Goal: To help nonprofits implement a culture and process for marketing and fundraising tranformative philanthropic investments
Elements of the Fearless Fundraising System
A strategic plan is a process that helps an organization to achieve its mission efficiently and effectively. For major gifts, it is the critical investment prospectus that provides the vision and action plan that thoughtful philanthropists need to understand before making transformative investments.
Setting initial goals for your major giving program is critical for two reasons. First, it puts everybody on the same page. And it gives you a place to start when it's time to evaluate the results. The Fearless Fundraising System gives you the tools to research leading philanthropists connected to your cause and effectively set goals.
Budget and Systems
Good work habits, sound policies, and solid systems will help you keep good records and monitor return on investment. Prepare yourself to project budgets and evaluate software with the tools, resources and extensive information with Fearless Fundraising System.
Create Your Case
The case — and the case expression — provide the reasons why your organization both needs and merits philanthropic support. Use the Fearless Fundraiser Case Builder tool to jumpstart your efforts to create your case.
Leading Staff and Volunteer Efforts
Understanding and respect between management, development staff, and volunteers is critical to the success of your major giving effort. Check out our sample job descriptions, organization models, and board materials — all designed to help you find success.
Guidelines for Ethical Fundraising
Guidelines informed by the standards of their community will result in more effective, relevant, and enforceable guidelines than those handed-down from from a boilerplate document. So, it is recommended that nonprofits use the Association of Fundraising Professionals "Ten Commandments" as a tool to start conversations about creating (or strengthening) an ethical fundraising culture in their organizations.
Major Gift Strategy
Once you have put the foundation in place, it's time to prepare your major giving strategy. How will you structure your program, what benefits will you offer and how will you recognize your donors? The Fearless Fundraising Systems provides the tips on getting your program started.
Integrated Development Plan
The final step prior to launch involves tying together all of the elements you looked at when designing your program. To move forward, it's critical to create a written plan to guide your efforts. Fearless Fundraiser will give you step by step instructions on creating an Integrated Development Plan.
Restructuring CEO Responsibilities
For a nonprofit to succeed in major giving, the CEO must devote up to 30% of his or her time to the effort. This requires the leader to acquire new skills and to reassign some of the existing workload. Our system provides strategies and tools for the delicate task of restructuring the leader’s responsibilities.
Fearless Fundraising's sole mission is to help nonprofits develop the tools, resources, and confidence to engage with the leading philanthropists in your community. Your work is too important to spend it on endless special events that never grow or in direct mail that has been in decline for twenty year. Partnerships between leading nonprofits with the leading philanthropist is the future. Let Fearless Fundraising partner with you to get the resources you so richly deserve.