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.
Whenever a major fundraising effort is contemplated, at least one volunteer can be counted on to ask, “Why can’t we just skip the planning part? We know what we need to do: get out there and raise the money!”
It’s a fair question. What does the strategic leadership process – or any planning process – have to ...
The strategic leadership process is a disciplined approach to getting organizations to focus on results, and it is more than strategic planning. The process helps leaders define and successfully implement their goals. It can be beneficial to almost any organization, public or private, that seeks to improve its service to society. The process ...
A simple self-evaluation
To assess the effectiveness of your last planning endeavor, ask yourself and your colleagues if the effort generated the desired results and impact on your organization. Use the following checklist to assess your performance.
Are all of your board members, staff, and key volunteers able to articulate the organizatio...
What is the relationship between your organization’s fundraising objectives and its long-term vision for the future, and its strategic plan? Most fundraising professionals will concur that your campaign objectives should be tied to a higher vision developed through long-term planning.
In our experience, however, we ...
“Local Matters engaged Goettler Associates to create a financial development plan to accompany our strategic plan. Goettler delved deep into the process, analyzing trends in our revenue streams and monetizing our programmatic goals so that we could make them a reality. In addition, they engaged wonderfully with our board, energizing the group and providing the skills and confidence necessary to make it possible for everyone to ‘make the ask.'”
- Michelle Moskowitz Brown, Executive Director, Local Matters
“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