What’s the most audacious vision of success you have for your organization? We invite our clients to brainstorm what the most optimistic vision of the future looks like – and then work backwards from there to talk about the activities we need to implement to realize this vision, the resources we need to do so, and the benchmarks and impact we measure.
How do you help your donors know your organization better? We’ll work to inventory connections and relationships that can help access the donors you want and develop a strategy of polite persistence to put them on a pathway to support.
Who are the best prospects for supporting your work? With an understanding of your programs and priorities, we can help identify prospective donors and provide the intelligence you need to prepare your approach.
What’s working well in your development operation, and what could be working better? We’ll help you inventory your current donor relationships, past approaches (successful and unsuccessful), programs, and messaging to target your best opportunities for expanding your donor base, increasing gifts, or defining fundraising opportunities around projects/programs.
How succinctly and successfully can you articulate what you do and why it matters? From evaluating and tweaking existing language to crafting mission statement and case for support language from scratch, we can help your messaging resonate with the donors you want to gain and keep.
Is the board helping or holding you back? Whether you’re a startup, longstanding institution, or organization in transition, orienting board members to the ways they can help secure the resources you need, and demystifying the fundraising process, can help foster more productive board engagement.
Bureau of Investigative Journalism
The Communications Network
Edmund J Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Fund for Investigative Journalism
Global Investigative Journalism Network
Global Reporting Centre, University of British Columbia
The Huffington Post
Institute for Nonprofit News
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Investigative Reporting Workshop, American University
News Literacy Project
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Type Media Center
United Nations Foundation
Best Practices for Getting Your Reporting Funding (Courtesy GIJN)
Growing your major gifts program — or getting one started in the first place — can feel like an overwhelming responsibility. The philanthropic landscape is extremely competitive, and the prospect of identifying and soliciting prospective donors can seem cumbersome and intimidating.
While the non-profit journalism landscape has flourished, opening up new revenue streams and business models to support mission-driven news, many organizations continue to rely on major gifts from foundations, high net-worth individuals, governments and multilateral organizations for the large investments they need to start up, Read the full primer for prospecting and cultivating donors.