My mission is to help communities, nonprofit organizations, donors and volunteers attain their fundraising, communications and public relations goals in the most efficient, thoughtful, and high quality manner possible.
I am a one-person company and with rare exception, I do most all campaign design and implementation myself. The same is true for digital communications. I am an independent, seasoned by many years of hands-on experience. And, I would love to put my talents to work for you!
The most successful and ethical “development” program involves building relationships that last for the long term. I prefer to involve myself with organizations that share that mindset. It takes time – often six months to a year or more – to identify, properly research, cultivate, approach, solicit and secure donations, particularly substantial gifts. Patience and diligence are just what nonprofit organizations need to consider when aiming for major gift giving.
I have experience work across Texas and beyond, having lived and worked in Greater Houston, Greater Austin (two different times, and it is my current home), San Antonio (two separate times), Dallas and Corpus Christi. I have traveled across Texas from north to south and east to west visiting with donors, helping nonprofits large and small, and giving public presentations. Today, I also advise nonprofits across the world via social media, email conversation and video conferencing.
How I Do It
Some are surprised I do most all work by hand. I have learned to “do more with less” by:
- Thinking “smart,” reviewing resources you have on hand, and pondering how those might be enhanced or refined in order to move your project forward;
- Using new technologies when and where appropriate. I am tech savvy and adopt new technologies with ease. I am a volunteer for NTEN and NetSquared (TechSoup);
- Staffing donors, volunteers and executives thoughtfully and fully to enable significant donations to be secured from their colleagues (as they are most comfortable); and by
- Making use of your existing resources wisely.
While many believe major gift campaigns require an army of staff, the truth is, they do not. Large financial goals do not also mean large numbers of people on staff, nor large numbers of donors. Most successful campaigns on which I have worked attain their goals through the thoughtful, highly-tailored cultivation and solicitation of a relatively modest number of carefully identified, committed donors capable of making major gift donations.
I have become known for being able to clean-up “challenged” fundraising projects where quite a bit was spent on large, supposedly full-service consulting firms that were ultimately unsuccessful. I have seen nonprofits spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on them. I have been a “turnaround” fundraiser on more than one occasion. And, I have been asked to work with – or without – staff. I have learned over the years to be self-reliant.
Success depends upon careful evaluation, rolling-up one’s sleeves to do real work, courage and a “can do” mindset, believing in a good cause, and in not employing a “preset” consultant’s format. Each nonprofit is unique! One can learn from prior campaigns, of course, but major gift and special project efforts succeed best when the plan of action and its implementation are tailored specifically to the nonprofit and its constituents.
- A good friend, historian and nonprofit fundraising professional, Toni Turner has her own firm called, Non Profit Solutions Consultants. If you need more than one experienced hand, consider us both. We’d love to team up.
- A trustworthy accountant can make a world of difference in running a successful, professional nonprofit organization. They can also solve (and troubleshoot) problems. My personal and corporate accounting has been handled by Hahn & Oldham, P.C. of Kingsville, Texas for some 18 years. As a great deal of work today is done online, they can help you literally from any location, and they will travel as needed.
- I am also a professional advocate of Bloomerang. Follow the link to learn how you can improve your donor retention. To read blog posts produced by me for Bloomerang follow this link.
Some have asked if all one reads on this website is true. Yes! In fact, I have under-reported my nonprofit accomplishments.
I believe in diversity! I work with people of all political viewpoints, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and people of all ages regardless of sexual orientation or economic status. Some of my greatest achievements have been with small startups with almost no capital, and nonprofits with only a few donors. #StraightAlly
If you have questions of any kind, use the contact form. It reaches me quickly and will keep you out of the “spam” folder. Email is preferred.
The photograph of the sunflower and butterfly is courtesy of Fotolia.