Your campaign readiness and feasibility are only the beginning. Our extensive planning study will serve as a blueprint for your campaign, offering customized strategies to help you meet—and often exceed—your fundraising goal. We’ll continue this personalized approach in helping execute your campaign, through our fundraising campaign management and consulting services.
Fundraising Strategists. Philanthropic Partners.
We understand the day-to-day demands of running a nonprofit. With the added strain of a major fundraising effort, you need more than a consultant—you need a strategic partner. That’s why we’ll be there for you. With you. Working alongside you, every step of the way.
Since 1989, The Curtis Group has provided personalized fundraising counsel to nearly 200 nonprofits across the region. Partnering with clients spanning the arts & cultural, educational, civic & public affairs, social service and healthcare sectors, we’ve conducted more than 150 planning studies, over 4,500 interviews and raised hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Clients & Case Studies
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Over the course of its 40+ years in existence, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities had grown into the largest and most successful organization of its kind in the country. But the foundation hadn’t taken a hard look at their development program in over a decade, so they asked us to conduct an assessment to see if they were on the right track. We began meeting with key stakeholders…
Barrier Islands Center
To Virginia’s secluded Eastern Shore community, the Barrier Islands Center is more than a museum, education center and tourist attraction—it’s a cherished gathering place. The BIC had big dreams of restoring buildings on their campus and starting an endowment, but knew their board and staff were new to fundraising—so we advised…
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
As Thomas Jefferson’s personal retreat, Poplar Forest is an incredible piece of history. But it had not launched a major campaign in decades, and struggled with low visibility. The Curtis Group conducted a planning study, which determined there was not much public awareness of this hidden gem, and that the organization was relying on a small, core pool of major donors…
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy had a high bar to maintain when they set their sights on opening a second lower school campus—while expanding and enhancing their main campus. Through in-depth analysis, The Curtis Group determined the financial potential was there, but the critical element to their success would be the identification of the right leadership for the campaign …
Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children with disabilities, Equi-Kids needed their own, larger facility in order to grow and be financially secure. Our consultants determined that Equi-Kids needed changes to their board and fundraising structure. We started by building a new team to lead their capital campaign, then crafting a strategic plan…