Recently we shared a report:
The Choose Abundance Report put data to the transformative impact of a program designed to create breakthroughs in fundraising for nonprofits. This independent study showed that organizations that completed the Culture of Philanthropy 9-month course achieved the following outcomes:
- An increase in revenue
- An increase in board member engagement in development
- An increased percentage of revenue raised by non-executive or development staff
- Implementation of structures, behaviors, and mindset to sustain their desired culture change leading to continued fundraising success
The Choose Abundance Intensive is offered by Rainmaker Consulting after 6 years of at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Why? Because it works!
“We raised $2.1mm in our most recent fiscal year: our most successful development year to date. And to think: just a few years ago, before working with you all and being in Laurie’s cohort, we were only raising $600k.”
Will Eastman & Michael Schlank, NJY Camps
How did we get here?
Over the last two decades, we’ve been working with clients on building a Culture of Philanthropy. This started when we saw great organizations struggling to raise the money they needed to fulfill their missions. We kept hearing the same scarcity-based frustration over and over.
It sounded like this:
- “We don’t have enough resources (time, money, etc.) to build strong partnerships with our donors, we need to just ask now!”
- “We tried that, and it wouldn’t work for us”
- “I feel totally alone as a development professional. The board is not helpful. Getting the executive director involved is impossible!”
Rainmaker Consulting addresses this challenge. We cause breakthroughs in fundraising by addressing the scarcity mindset hindering success. We’ve worked with dozens of executive directors, boards and fundraising professionals to help make this critical shift.
In the groundbreaking study, Underdeveloped, commissioned by the Walter and Evelyn Jr.Haas Fund with help from Compass Point, 2700 Executive Directors and development professionals were interviewed.
The study documented that:
- Development directors were leaving their jobs after 18 months
- Executive directors were often not supportive of development
- Board members were disengaged
- Donor engagement and retention rates were abysmal
The study also indicated that organizations were missing a Culture of Philanthropy. No one in the field was addressing HOW to make the change that needed to happen.
The opportunity arose to include this game-changing concept of intentionally shifting organizational fundraising culture in a course Laurie taught for grantees of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The course, called the GIFT Leadership Institute, began to require executive directors, board members, and development staff to participate as a team to build a Culture of Philanthropy. The results have been outstanding.
Learn more about the impact of the course – Here’s the Choose Abundance Report!
Put together your team for the Fall Cohort of Rainmaker’s Choose Abundance Intensive! Join us for a transformational journey to building a Culture of Philanthropy at your organization!