Our mission at Crowley, White, Helmer & Sevig, Inc. (CWHS), is to help Minnesota nonprofits secure the resources they need to better serve their clients. We accomplish this through hands-on development support and strategic advice for capital projects, program initiatives, and major general operating campaigns.
While philanthropic resources have evolved and shifted during our 29+ years of operation, our philosophy remains consistent — developing relationships with key funders (foundations, corporations, and individuals), is vital to successful fundraising.nbsp; The CWHS Levers to Success for major fundraising campaigns outlines the elements necessary to succeed in today’s economic climate.
With over 100 successful campaigns ranging from under $1 million to $13 million, CWHS has developed comprehensive fundraising plans to not only reach the campaign goal, but also to create or strengthen long-term relationships between the client and donors, in order to ensure their long-term stability and sustainability.
What sets CWHS apart from most development firms is our hands-on approach. All of our consultants have been staff and board members of nonprofits and understand the time and resource limitations of small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations. With that in mind, we design our contractual services to produce tangible materials and activities, rather than simply providing periodic advice. We describe ourselves as an off-site development department for clients’ special projects or campaigns, due to our intensive involvement.
Our services include:
|•||Developing a thorough fundraising strategy designed around the specific nature and scope of the client’s fundraising needs.|
|•||Recruiting a strong group of community and business leaders as volunteers to serve on the Campaign Committee, and managing and supporting them throughout the campaign.|
|•||Identifying and researching potential major donors (foundations, corporations, and individuals).|
|•||Organizing and guiding the client through a series of exploratory meetings with selected potential contributors to determine the organization’s present capacity to launch a major fundraising campaign.|
|•||Preparing Executive Directors and volunteers to effectively present the organization and the campaign to prospective donors.|
|•||Long range financial and program planning in conjunction with the client’s board and staff.|
|•||Clear, comprehensive, and effective writing (proposals, letters of inquiry, executive summaries, etc.).|
|•||Participating in the design of a campaign publication and other materials that are part of an effective fundraising process.|
|•||Coordinating all aspects of the fundraising campaign.|
Additionally, we also provide other services to our clients as needed or upon request, including board recruitment and board training (focused on development), and advice regarding ongoing program/operating support. We can also refer clients to other consultants or organizations to meet various needs (facility assessments, program assessments, organizational development, board development, program evaluations, graphic design, etc.).