Strategic Fundraising For Non-Profit Organizations
Constellation Advancement is a boutique consultancy that provides fundraising counsel for your non-profit organization.
Constellation is made up of former development vice presidents. We understand your challenges. We respect your hard work. We are not talking heads offering advice; we give you a sense of value and partnership. We are focused on hands-on help that improves effectiveness and bottom-line numbers.
The challenges facing today are like nothing we have seen before. The COVID-19 crisis continues to affect all of us, changing our lives and priorities. Like everyone, we are concerned about the health and safety of our colleagues, clients, family, and friends.
We know how to fundraise during a crisis, like 9/11 and the Great Recession. Emergencies cause people to re-stack their priorities. They support fewer charities and increase their diligence targeting. Non-profits must act now to protect their donor relationships and even their relevance.
Clients want to know how to motivate their boards and how to reach out to constituents in this crisis. More and more, we are called upon to structure muscular, productive weekly outreach meetings that drive results. We also counsel about restructuring and even merger scenarios.
At Constellation, we like to say that your mission is our mission.
An organized fundraising campaign can change the fortunes of a non-profit for the best. Campaigns raise all the sights of a non-profit, from strategic planning to marketing to revenue and even to human resources and the ability to inspire and retain good employees.
Studies estimate that over the next thirty years charities will receive between $6 and $25 trillion in donations from the charitable estate plans of donors. The consultants at Constellation Advancement know that, overwhelmingly, the charities that will benefit from this most will have donor-centric gift planning programs that ask for estate gifts.
Non-profit boards and executive directors are often troubled by a sense that their development office generates a lot of activity, but not enough tangible outcomes.
Focus on Fundraising
What is the board’s role in crisis planning? Having them underfoot operationally isn’t the best, but you want to keep them close. They need to know that if they don’t give other won’t either. They also need to be conversant about crisis planning to encourage and empower their own outreach on your charity’s behalf.
With the revue disruptions of COVID-19 fundraisers and nonprofit board members are re-focusing on the massive revenue potential of gift planning (deferred gifts in wills, gifts made through trusts, retirement accounts and the like).
An exceptional team offering unrivaled expertise
✓ Re-imagining development functions and outcomes
✓ Building fundraising capacity
A development executive with more than 30 years of experience, Jay serves clients engaged in independent and higher education, healthcare and academic medicine, and community building initiatives. Before doing so, Jay served Choate Rosemary Hall, Yale University School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Drew University, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Through an affiliated company, The Angeletti Group, Jay brings extensive resources geared toward every aspect of development services. Jay received his B.A. from Lake Forest College and studied public administration and nonprofit management at the University of Connecticut. ...Read More
✓ Interim development office leadership
✓ Specialty campaign structures with branding and communications considerations
Chris Cloud is one of a handful of fund raising professionals with senior level experience in both higher education and healthcare. He was a director of fundraising programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and a Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Baruch College. Chris’ specialty is campaign planning and serving as interim leader of development offices. He’s served in this way at The Cooper Union, the New-York Historical Society and with a number of schools within the City University of New York system. He holds a BA degree from The Florida State University, an MBA degree from Rollins College, and a JD degree from Tulane University Law School. ...Read More
✓ Campaign design and feasibility
✓ Driving campaigns to goal
Dave Gallagher comes to Constellation from Harvest Fund Raising Counsel, Inc., the fundraising services firm he founded in 2006. Known and respected widely in the northeastern United States as one of the top talents in campaign execution and management, Dave serves a wide range of clients including: The State University of New York, The City University of New York, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, St. Louis University, Baruch College, Le Moyne College, and Long Island University. A former Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Baruch College/CUNY and a Vice President at Community Counselling Service Company (CCS Fundraising), Dave earned both his BA and MA in History at St. John’s University. ...Read More
✓ Campaign feasibility, design and execution
✓ Optimizing development office functioning
Sean has extensive experience as both a non-profit leader, trustee, and staff member giving him particular insight in advancing the work and mission of his clients. He has worked with non-profits for more than twenty years with a special concentration in education, particularly independent and parochial secondary and elementary schools and higher education, as well as in the social service sector. He has extensive experience in capital campaigns, donor engagement, annual giving, development office management, budgeting, program evaluation, grant writing, special events, and constituent publications. Sean also spent twenty years in the financial services industry. He is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business with an M.B.A. and holds a B.S. from Virginia Tech. ...Read More
✓ Assessment of development office productivity
✓ Planning studies and campaigns
Michael Stein brings more than 30 years of development experience to Constellation Advancement. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, he held a series of executive positions at the Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, N.Y., where he directed three successful capital campaigns and also had administrative responsibility for corporate communications, marketing and government affairs. Mike has worked with Gundersen Medical Foundation, Crouse Healthcare Foundation, Princeton Health Care System, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Newseum, Dutchess County Community College and Union Graduate College. He has served on the University Council at UAlbany. Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University at Albany and a Masters in Counseling in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. ...Read More
✓ Board development and training
✓ Major and planned gift programs
Margaret has been a fundraising consultant in New York City since 1991. She was the Senior Consultant in the Northeastern Region for The Sharpe Group (Memphis, TN), a planned giving consulting firm and has served as Senior Vice President, Communications Group from 1986 to 1991 at America's first and largest humane society, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), headquartered in New York City. She headed a 22-person staff responsible for fundraising, public relations, publications, humane education, and volunteers. ...Read More