Frequently Asked Questions
1) Will you take care of raising funds for our organization?
Answer: We will
help staff and board raise funds. The most effective person to solicit for funds is a knowledgeable volunteer joined
by a staff person. A paid consultant can help with the process (and often we make follow up phone calls
or are involved in the communication) but donors do not respond as well to an outside third party. The most important relationship
that needs to be built and sustained is between the organization and its prospects and donors.
2) Why should we consider hiring you as an Annual Fund consultant when we already have paid staff and volunteers
to assist with fundraising?
Answer: Additional expertise
and focus on fundraising is needed by most nonprofits. If you are working hard to raise funds but just can’t seem to
get to that next level—or raise the amount of funds that you comfortably need to support your programs, grow your impact
or reach a sustainable cushion of assets, you should consider adding more ammunition to the Development arsenal.
Graceful Fundraising has the unique
experience of having served as the key spokesperson for many for-profit and nonprofit organizations in addition to having
extensive knowledge of the best approaches to many donor prospects. (“GF”) also has the unique advantage of having
served in nearly all possible roles within the nonprofit world: board member, fundraising staff, corporate
funder, volunteer and consultant.
How would you work with our Board
Answer: Most nonprofits
do not excel at the Development process without active participation of the board. Typically (“GF”) will customize
a workshop or presentation for your board and help them identify next steps. We work with staff and board leadership to set
out specific activities and expectations for board members and then we help the members fulfill their assignments through
ongoing information, active training and assistance with communication to prospects and donors. We are also able to share
current best practices in the marketplace due to working with 10-12 nonprofits annually.
4) How would we go about seeing if we can hire Graceful Fundraising?
Answer: Please contact us for an initial conversation about your specific needs.
We can likely meet in person to discuss further whether we are a good potential match for working together.
“GF” then emails a proposal and working agreement for project work, a board presentation, fundraising audit
and recommendations or a longer-term monthly working assignment.
How much does it cost to hire Graceful
Answer: We work on an hourly
rate in many. Nonprofit rates range from $125 to $150. For ongoing work we charge at the bottom end of
this range and for facilitation with board of directors, presentations and workshops, we charge at the higher end.
Longer term commitments to Graceful Fundraising typically ‘buys’ the best rate. We offer
extensive tracking of our time and activities that are provided at the time of invoicing.
In addition to providing hands-on Development
work, we are happy to provide no-cost introductions and referrals to our contacts in graphic design, PR/Marketing and printing.