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funds raised as of December 2023

Over the past 24 years, we have helped our clients raise more than $100 million to advance their missions.   Some clients require only advising counsel to work with development staff.   Others need managing counsel to immediately fill a development vacancy or expand staffing to implement a new growth strategy.

In both roles, we provide experienced counsel in all aspects of fundraising to design and implement action plans for annual campaigns, special events, grant development, major gifts, and capital campaigns.

Do you have a growth goal?

“During his first year helping us, we received multiple gifts and grants that were bigger than the entire budget of our previous year; he helped us grow from serving a few hundred young people to serving a few thousand.”

youthrive, Inc.

DAVID ELLIS

FOUNDING MEMBER OF YOUTHRIVE | DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (RETIRED) GREATER TWIN CITIES UNITED WAY

“John  helped us engage the special donors whose gifts made our next building in Haiti a home for the growing number of orphaned children in need of a safe place.”

PIHS International Adoptions, Inc.

VIKRAM KRIME

FOUNDER & CEO | PIHS INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION

“Not only did we raise millions for research, but that research has started to make recovery possible for people living with paralysis. John’s fundraising leadership was essential to every part of that success.”

BEL13VE | Jack Jablonski Foundation

PETER BREW

FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE BOARD | FOUNDER & CEO, STATBRIDGE | GUTHRIE THEATER BOARD MEMBER

How we help your organization grow.

DISCOVER. CREATE. DO. MEASURE.

“John helped us achieve an enormously complex, yet creative new approach to serving families in need through a collaborative partnership that combined individual and corporate gift support, state funding through our local public schools, and a contract with the county human services division. It is a remarkable achievement.”

SUSAN HINTZ, SUPERINTENDENT (retired), OSSEO AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, DISTRICT 279

Building a Comprehensive Development Program

The spirit of generosity in our communities continues to thrive even in challenging times. We help organizations achieve the full potential of their resource development program by incorporating three inter-connected components in their fundraising:

  • annual giving campaigns that gives sufficient attention to acquiring new donors, renewing lapsed donors, and upgrading current donors for leadership gifts;
  • special events that focus as much on friend-raising as on fundraising, to help build awareness of the organization and create opportunities for greater contact with the mission;
  • major gift and planned gift cultivation that focuses on legacy opportunities for donors to make gifts from wealth, not just income.

ASSESSMENT & CONSULTING

Our client-focused, collaborative approach positions us to help you build the capacity needed to achieve your highest potential, and engage the passions of donors.

MANAGEMENT & IMPLEMENTATION

Effective management of fundraising programs require skilled, experienced professionals whose contributions drive sustainable growth across all areas of philanthropy.

ANALYTICS & ASSESSMENT

Our fundraising audit will assess your strengths and opportunities for growth. All plans use key performance mertrics to monitor progress toward achieving your goal.

Services to Support Growth

FUNDRAISING

When you’re ready to grow, the right campaign counsel will help you realize the full potenial of your fundraising program. From capital campaigns to planned giving, donor research to grant writing, we provide the right experience to help your organization achieve sustainable growth. Let’s get started.

We provide a comprehensive range of fundraising services for our clients:

major gift cultivation |  moves management  |  donor stewardship programs  |  planned and deferred giving  |  special events  |  grant writing  |  volunteer training  |  digital marketing & online giving  |  direct mail & electronic appeals  |  staff development and training  |  donor information management systems

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Donors are only one of the constituency vital to your success. We help you create communications for all your constituents, including direct media campaigns to lead prospective new donors to your website.

BOARD GOVERNANCE

The volunteer board is critical to non-profit growth. We help boards and individual board members understand their role and develop the tools to ensure success.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Raising money is one thing. Successfully managing the resources you already have is another. With decades of experience in nonprofit finance we can support your organization in making decisions that are based on a clear understanding of your financial condition.

STRATEGIC PLANNING

The Board’s most important role is strategic planning. Donors give to make a difference. Your mission and plan describe to donors how gifts to your organization will make a compelling change in the world . . . how you will make a difference, together. We guide the planning process for staff and volunteers to develop a clear, common understanding of how your organization will change the world.

GIFT STEWARDSHIP

Sustainable fundraising success depends on more than ‘asking.’ It requires stewardship, recognition, records, and reporting. We work as your partner to create the database systems and services that will help you build long-term donor relationships.

Not sure where to begin?  Ask us about a fundraising audit.

Our audit assesses the internal capacity and external opportunities of your fundraising program.

You can raise more money.

We can show you how.
Your first consultation is always free