Fundraising on a Mission is best known for interim development solutions, leading capital campaigns, and turning crisis into success. With over 25 years experience of successfully growing nonprofits, Clarinda has developed an extensive toolkit. See our menu of options, or call Clarinda to talk about a customized solution for your organization's unique challenges.
Interim Development Solutions
Is your organization drifting without strong fundraising leadership? Are you in between Development Directors? Is your annual gala coming up with no one to lead the planning?
You are not alone. The challenges of finding long-term, permanent NGO development staff are well documented. The good news is, a qualified Interim Development Director can help. Clarinda has stepped in for dozens of organizations, turning crisis into growth and success. She can join you for a matter of weeks or months, to get things back on track and full steam ahead, until you find the right permanent solution.
"Clarinda has a great combination of knowledge, leadership, and organizational ability. At a time when our non-profit was going through multiple transitions, she kept the development program organized and laid the groundwork for future success."
-- Kevin McHargue, Executive Director - St. Andrew Legal Clinic
Fundraising Plan and Assessment of Current Fundraising Efforts
Your fundraising program is only as good as your fundraising plan. If you're thinking to yourself, "uh oh- we don't have one!" then you are amongst the majority of grassroots nonprofits. To reach your next level of fundraising, and sustain future growth, it is essential to plan. Planning keeps individuals and committees on track and efficient, providing clear goals and objectives. Clarinda has the knowledge and real-world experience to help you come up with a clear, attainable, realistic fundraising plan. You may want to start the planning process with an assessment of your current fundraising efforts- to see what is working and what isn't.
"As a consultant, the assessment and recommendations report that Clarinda completed for us was exactly what we needed! It clearly told us our strengths and challenges were for the past few years and provided next steps to increase our capacity to raise funds."
-- Lauren Booth, Executive Director - Living Yoga
Capital campaigns are a specialized branch of fundraising, and for good reason. They are typically longer-term, high-target fundraising, and require strong community support with plenty of planning and momentum. It is not uncommon for organizations to discover that their capital campaign is in need of more work than they anticipated. Whether you are just getting started, or find your capital campaign stalled halfway to the finish line, a fresh outside perspective can help you reach your goals. Clarinda can help you assess whether the time is right for a capital campaign, create a plan, or jump start a stalled campaign.
"Clarinda is an all-star when it comes to shaping and developing a strategic capital campaign plan that encourages board members want to lean in and take action. Hiring Clarinda was one of the smartest investments we made because she brought immediate value to our team and motivated all of us to action using her high energy and expertise."
-- Shelly Parini, Interim Executive Director - Willamette Falls Legacy Project
Board Engagement in Fundraising
Nonprofit organizations can thrive or flounder because of a single aspect- their board of directors. What may surprise you is that there is something far more important than who is on the board, and that is how the board is functioning. Without guidance, many well meaning board members will remain disengage and their talents wasted.
The fact of the matter is that each person has a reason they're on the board of directors. Maybe the nonprofit touched their family in some way. Maybe it's mission has to do with the industry of their employer, and they find it interesting.
Clarinda has led many game-changing board workshops and retreats to help engage board members in a dynamic exploration of their role. She takes the mystery and fear out of fundraising, to show individuals how their strengths can and will contribute to a team effort, leading to vigorous organizational growth. Everyone wants to be part of a success story and Clarinda can inspire your board to pursue their highest level of leadership skills.
"I have been to many fundraising workshops but I've never been to one where we drilled down to a level where each board member understood the role we play in fundraising by simply using our natural skills."
-- Board Member - Washington Trust of Historic Preservation
Strategic planning is an effective organizational management activity that can help you determine your priorities, identify your resources, strengthen your work, and adjust your direction in response to a changing world. Effective strategic planning articulates not only where an organization is going and the actions needed to make progress, but also how it will know if it is successful. Clarinda is an experience strategic planner who can help you identify strategies to advance your mission.
"Our Foundation Board raved about the strategic planning process that was provided. One attendee said it was the most well organized strategic planning process they had ever participated in. They love the strategic plan! After reviewing the plan, two board members each handed me $1,000 checks."
-- Heidi Luquette, Executive Director, Tillamook Bay Community College Foundation
Coaching & Mentoring
If your nonprofit has just hired your first development director who needs guidance on best practices in fundraising or a seasoned staff member who is taking leadership on a key area of fundraising, Clarinda can help with coaching and mentoring support. As a seasoned professional, she can bring years of experience to provide expert advice based on lessons learned and successful outcomes.
"Clarinda was wonderful to work with! As my mentor, she gave me tons of resources and information that I can use for years to come. She was always very prepared with a plan for each session but she was also flexible. She brought a wide range of ideas to the table, too!"
-- Carol-Ann Nelson, Executive Director, Destination Rehab
Planning and executing a fundraising event requires the management of many things and includes a 'all hands on deck' engagement effort. Whether it is your first or your 20th event, Clarinda brings enthusiasm and expertise to event planning.
"I worked closely with Clarinda and experience, firsthand, her energy, leadership, professionalism, and commitment to making our annual event a huge success. She rose to the challenge and delivered more than a great result with a 39% increase in revenue. We couldn't have done it without her!"
-- Keith McIntire, Stoel Rives - St. Andrew Legal Clinic Event Chair