As we work with you to strengthen your organization’s culture of philanthropy, we draw on in-depth assessments, targeted research, and best practices gathered from organizations of all types and sizes over the past thirty years. Whether you’re new to fundraising or have a long-standing history of philanthropic engagement, our goal is to deepen your team’s ability to connect with donors and meet your funding goals in support of your mission.
Our program audits analyze the structure, operation, processes, and logistical strength of your development program. This initial benchmark helps to focus your strategy and planning.
When you’re considering a major campaign, pre-planning makes all the difference. Our directional studies help you understand the feasibility of the goals you consider but also suggest alternatives and options to equip you to build the best possible direction for your campaign.
Based on your program audit, our team helps you articulate specific fundraising goals, and the strategies to achieve them. We customize our strategies to your unique organizational realities and equip you to move forward with confidence.
In today’s saturated media environment, messaging matters more than ever. Our team builds deep understanding of your constituents, your donor base, your prospects, and your goals, then helps you connect the right message to the right audience to get the best results.
Using your program audit, we design policies, procedures, and step-by-step actions to help you establish, strengthen, and implement a robust planned giving program tailored to your organization and donor base.
Your major gifts strategy not only impacts your annual development program, but also informs your overall strategy for campaigns and programming. Designing a major gifts strategy that fits into the big picture gives you the vision and concrete guidance you need to build a strong program.
After we’ve assessed the feasibility of undertaking a significant campaign, our team helps you put a long-term capital campaign into place. From designing the strategy to shaping the messaging to putting the right team in place, we give you the tools you need to complete a successful campaign.
Cultivating and developing your donor base takes strategic planning. Our experienced team helps you identify core prospects and make a strategic plan to keep them informed, motivated, and engaged with your organization—connecting them with the right opportunities and messages at the right time.
We work with you to design a plan for engaging donors at all levels with the case statements, communication, and opportunities they need to stay connected and become more dedicated to your organization over time.
Drawing on decades of experience with development programs of all types and sizes, we provide outside accountability while nurturing your team toward more efficient and effective fundraising efforts.
Team and Board Development
When you’re expanding your team or cultivating current and future board members, Commonwealth gives you the insight and expertise you need to build a cohesive, motivated group and empower them to succeed.
With more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy, Commonwealth delivers expert consulting to organizations and individuals wishing to establish a private or family foundation. We help you understand your options, develop your direction, and plan for effective impact.
Few people are born knowing how to fundraise, so building a culture of philanthropy requires training. Led by one of the founding instructors at Indiana University’s Lilly School of Philanthropy and backed by extensive expertise in creating and delivering training, Commonwealth empowers your team to engage donors at all levels with confidence and success.