Nonprofit Fundraising and Campaign Consulting

Philanthropy fuels vision. We power philanthropy.

We know philanthropy is one of the most powerful drivers of mission – a way to create change, raise the bar, and sustain programs with extraordinary impact on society. At Development Guild DDI, we engage with leaders through fundraising, campaign and interim management services to create strategies that maximize the synergy between vision, philanthropic opportunity, and the talent and practice of fundraising.

Our nonprofit fundraising consulting begins with questions.

  • What mission goals are you trying to achieve and why?
  • Where will philanthropy make a critical difference?
  • What is your current strategy and how do we adjust it to meet market dynamics?
  • What data can we leverage to achieve your goals?
  • What metrics will help us adjust our strategy along the way?
  • How much do you need to raise?
  • What talent and investments will it take?
  • In other words:  Under what conditions are you most likely to succeed?

Your answers, and an assessment of the existing data and resources available to your organization, shape our nonprofit fundraising consulting work. Together, we will identify and address the conditions necessary to get to the optimal philanthropic position, to guide your investment in fundraising, and build the right model and practice for you.

To each of our clients, we bring a team whose strategic recommendations are influenced by best practice models of fundraising, relevant new ideas, skills in data analytics, contemporary knowledge of metrics, firsthand experience, and a fresh perspective. Our relationships with executive leaders, chief development officers, and Board members further inform our knowledge around what opportunities and tactics create the strongest, most sustainable philanthropic practice. We learn every day and we apply that learning to you.

Development Guild has been our trusted partner for well over 20 years. We have worked together on two successful fundraising campaigns – and are now launching our third, and most ambitious, campaign together. We have also partnered on numerous searches for C-suite and fundraising staff. These collaborations have contributed significantly to Pine Street’s evolution as the leader in efforts to end homelessness in Boston. Much like Pine Street, Development Guild strives for excellence. In search, their understanding of our culture, deep marketplace knowledge and access to top candidates has resulted in new staff who have an impact on day-one. In fundraising, each of our campaigns, and our work to sustain and grow our philanthropy in between campaigns, has benefited significantly from Development Guild’s strategic approach. But, perhaps the most intangible but critical aspect of our partnership is the deep trust we have in their commitment to our values and mission.

- Lyndia Downie, President and Executive Director

The leadership and knowledge Development Guild has provided as our campaign consultant has been nothing short of excellent. Their team is curious, thoughtful, and accountable. Early in our work together, they gained the trust of our Campaign Committee who rely on them for expert advice and counsel. We are grateful for the structure they have helped us to create and the tools they have given us. We’re also grateful to them for their partnership.   

- Pam Tatge, Director