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Fund Raising Matters

Fund Raising Matters
Goettler Associates presents Fund Raising Matters™, a regular publication offering the latest insights on fund raising.  We first introduced Fund Raising Matters as a traditional quarterly newsletter in 1996, continuing our commitment to advance the business of philanthropy.  

We hope you will find Fund Raising Matters insightful and informational. We hope it will assist your efforts in developing successful fund-raising strategies. As always, we welcome an opportunity to learn more about your situation and discuss how our experience and talents can further your success.

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Recent Articles

Define and Promote the Value You Provide

Category: FRM Issue 66
You should never assume that people understand exactly what your organization does – its mission, purpose, constituency, people, programs, performance, plans, etc. In our consulting work, we see time and again that the public’s perception of an organization can lag years behind the reality, even among well-informed community leaders. To most...

Find Out What They Really Think Before You Plan!

Category: FRM Issue 66
What is the first step you should take to move your nonprofit organization to a higher level of performance and effectiveness, especially in fundraising and development? If your first thought is strategic planning, then you have a lot of company. Among the organizations we serve, many have embarked on some kind of strategic planning exercise this y...

What is Branding?

Category: FRM Issue 66
Branding seeks to identify and express the competency that distinguishes your organization. The brand evokes the essence of what your organization is, what it does, and what it stands for. The intent is to create or reinforce, in the minds of your constituents, a powerful bond with the organization and/or program. For a nonprofit organization, a...

On Second Thought: Making the Case for Development

Category: FRM Issue 66
To some of our colleagues, development professionals must seem like a very demanding bunch. We always want or need something: new software, more staff, more volunteers, or a more visible office space closer to the CEO. And we’re always pushing our way onto the board agenda to present and discuss some urgent matter related to the organization’s ...

The Proactive Study Interview

Category: FRM Issue 65
A pre-campaign planning study provides an opportunity for your organization to have a meaningful face-to-face exchange with affluent and influential people, through an experienced fundraising consultant. You will not only present your agenda, but learn about theirs— their values, preferences, priorities, and proclivities. The planning study is...

“I Know It’s Feasible…”

Category: FRM Issue 65
We talk to a lot of development professionals about their plans for fundraising campaigns and sometimes hear them say, “I know it’s feasible, so we don’t need to do a study!” These individuals are exactly those whose organizations stand to gain the most from conducting an in-depth pre-campaign planning study. When properly conducted, a c...

Ten Sequential Steps to a Successful Feasibility Study

Category: FRM Issue 65
If you anticipate conducting a pre-campaign planning study (or feasibility study), be sure to allow sufficient time for fundraising counsel to plan and lead your organization through an inclusive process. Counsel will need to prepare for and conduct the study interviews, then carefully analyze the data, and prepare and present the final report with...

Goal Getters: Associated Charities of Ashland County

Category: FRM Issue 65
When Associated Charities’ leaders first began thinking about raising funds to build a new facility, they faced a number of challenges. Although they had been providing short-term emergency financial assistance and food to Ashland County (Ohio) residents for over 100 years, many people in the community were not familiar with the full scope of...

Major Gift Solicitation

Category: FRM Issue 64
Converting Interest and Involvement to Investment The moment will arrive when it is most advantageous to solicit a major gift. The success of the entire development process depends on your ability to recognize that moment and direct staff and volunteers to act upon it wisely. The “Four Ws” of Major Gift Solicitation Who should ask whom?...

On Second Thought: Move Toward the Next Major Gift Through Stewardship

Category: FRM Issue 64
We owe it to our donors to use their gifts responsibly, in accordance with their wishes. Good stewardship is in our own interest as development professionals. Major donors, in particular, are much more willing to continue their support when they’re given lots of reasons to feel good about their last gift. Making our donors feel good requires m...

Major Gift Metrics: Winning the Numbers Game

Category: FRM Issue 64
Strategies for Success Action is fundamental to fundraising success, but it is managing the right actions that can turn a mediocre effort into a record-breaking performance. This is the factor driving the growth of planning for a major gift metrics program. More than just a buzzword, metrics has been pushed to the front of the line as a way to def...

Time to Check the Health of Your Major Gifts Program

Category: FRM Issue 64
Planning for Major Gifts The new calendar year arrived once again with the anticipation of growth in our fundraising results and new levels of accomplishment for our organizations. For most development professionals the New Year also begins with zero dollars raised toward our annual goals. The best way to achieve these goals and to fund your organ...

The Essential Elements of Winning Campaigns

Category: FRM Issue 63
Looking back over our firm’s collective experience, it is obvious that changes in the development field have affected how the philanthropic marketplace functions and how capital campaigns are conducted. The essential elements of successful campaigns, however, are not very different from those which have applied for decades. This is the questio...

The Campaign Plan: Putting It All Together

Category: FRM Issue 63
An Essential Element of Success Campaigns rarely unfold precisely as planned. No campaign plan can ever anticipate all the contingencies that are bound to occur during a capital campaign, or how each of these unique situations can best be resolved. Most capital campaigns aim to generate support at several different levels, from a number of dist...

On Second Thought: Is Your Campaign Undercapitalized?

Category: FRM Issue 63
To take advantage of all the possibilities presented by an intensive capital campaign, the development office must have sufficient human and financial resources to do the job. The presence of counsel cannot compensate for a lack of full-time staff. A major capital campaign is often a good time to invest in a larger development staff and budget s...
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