Strategic Fundraising For Non-Profit Organizations
Constellation Advancement is a boutique consultancy firm that provides professional advice and hands-on help for your non-profit organization. We counsel about how to raise money and best manage your institutional advancement function with reliable revenue results and rational expenses.
Constellation is made up of nonprofit vice presidents who later turned to consultancy. We understand your challenges. We respect your hard work. We are not talking heads who disappear at the end of the day. We give you a real sense of value and partnership. We use hands-on approaches that improve effectiveness and bottom-line numbers.
The challenges of the world since COVID are like nothing we have seen. Employment markets are disrupted, economies are fitful, feasibility studies have changed, and outreach is different. We were in the trenches during 9/11 and the Great Recession. We understand crisis environment fundraising. We can help you with the new challenges of the day. We furnish insight based on industry best practices. We design 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.
Fundraising Campaign Planning and Execution
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.
Healthcare Fundraising and Grateful Patient Programs
Grateful patient fundraising programs offer the most effective way for providers to find resource for leading-edge technology, and the latest in patient care and comfort.
Finding and Recruiting Non-profit Board Members
Using targeted research and personal outreach campaigns, we have helped dozens of non-profits find board members to improve their giving cultures and governance sophistication.
Gift Planning Services: We turn locked-up assets into gifts on your balance sheet
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.
Development Office Assessments to Improve Revenue Outcomes
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.
Interim Development Office Leadership and Outsourced Fundraising Services
We specialize in providing interim leadership for your development office, as well as outsourced services like grant writing, research, database work, and other functions.
Focus on Fundraising
The Post-Covid Face of Fundraising Feasibility and Planning StudiesElmore_James The Post-Covid Face of Fundraising Feasibility and Planning Studies By Dave Gallagher Covid-19 scrambled many things, including the ground rules for feasibility and planning studies for fundraising campaigns. It's time to rethink these studies, the...
How to Use your Major Gifts Team to Professionally Staff Board DevelopmentElmore_James How to Use your Major Gifts Team to Professionally Staff Board Development By Chris Cloud I did a podcast about how to professionalize your board development function at your nonprofit organization. We talked about using...
Crossing the Finish Line: How One School Created a Campaign within a Campaign to Raise the Final MillionElmore_James Crossing the Finish Line: How One School Created a Campaign within a Campaign to Raise the Final Million By Jay Angeletti Following the excitement of the initial lead gifts, a campaign launch,...
COVID-19: Activating Board Members to Help and Give in Time of CrisisElmore_James COVID-19: Activating Board Members to Help and Give in Time of Crisis What is the board's role in crisis planning? Having them underfoot operationally isn't the best, but you want to...
Does Your Nonprofit Organization Really Have a Gift Planning Program?Elmore_James Does Your Nonprofit Organization Really Have a Gift Planning Program? 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...
Concierge StewardshipElmore_James Concierge Stewardship By Brian M. Sagrestano, J.D., CFRE, and Robert E. Wahlers, MS., CFRE The concierge at your favorite hotel can make your stay a memorable one, securing dinner reservations, obtaining tickets...
An exceptional team offering unrivaled expertise
✓ Re-imagining development functions and outcomes
✓ Building fundraising capacity
A development executive with nearly 40 years of experience, Jay is a founding member of Constellation Advancement, bringing the deep resources of The Angeletti Group to Constellation to serve a broader range of clients with a full continuum of services. 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. ...Read More
✓ Interim development office leadership
✓ Specialty campaign structures with branding and communications considerations
Chris is one of a handful of fund-raising professionals with senior-level experience in both higher education and healthcare. Supported by a background in law, he served as strategic fund-raising counsel for organizations dealing with special governance issues including The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, The Cooper Union, The City University of New York, and the College of New Rochelle. He has been the interim chief development officer at eight different organizations for over six years of his career. ...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 2005. Known and respected widely in the United States as one of the top talents in campaign execution and management, Dave serves a wide range of clients including: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, American Jewish University, National Center for Civil & Human Rights, St. Louis University, Baruch College, University and Albany, SUNY Cortland College, Rowan University, Goodwill Industries International, and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. ...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 been deeply involved in the advancement and development business 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. ...Read More
✓ Assessment of development office productivity
✓ Planning studies and campaigns
Mike brings over 30 years of development experience and background to Constellation Advancement. Prior to joining the firm, he served in a variety of executive roles at the Bassett Healthcare Network (Cooperstown, NY). He originally joined Bassett in 1982 and later became the organization’s first Director of Public Relations and Fund Development. In that capacity, Mike orchestrated Bassett’s first capital campaign to help fund construction of the Bassett Clinic. In 1994, he left Bassett to serve as the Vice President for Development of the Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York, where he oversaw development operations. Returning to Bassett in October 1996, Mike served as the Vice President for External Affairs and successfully managed two major capital campaigns. ...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
Jamie Renwick✓ Of Counsel
Jamie has worked as a fundraising professional in New York City and London for over 24 years and has raised millions of dollars for the organizations she has served. Her recent clients include The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, East Harlem School, The Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia Law School, Teach for America, Squash Haven,Weill Cornell Medicine, iMentor, Prospect Park Alliance and Newark Charter School Fund. ...Read More