Annual Giving Services
One of the i team’s specialties is annual giving. It is the foundation of all fund raising programs, and yet, annual giving (annual campaigns, appeals, funds, sustaining campaigns, annual drives, etc.) has evolved to perhaps one of the most complex, under-rated fund raising techniques in today’s not-for-profit world. So much so, that traditional annual appeals are hitting the wall, falling short of expectations, and getting tired and worn out.
The traditional annual fund was characterized by the one-gift/one-donor/single year dictum. It was truly an “annual” event with the lowest common expectation. Some of it was mail-driven. Some of it was not well planned or executed. Much of it was focused on phonathons. And special events in their various forms, such as class reunions, balls and galas, and move-along-athons (a cute name for runs, walks, and other competitive events) took up the annual giving slack, almost by default. The conventional structure was a classic pyramid—with a top-down, volunteer-intensive approach.
One thing is for certain: many of the older campaigns had one goal. Move the masses with a singular message.
Relatively recently, as annual giving campaigns expanded, development professionals realized that “the masses” did not act in homogeneous fashion—that we were often our own worst enemies when it came to treating individual donors as individuals, and not as some herd of displaced, unconnected donors. But our organizations were not and are not prepared.
Our role at i team new england consulting is to utilize state-of-the-art and state-of-the-science tactics, technologies, and techniques that incorporate the unique value proposition of each client in an effort to achieve a number of different goals. We build organizational capacity through mentoring, guiding, and hands-on assistance with implementation. More>>
and Knowledge Management: helping you align your relationships,
your structure, your resources, and your knowledge. Thats
what its all about!
thinking and planning processes among groups of unique individuals,
so you can participate freely and not get involved in the politics
and positioning inherent in these processes.
projects of most scopes and size and create capacity so you
can do it yourself in the future.
board and staff leaders with designing appropriate governance
models for their particular situation; one size does not fit
all and we come to the table with many different choices.
design and implement comprehensive knowledge management systems
for organizations, since our biggest challenge as an industry
is how we manage what we know or dont know!
insight, experience, and counsel on how to create a successful
collaborative partnership, because you shouldnt be doing
it all alone. Leverage your community partnerships so you can
better and more efficiently serve your stakeholders.
a never-ending process that should be
the foundation for all you do!
the effectiveness and efficiency of your organization and its
development activities so you better understand where your opportunities
are and how to best approach your challenges.
feasibility-style studies, while simultaneously generating genuine
buy-in and commitment.
and carry out community-based assessments, needs analysis, and
other benchmarking activities among your organizations
stakeholders to find out where you stand in the eyes of your
and coordinate your prospect research and information management
systems that will help you reduce mistakes and leverage your
knowledge with your relationships.
Development: Focus on building long term capacity and long-term
you manage your capital and endowment campaigns so you can spend
more quality time building long-term relationships with your
stakeholders while having access to the best techniques available.
and implement a basic or comprehensive planned giving and bequest
program, taking advantage of the i teams vast experience
in creating these valuable programs.
create, and implement the best annual giving program your organization
has ever seen! Our team of consultants loves annual giving and
does a great job in helping our clients create awesome programs.
and counsel you on major gifts solicitation, SALES, and high
touch relationship training and development.
foundation grant proposals, collateral, corporate gift solicitations,
etc. We are great writers!
Marketing ... continually enhancing your brand equity and building
you plan and create a Big M Marketing plan so your team can
spend the time implementing it successfully.
Relations: building a comprehensive internal marketing and member
do the Big M stuff, not the creative design of print, multi-media,
or media relations collateral. Thats not our expertise.
We know our limitations.