Raise the Bar offers customized, comprehensive fundraising solutions to help you achieve your goals. Whether you are looking to grow your annual fundraising revenue, embark on a capital campaign or better cultivate your donors, our team can help you identify the best strategies for success and assist where you need it most.
Fundraising Assessments & Development Plans
We comprehensively assess your fundraising efforts to identify strengths, weaknesses, gaps in revenue and opportunities for growth. Then we work with your team to develop diversified strategies to meet your revenue and sustainability goals. We work with your team to develop a diversified mix of annual fundraising activities, including but not limited to donor cultivation, direct mail, online fundraising, in-person solicitations and VIP events. This service culminates with a Fundraising Assessment Report and a 12-month Integrated Fundraising Plan with recommendations for proven-effective fundraising strategies and activities.
Donor Cultivation, Stewardship & Recognition
Fundraising success depends on strong, healthy relationships with your donors and prospects. Raise the Bar works with your team to develop a 12-month strategy to “Know Thy Donor” and accelerate your fundraising success, whether your organization is new to fundraising, in need of rebuilding relationships or ready for meaningful growth in building relationships with your donors.
We review your current donor base and identify new individual, corporate, foundation and/or government prospects, assess their giving potential and priorities, and provide strategies for relationship-building and solicitation. Through analysis of your donor database, our team identifies key demographic groups that align with your mission to support your fundraising expansion efforts.
Annual Fundraising Campaign Support
We work with your team to develop an annual strategy that integrates your direct mail, e-mail, online and other off-line fundraising, so that your case for support, brand and marketing messages complement each other and leverage success. Complete implementation services are also offered.
Major Gifts Program Development
A mature fundraising program develops unique relationships with donors who make large annual contributions. We work with you to develop moves management strategies designed to cultivate, steward, solicit and recognize donors who make large gifts to your organization. Comprehensive implementation services are also offered.
Planned Giving Program Development
Established fundraising programs offer donors the opportunity to leave a legacy gift to help your cause for years to come. We help you to start or expand your Planned Giving Program, and work with you to identify donors whose longevity and continuity of giving position them to be the best prospects for planned giving. Our services include strategies for Will and Trust inclusions, Beneficiary Designations, Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Trusts, and other complex yet less popular gifts.
We service each phase of the grant writing process, from identification of corporate, foundation and/or government funding sources, to the development of strategies that best position your organization for success, to writing, submittal and grants management. Clients who retain Raise the Bar for a 12-month contract receive annual prospecting and a calendar of recommended submissions at no additional cost.
Your organization wants to build or purchase a new facility, property or other significant investment, and seeks help in raising the funds to do it. We offer Feasibility Studies to assess current market conditions and offer recommendations to maximize your success. We review your projected campaign goals and conduct a donor analysis (previous donor giving history, current donor base and their predisposition for giving capital gifts, community capacity to contribute to your campaign, etc.), prospect leads, and provide your team with our findings. When you choose to move forward, we offer comprehensive planning, project management and oversight of your capital campaign. We are also available to serve as your Fundraising team to assist in soliciting your capital campaign gifts. We promise to beat both local and national competitor pricing for all Capital Campaign Services by at least 10%.
Endowment & Board Reserve Funds
When it’s time to build sustainability, and grow your savings for tomorrow, we offer Feasibility Studies to determine the best type of sustainable reserve fund for you, assess your campaign goals, analyze your current donor base, prospect leads, and provide your team with campaign recommendations. We also offer comprehensive planning, project management, oversight and solicitation support for your Endowment or Board Reserve Fund campaign. We promise to beat both local and national competitor pricing for all Capital Campaign Services by at least 10%.
Consulting & Coaching Services
Seeking ongoing fundraising expertise for a variety of fundraising goals? Our team offers support and guidance based on industry best practices to service all your fundraising needs.