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.
Volunteers bring to us their commitment, enthusiasm, reputation, and relationships. As development professionals, what we can give them is the benefit of our knowledge and experience. To make our volunteers effective (which will keep them coming back), we need to ensure that they:
Know the organization and its purpose
Understand the case fo...
Identifying fundraising volunteers and leaders amidst your corps of volunteers is no simple process. Not all will have the ability or desire to be effective fundraisers, so when you identify someone who is willing and able, seize the opportunity.
Of course, not everyone who volunteers to assist with fundraising will possess all of the ingredient...
The Role of Volunteers in Development
Contrary to some notions today, volunteerism is more important than ever. In a time when more and more fundraising efforts are partially or completely dependent on professional staff, the notion of volunteerism in development may seem impractical or even anachronistic. Admittedly, managing a corps of volunteer...
The most recent data reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that 62.6 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once in the 12 months that ended September 2013. However, this volunteer rate was the lowest it has been in the past decade, declining 1.1 percentage points to 25.4 per...
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy contracted with Goettler Associates for fundraising consulting services in connection with a $5 million capital campaign to create a permanent endowment to support need-based financial aid at the school. We found that the firm’s expertise and willingness to hold our feet to the fire was invaluable. This campaign was my first experience in a major fundraising effort, so I tried to soak up all of the expertise David had to offer, and I can tell you his experience was vast. My experience working with Goettler Associates was positive in every way; I would not hesitate to contract with them again.
- Roger Taylor, Ph.D., President Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
“A HUGE and ringing endorsement for Goettler Associates. The firm directed the Library’s very successful capital campaign 10 years ago. After a competitive vetting process, we selected them again to do work this year. They just completed a campaign planning study for us for a major gift/endowment campaign. The final report was excellent, and very thorough. Mr. Goettler had good rapport with staff, elected officials and trustees – and that interpersonal magic should not be discounted. The community leaders he interviewed had good feedback on his professionalism.”
- Cathi Alloway, Library Director, Schlow Centre Region Library