Foundation Fundraising - Oak Cliff Chamber

Raising money for an established cause with a track record is one thing. Raising money for a new cause is another. An experienced fundraiser is invaluable in such a situation. I worked with the Oak Cliff Chamber’s Golden Oaks Awards to raise college scholarship for Oak Cliff high school students. We [...]

Interim Development Director

Experience and success managing both small and large fundraising teams means I am a quick study and can move into a management position right away. Your critical fundraising campaigns do not have to flounder or stop altogether if your development director leaves unexpectedly.

The American Red Cross – Dallas Area Chapter asked me to [...]

Major Gifts

For one organization a major gift may be $1,000. For another it might be $1 million.  No matter the size of the organization, the process of identification and cultivation of major gifts prospects is the same – that magic confluence of ability to donate and the inclination.

Remember an example when you gave more money [...]

Capital Campaign or Special Project – Case Statement Development

Reading & Radio Resource launched two successful special project campaigns in the past five years: one to update their audio recording systems and data storage systems to digital, and one to match a grant from the Department of Commerce to upgrade their radio station, Station NTRB – a Radio Reading Service.

Both special projects required the [...]

Capital Campaigns – Collateral Development

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration launched a capital campaign to raise funds for their new South Building.  Miller Consulting, in partnership with Global Images Design, developed a Campaign Communication Plan that communicated key messages through a series of postcards mailed to the parish members and posters mounted throughout the campus.

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Government proposals

Governments of any size can award grant money.  Writing government proposals can mean approaching a local, regional, state-wide, or federal agency with varying degrees of complexity. For example, proposals to the National Endowment for the Arts can be substantially less complex than proposals to the Department of Education.

One of the most intriguing government proposals [...]

It's Personal Working with Foundations

Working with private foundations is just as personal as working with individuals. If the foundation is large enough to have staff, then it’s almost always best to schedule a meeting to discuss your nonprofit organization and your project before submitting a proposal.

The staff is there to guide you in creating the best possible proposal [...]

Writing a foundation proposal isn't just about the rules

Writing a foundation proposal can seem an easy way to raise money. “If I follow all the rules, they’re sure to fund us. We deserve it.” But foundations are run by people with all the preferences, dislikes, and quirks that people have. Not following the rules is an easy way to [...]

Communicating with the Donor

An organization’s good work can often be best told through individual stories. Finding these stories and communicating them to prospective donors and current donors is key to ongoing and successful fundraising campaigns.

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