Meet Hannah Berger, Fitz’s Senior Consultant

Hannah Berger, M.P.A, began working with Fitz Nonprofit Consulting in the spring of 2016. Since then, she has become an invaluable member of the Fitz Team and my “partner-in-fundraising-crime”. Hannah’s specialty is as a philanthropy coach to nonprofit staff and board leaders. She pulls on her incredible experience and expertise in working with major donors…

The “Magic” in Major Donor Fundraising

When I meet with potential clients, they often think I have a magic wand in my purse that I will wave all around their offices and things will magically change for the better. Like, new donors will instantly start giving or current donors will double their donations. Presto-chango! Instant increased fundraising!! What I have found…

Donor Research = Successful Solicitations

Meet Fitz Nonprofit Consulting‘s team member, Meghan Petyak, Fundraising & Donor Prospect Researcher. Ms. Petyak has nearly a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector. A member of the Fitz Team since 2017, she began her nonprofit career in fundraising research at the MET and went on to lead the prospect and donor research operations…

Social Enterprise for Nonprofits

the last decade, social enterprises – like Tom’s Shoes, One Hope Winery and FEED – have become a popular way of doing business successfully. The concept is simple: Make and sell a product whose sales will go directly to financially support and create visibility for a charitable cause. Given the success of social enterprises in…

Best Ideas: Year End Appeal

It is that time of year again when our email and snail mail boxes fill up for requests for funds to support our favorite causes… or even causes we have never heard of! What makes a letter compelling? There are a couple qualifiers before I get into the technical aspects that make a letter successful….

Special Workshop: Board Management

Join Fitz Nonprofit Consulting‘s Senior Consultant, Hannah Berger, as she talks about Managing Up: Secrets to Stellar Board Engagement at The Hive at the Leichtag Commons on January 17, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am. Cost is $18 (includes lunch)! Sign up here! Details below. As a professional in the charitable sector, chances are you have big goals,…

San Diego Nonprofits by the Numbers

10,844 nonprofit organizations within San Diego County 92% have an annual budget under $1,000,000 $18B in revenue brought in my nonprofits annually $6B in total wages to the region contributed by nonprofits 115,344 nonprofit jobs 88% of people in San Diego have public confidence in nonprofits   What do the numbers mean? Thanks to the…

Cheat Sheet: Highlights of the Giving USA Report 2017!

  Just in case you didn’t have a chance to read the full Giving USA Report… here is your cheat sheet highlighting the information you need to know!   Highlights of the Giving USA 2017 Report: A total of $390.05 billion was donated to nonprofits in the United States in 2016 –  almost an $11 billion increase from…

The Four Elements Your Organization Needs to Succeed at Capital Campaign

A Feasibility Study is based on four Predictive Indicators for Success that aid in determining how an organization can be successful. An urgent and compelling case for support motivates constituents to make the number and size of contributions necessary to meet a significant campaign goal. It must have: A reason for raising money that clearly reflects…

The Phases of a Campaign

  I am often asked, about the phases of a capital campaign and when a campaign should “go public”. There are four distinct phases of a campaign. The first is the planning phase and this is by far the longest phase of all four. The planning phase begins when the nonprofit Board of Directors and Staff members…