Fundraising

If you had to list your top three funding prospects, who would they be? How do you make those determinations?

All arts organizations need funding. But what difference would funding make if you had it? What's the most effective way to convey your organization's needs to potential supporters?

What are the circumstances in the current funding environment that affect your chances of getting funding? Where do you stand relative to the competition?

Knowing the answers to these questions is a major part of your success in fundraising. As competition for the charitable dollar intensifies, and more nonprofit arts organizations exist than ever before, having a thorough understanding of where you stand before deciding to apply is key to increasing your chances of receiving support.

Our Approach

  • Planning and strategy development provides you with a definitive and compelling case for support.
  • Prospect research ensures that the best match is made between your program and the funder.
  • With over 25 years as a national funder, we can provide you with insight about how funding decisions are made, and how to strengthen your proposals.
  • Our credentials as Certified Fundraising Executives (CFRE) give you diversified skills in key areas such as grant writing, direct mail, campaign management and board development.

Together, these factors are what keep our track record high.

Our Results

  • Developed proposals for a multi-disciplinary presenter resulting in a 98% success rate over a five-year period with national and local, private, and government sources. NEA funding increased from $10,000 to $70,000 in a single cycle. Based in part on two of our plans, the same presenter received the largest six-figure multi-year grant from a national funding program that year, and a grant of over $1,000,000 from another national foundation. In addition, our proposals for a regional theater company generated new support, including initial funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Co-directed a strategic planning process, including fundraising strategies, for the National Performance Network that resulted in substantial six-figure multi-year support from a major foundation, which has since been renewed twice.
  • Developed, managed, and documented the National College Choreography Initiative. Intended to be a one-time program, based on its impact and evaluation, the NEA renewed funding for three additional rounds, for a total of $1.86 million.
  • Co-managed capital campaigns, in conjunction with the Alford Group, providing collective experience of 22 years in campaign management and 20 years in the arts field.
  • Provided technical assistance in fundraising for small organizations with limited development staff, such as the Romare Bearden Foundation.
  • Taught fundraising workshops or grant writing for organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Cultural Alliance of Greater DC.

Secure funding and measure your impact.