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Comprehensive fundraising management and campaign consulting for nonprofit organizations throughout the nation.

TIPS FOR FUNDRAISING IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 (updated regularly)

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We provide comprehensive and effective management and fundraising consulting services including Advancement Pathway Planning, Capacity & Sustainability, Campaigns, Training & Coaching and much more.

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Agency Overview


We serve nonprofit organizations nationwide and internationally in virtually every sector and with campaigns of all sizes. We’ve valuably served hundreds of organizations with many on a recurring basis.

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We’re more than just a consultant that validates your plans. We work intimately with you to Raise Your Sights across your entire enterprise so you can Reach Your Goals.

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We become part of your team and ensure your leadership standing is elevated within your organization. Through deep and comprehensive discovery, we plot a course, and align staff to reach objectives and goals.

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We are among the foremost thinkers in the nation on advancement with fresh perspectives and uncommon expertise. Among many others examples, we created the highly acclaimed Master Gift OfficerTM distinction and training, the GivingTake blog and are leading-edge thinkers on major donor pipeline development.

What’s on your mind?


Assessment

What’s working and what needs improvement?


Strategic Planning

We need to evolve to survive and thrive


Tactical Planning

We have a strategic plan. How do we get there?


Feasibility Study

Are we ready for a campaign?


Campaign Study

What’s the goal and best plan for success?


Campaign Leadership

We need someone to coach and partner with leadership


Major Donors

We need more!


Direct Mail

How can we leverage direct mail for major giving?


The-Ask

How do we craft major gift asks and gift amounts?


DRM

We need a better Donor Relationship Management system


Data Analytics

How do we use our donor data to optimize fundraising?


Broaden Team

How do I assess and optimize my team?


Executive Placement

We need strong leadership for our development team


Become a Master Gift Officer

How can I develop my fundraising technique and confidence to the highest level?


Team & Personal Coaching

We need to address specific challenges and opportunities


Board Training

How do I get leadership aligned with development objectives?

Let’s Talk

Together We Can Make Big Things Happen. Let’s see what makes sense for you!

Core Services

Advancement Pathway Planning

Dynamic, aspirational, detailed, inclusive, living planning process.

Campaigns

Planned, feasible, realistic, engaging, stakeholder inclusive, leadership and case centric.

Capacity & Sustainability

Directed, growth and action oriented, pivotal adjustments and initiatives, tools, sustainable.

Maximize Major Donor Pipeline

Methodical, researched, stakeholder inclusive, relationship centric, actionable.

SOLUTIONS Virtual Peer Groups

SOLUTIONS is a complementary resource to Copley Raff’s services.

We know it’s lonely at the top for nonprofit executives. This isolation can lead to burnout and poor outcomes – especially during times like these. Solutions provides a safe, supportive environment to share stories and discuss challenges via monthly online sessions with other nonprofit leaders who understand your circumstances. It is for CEOs, COOs, Chief Development Officers, Chief Marketing Officers, Board Officers and other nonprofit executives.

Master Gift Officer

Become a Master Gift Officer

Exclusively created and refined by Copley Raff, the Master Gift OfficerTM is the ultimate opportunity for Advancement professional development.  Master Gift Officers are prepared to revolutionize donor relationships, execute successful asks, and ensure sweeping enhancements to fundraising outcomes.

GivingTake Blog

It is Always Darkest Before the Dawn

To succeed during these especially trying times, I suggest you do all you can to create the feeling and reality of forward progress and an institutional sense of positive momentum. It starts with planning both for the dark time and the slow-motion dawning.

Why NOT to Ask for a Gift — NOT

I have consulted with well over 200 organizations in my career. This experience has put me in a position to share some of the “greatest hits” of why organizations do not ask a donor or prospective donor to make a gift.  Allow me to share both their arguments against and my arguments for asking a […]

What Might 2022 Look Like for Fundraising?

This, our second economic crisis in the past 12-years, promises to be 10-fold worse with a longer and more disruptive recovery. The lessons we as advancement professionals learned from the great recession offer little insight to our current crisis. Life and the economy as we knew it will be profoundly different, even after the widespread use of a Covid-19 vaccine. While this is an enormously complex topic, I want to touch upon some likely societal changes and their implications for our work. Warning … the picture is not pretty.

Harm Averted is Benefit Unseen

There is a saying in public health circles – “harm averted is benefit unseen.” This notion could not be more relevant today, as we cope with the coronavirus pandemic. You and your organization may be in a similar circumstance.