A successful fundraising culture always puts the donor first.

Fundraising Consultation

Do you have questions about the most effective practices in donor-focused fundraising? Do you need guidance on developing donor retention strategies or creating or implementing a fund development plan?

Our fundraising team is ready to work with you to guide, mentor, and explore how to move your fundraising to the next level.

Whether you need to develop a plan, establish policies and procedures, create a robust donor database, or encourage your board members to get more involved, we can help you achieve your goals. We are available for a one-time consultation, or a longer commitment – whatever you need to take the next step in your fundraising program.

For more information on how we can help, use our contact form or call us at 907-743-1200.

Fundraising Facilitation

Do you want more engagement from board and staff in fundraising? Are you ready to get better results? Do you have your tools in place like policies and procedures, a donor database, job descriptions, and a plan? Our fundraising team will help you become more strategic in your efforts.

Fundraising is a team effort, and we need the whole team to be successful. But engaging the team requires learning how to do this work well. Fund development is both an art and a science, and very few of us have learned both by the time we volunteer or work for a nonprofit. That’s why it’s often tempting to jump right into tactics and strategies like events or website donation tools. Without some basic infrastructure, candid conversations, and training, you can quickly find yourself spinning your wheels. Since everyone in your organization should be thinking about building long-term donor relationships, you need a way to analyze and keep track of all the ideas. We can help you to:

  • Engage the board in learning their roles and responsibilities in fundraising. Hint: it is more than asking for money
  • Develop a plan and process for annual giving
  • Create or strengthen the role of the board fundraising committee
  • Engage the staff and board in creating a healthy culture of philanthropy
  • Create a donor-focused fund development plan
  • Develop strategies to build successful relationships with donors or potential donors
  • Identify ways to maximize the impact of your events, mail campaigns, and Pick.Click.Give.
  • Write and implement a donor recognition plan
  • Create effective marketing and communication strategies that support fund development
  • Develop donor retention strategies

Fundraising Mentoring

Are you new to fundraising or is fundraising a key responsibility of yours? Are you about to hire someone who needs support to understand fundraising concepts? Or perhaps you have been doing the work for a long time and need a safe space to think out loud.

A mentor is someone who is called upon for their experience and guidance. Our mentoring service can help you find creative ways to deal with all the steps to achieve a successful fundraising program. From planning through stewardship, we can assist you by increasing your knowledge through best practices. While you determine the exact topics you need to explore, we have tools that will help you manage many of the tasks that make up an effective fundraising program. Many people like to meet monthly or quarterly with one of our fund development specialists to bounce around ideas and keep accountable to their goals. No long-term commitment is necessary.

Fund Development Planning

Having a well-conceived and realistic plan is critical to successful donor-centered philanthropy. We offer a customized approach that helps you create a plan that you and your team can implement with confidence.

Although we don’t write the plan for you, we can assist in all parts of the planning process. We offer a step-by-step approach that includes both staff and board discussions and agreement. We start with a high-level discussion about organizational culture and fund development expectations. Our work culminates in a narrative summarizing the key decisions that drive the plan including organizational values, goals, key audiences, a gift chart, and recognition strategies all tied to budget and strategic goals. We also work closely with you to create a tactical version of the plan that outlines how each goal will be achieved.

While we believe that you will be most successful with full board and leadership staff involvement, the creation of the plan can be written by a small team that is committed to the process and can in turn engage the rest of the group in successful implementation. If you are interested in learning more, call us or sign up for our class.

Time Estimates: Timing to complete a plan depends on each organization and the time that staff and board are able to devote to the process. While there is not a “one size fits all” description of time required, it is safe to allocate a minimum of six hours of board facilitation plus 20 hours of Foraker consulting time. Complicated plans will take more time, as will plans for organizations that are new to donor-centered fundraising.

Once there is agreement on the big picture, we move through the key elements that are necessary to develop an effective fundraising plan that include:

  • Developing strategies that build relationships with current and potential donors
  • Identifying ways to maximize the impact of your fundraising events
  • Developing and implementing donor recognition programs
  • Creating effective marketing and communication strategies that support your efforts
  • Developing donor retention strategies
  • Crafting strategies that ensure board participation in your fundraising endeavors

Planned Giving

Are you looking for help in developing infrastructure to steward legacy gifts? Do you want to take the next step with individual donors and set up a way for them to include your organization in their will?

Planned giving is a way for philanthropic individuals to support organizations through larger gifts than they could make from their existing income. Using that definition, a planned gift is any major gift made during a donor’s life or at death as part of an overall giving or estate plan. We can help you determine the best way to accept this type of gift. We can connect you with your local community foundation, or if you want to set up your own system we can advise you on those steps, too. Creating a way for your most loyal donors to make significant investments in missions they care about is a true gift.

We can assist you in the following ways:

  • Exploring the best avenues to meet your mission and your donor’s goals
  • Facilitating a connection to your local community foundation to set up an endowment for the long-term stewardship of mission
  • Meeting with your staff and board to determine if planned giving is a good avenue for you to pursue as part of your overall fund development plan
  • Helping you develop the infrastructure needed, such as gift and investment policies, to attract high-end gifts
  • Assisting you in working directly with local financial and estate planning professionals and their clients to craft charitable gifts that fit both the donor’s goals and the needs of your nonprofit

Capital Campaigns

Are you about to build, buy, or renovate a significant space?  Setting your organization up for success is critical before you get started.

A successful capital campaign is never about the building – it is about the ability to deliver mission inside the building. A successfully funded project includes gifts from individuals, corporate, and foundation philanthropy. Our focus in this work is on understanding how philanthropy will fit into your overall budget and plan, and then working with you to ensure realistic expectations and capacity to succeed.  Ask our team of fund development experts for a consultation to get you started on the right foot. We have also created a resource, Preparing to Fund Your Capital Project in Alaska and Beyond, to help you prepare.

Fundraising Courses

We offer a range of classes on fundraising, or we can develop a session to meet your specific needs.

We offer the following classes on fundraising throughout the year. Don’t see a subject you need? No problem, use our contact form or call us at 907-743-1200 to explore the possibilities.

Alaska Funders Directory

This comprehensive directory is a list of corporate and foundation funders who support nonprofits in Alaska.

The directory allows you to search for corporate and foundation funders by areas of interest so you will know right away if a funder supports your mission, project, or geographic area.  As part of a fundraising plan, this tool may save you hours of research. You can purchase a one-year subscription here.

Fundraising Resources

Find tools and resources to improve your fundraising.

Code Of Ethical Standards - AFP (57.9 KB)
The Association of Fundraising Professionals believes that ethical behavior fosters the development and growth of fundraising professionals. Review the AFP standards in this document.
Donor Bill Of Rights (63.4 KB)
This document from the four leading professional organizations in the fundraising arena is a "must read" for all development officers and staff.
Fundraising Bright Spots (5.6 MB)
This report from nationally known experts Jeanne Bell and Kim Klein outlines strategies being used by successful organizations in their individual donor fundraising.
Questions to Ask Before a Special Event (139.3 KB)
Considering these questions will help you determine if your event is focused on mission, values, and goals.
The Role of Board Members In Fundraising (170.6 KB)
Ways for boards to reach the goal of 100% participation in fundraising for their organization.
Tipping and the IRS Public Support Test- A Simple Primer (140.6 KB)
“Tipping” occurs when a donor, other than another charity, makes so large a grant to a publicly
supported charitable nonprofit that it fails the IRS public support test. This primer covers the consequences and possible solution to tipping.
Underdeveloped - Challenges Facing Nonprofits (751.5 KB)
This report by Jeanne Bell and Marla Cornelius takes a hard look at why organizations have a difficult time hanging on to their fund development staff and offers suggestions on how to change that trend.
UnderDeveloped In Alaska 2023 Update (329.6 KB)
Executive Summary of Compass Point’s Underdeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising and the Impact on the Sustainability of Alaska Nonprofits