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Find or Become a Fundraising Consultant
If you run a nonprofit organization like a charity, church or school, fundraising can be a real challenge. Hiring a fundraising consultant can make raising funds manageable.
A fundraising consultant focuses on development strategies that can make raising funds easy for your nonprofit. The consultant will work with your managers on campaign management, marketing and community outreach to finance your endeavors. He or she may even offer advice and training to your management team so that your organization may become independent. He or she may charge by the hour, or work for a commission based on the amount of funds that are raised.
Your consultant may use a variety of tactics to encourage local institutions and individuals to donate. Some campaigns are internet based, asking for online donations, or offering a partial donation when people pay for certain products or services. A consultant may also organize a processional or other events to raise local awareness. Other effective means include telethons, auctions and mailers.
When choosing a fundraising consultant to represent your club, institution, political organization, or other nonprofit, you should be sure to check his or her credentials. Pick someone who has a history of developmental coaching and instruction, and who has a proven history of success. You may also want to pick a member of the AFP, or Association of Fundraising Professionals.
No matter what your fundraising needs, a fundraising consultant can help you achieve your goals. To find a fundraising consultant, check with your local AFP, job boards and other local non-profits.
Hiring a professional fundraising consultant with the right training can help your nonprofit organization get the local, national, and even global support that it needs. There are many fundraising management consultants listed in your online directory and on the Internet. Some people find that it is hard for them to choose companies that are right for them because there are so many options available. If you follow these guidelines, though, you should be able to find a company that suits your needs. When you first contact the fundraising consultants, you will want to determine how much experience they have by asking them how long they have been in business. Those with several years of experience should be familiar with marketing development campaign strategies that churches and nonprofits can use to finance their capital and raise money by selling products or through charity. Find out if the consultants have coaches in your community or on the Internet that you can meet with to get some easy instruction and advice and community fundraising and campaigns that work at the local, national, and global levels. Find out if they have a list of references through the AFP that you can check. This is often the best way to determine how reliable they are because you can talk directly to their other clients about the experiences they have had. Ask the management companies to give you written price quotes for the services you need so that you can compare them and choose one that matches your budget.