Strategy

We see opportunities through a fundamentally different lens and work with leaders to transform their vision into results.

Achieving bold impact requires trusted advisors who bring strategic insight, relevant experience, critical thinking, rigorous discipline, and high standards of integrity to their professional practice. These are the traits that drive the fundraising and search engagements Development Guild DDI conducts for ambitious leaders and organizations. With a 45 year track record, deep roots in strategic planning and leadership development, and sector knowledge spanning the nonprofit landscape, we provide clients with a lens – and a compass – for negotiating the terrain between where they are and where they are going. Our services include:

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Planning, benchmarking, and research
  • Board development and training
  • DevGuild generative AI services

With each engagement, we begin with questions.

Recognizing that success requires thoughtful and informed plans, the human capital to carry them out, and the financial resources to back them, we start with the questions that leaders need to address when they reach a crossroads.

  • Is your vision paired with a path for achieving it?
  • Could the challenges you face actually be opportunities?
  • Do you have alignment among your stakeholders?
  • Where should you adopt best practices? Where should you be entrepreneurial and create your own way forward?
  • Do your plans, people, and practices reflect the diverse landscape in which you want to work and achieve impact?
  • Where is the intersection between what you have in place and what you still need?
  • How will you know that you are successful?

We bring your goals to life.

Building on an exchange of information and ideas, and the experience gained during more than 2,500 client engagements throughout the nonprofit sphere, we engage in a collaborative process that is distinguished by provocative thinking and candid dialogue, and supported by creative ideas, sound evidence, and in-house research, data modeling, and analytic capabilities. Throughout this process, we remain committed to understanding and respecting your unique culture, and to translating the knowledge and insight we gain into solutions that energize your fundraising and search activities. Our success in building a partnership and a rapport with clients – and in delivering the tangible solutions they require – has positioned Development Guild DDI as the strategist of choice for ambitious leaders.

Through every stage of our fundraising counsel, and with any question I have asked, Development Guild has been an incredible resource. They understand the complexities of our programs, including the opportunities and challenges, and they work well with our Board, senior leadership, and staff. The strategy, guidance, and analytical approach they provide is invaluable.

- Morgan Herman, Executive Vice President of Development