Challenges in fundraising result from the inherent variability of philanthropic funding. As a comprehensive non-profit consulting practice, The Wasserman Consulting Group offers a broad spectrum of services to appeal to client-specific needs.
Annual fund and major gifts campaigns
We are experienced in conducting annual fund campaigns and can evaluate your campaign to ensure that you are pursuing prospects with the greatest capacity and inclination to give and assist in identifying the best way to reach out to the targeted population. We are also available to facilitate your capital campaign to achieve the greatest return on your investment. We offer a customized, structured approach to donor stewardship and gift acquisition. Our experts in capital campaign management will serve as an extension of your staff in qualifying and planning to secure major gifts.
Major gifts campaign feasibility studies
Campaigns for large scale capital projects require a substantial commitment of time and resources. Prior to embarking on a costly campaign, we can provide counsel on planning for the campaign and testing the feasibility of reaching your goals. We can confirm the capacity of a sample of your stakeholders and the community, and align our conclusions with your needs.
Our prospect research consists of an intentional process to gather vital information about donors and prospects. Key factors that we explore are past giving, wealth markers, business affiliations, and philanthropic tendencies. This information helps non-profits determine a donor’s capacity, inclination, and preparedness to give.
Grant research and writing
Our team has a well-developed expertise and a successful track record in identifying potential sources of foundation and corporate support, and securing funds from these sources. We are also adept at responding to government requests for proposals.
Staff and Board training
Many people are uncomfortable asking others for money regardless of the cause. However, there are numerous dimensions of fundraising that do not involve “the ask”. As your ambassadors, it is important to involve these individuals in the process to gain their buy-in and enthusiasm, and share in the excitement. We work with staff and Board members to identify their strengths relative to the process and educate them on how to be
a valuable participant.
Interim development management/staffing
When there is a lapse in fundraising leadership or if you are just establishing the infrastructure of your fundraising program, we can step in to serve as interim management while you fill the position or until the program is operational.