is my approach for small- to mid-size nonprofits:
Conduct a thorough pre-campaign planning study to help determine community and constituent support for your organization’s capital campaign.
Provide capital campaign planning, management and direction by working collaboratively with your board of directors, staff and campaign volunteers and assisting them to achieve capital campaign goals.
Throughout the process, I provide training and tools to strengthen your organization’s own ability to continue to raise funds to support your mission.
Grant Research and Proposal Writing Isn’t it great to live in such a philanthropic society? In fact, there are thousands of foundations, nonprofit organizations, government entities and philanthropists who are seeking ways to leverage their own work in a particular area. I can help you find those who might lend support to your organization with these services:
Research and compile targeted grant funding opportunities that are best suited for your organizational needs.
Create a Case for Support that expresses your organization’s mission and need for funding.
Prepare grant proposals based on requirements of the potential funding source and your organization’s priorities.
Development Planning and Reviews Many organizations see a need to step back from time to time and reassess their fundraising efforts. I enjoy helping nonprofit staff and board members learn effective fundraising methods and giving them the tools to be successful. My third-party perspective can often reveal ways to improve methods of future fundraising through these steps:
Conduct an internal assessment of your organization’s fundraising program
Provide an evaluation of strengths and challenges and offer suggestions for improvement in specific areas.
Create a Development Plan for your organization that will help focus on your annual fundraising efforts and outline timelines, areas of responsibility, budgets and fundraising goals for each funding category.
Capacity Building Board Development and Training A nonprofit organization is only as strong as its board. That’s why it’s so important to intentionally build the kind of board that will place a high value on your mission and work hard to further it. Here is where I can help:
Evaluate your board’s strengths, capacity and organization.
Identify roles and responsibilities of board members.
Share up-to-date methods to identify board members who can fill skills gaps, to recruit the strongest people available and to orient them in a way that furthers your unique mission.
Provide customized board development and training to address the specific challenges your organization faces.
Strategic Planning Is it time to set some new goals? To reach higher and think bigger? Strategic planning can stimulate momentum and rally your board and staff on the path to mission delivery. As an objective third-party, I can:
Assess your organization’s current capacity for growth and improvement.
Guide your organization through a simplified planning process that engages key staff, board members and volunteers to help prioritize goals and objectives for the next one to three years.
Deliver a plan that has broad buy-in, so it gains traction and comes to fruition.
Custom Training and Workshops It would be rare, indeed, to find a nonprofit that has all the financial resources needed to meet its mission. This is where my skills in fundraising, combined with my passion for training others, can bring success:
Provide staff and board members with tools and knowledge to gain basic fundraising skills.
Conduct training and workshops that are completely customized to your unique organizational needs.