Fundraising Skills

I am a one-person independent contractor. Years of hands-on experience – sometimes in remote locations – combined with the use of new technologies enable me to enhance my effectiveness and to rely less on others.

A brief list of my fundraising skills includes:

  • Major gift and special project campaign strategy design and development, and hands-on campaign implementation. I find less is more when it comes to raising major gifts (don’t be fooled by consultants telling you otherwise).
  • Grant research, writing, submission, reporting. I have worked with philanthropists statewide and beyond.
  • Prospect research (including advanced wealth screening).
  • In-person donor solicitation (and gift negotiation and renegotiation), with or without volunteer assistance. I do understand sometimes “asking” can make one squeamish.
  • Stewardship (keeping donors informed, updated and engaged).
  • Damage control and repair (turning negative situations into positive ones).
  • Executive staffing: I have found by carefully staffing a philanthropist wishing to solicit gifts from his or her colleagues, when done well, results in major gift campaigns attaining and exceeding their goals.
  • Board meeting organization and implementation, documentation of minutes, presentations, reports and follow-up. I have many years of experience, and I type 80+ wpm. Enough said.
  • Digital media communications related to fundraising, including major gifts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, SlideShare, Pinterest, Vine, Periscope, Instagram, PowerPoint, WordPress, Tumblr, Paperless Post, iContact, MailChimp, Constant Contact and more).
  • Other professional writing (correspondence, speeches, blogs, social media, newsletters, brochures, video scripting, print publications, including editing and ghostwriting).
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  • Public speaking and teaching. Unlike some “consultants,” I do my own work, by hand. I learn by doing. This means my experiences are genuine, and this helps me speak and teach with authority. Please be sure to ask consultants you are hiring to speak if they have actually “done the work” about which they are speaking. There is a difference.
  • Special event design and implementation (from conventions and cocktail receptions to galas). I do favor using online platforms for managing events of all sizes today.
  • Travel arrangements and trip hosting (from VIP van and bus to private jet).
  • I am familiar with a variety of other nonprofit fundraising activities. If I cannot do it, I know many experts who can. Ask!
  • The articles in my blog are based upon my personal experiences and research. They are a great way to learn about how I work: Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog.
  • I prefer long-term assignments where my skills can be put to best use and more in-depth work accomplished. Fees depend upon the client and the needs of each (half-time and full-time work are considered). Commonly, I receive a flat monthly fee from which I pay my own insurance, taxes, benefits, and basic office expenses (a professional accounting firm has managed my personal and professional taxes for the past sixteen years).
  • Full documentation is provided upon the conclusion of each assignment, usually in the form of electronic files on a disc, flash drive or via cloud platform. I maintain my own files in the cloud, and I have been able to restore critical documents to nonprofits that have lost them years after my work was completed (free of charge, of course). When appropriate, I also prepare final written reports with suggestions about future work beyond my tenure.
  • Contact me via the secure online form on this blog. Thank you!

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