Services Offered
TESTIMONIALS

"I have experienced and observed the work of Connie Isaacson for nearly 15 years.  I consider Connie a consummate professional, able to relate to a variety of audiences, from Board members to executive directors to donors to volunteers.  Connie’s experience in developing fundraising and sustainability plans and executing development programs would be beneficial to any nonprofit organization.  In addition, her follow-through and commitment to providing an excellent work product are unparalleled."

Kristi Knous
President, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

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"I have never met a more talented development professional than Connie Isaacson and I consider myself fortunate to have worked closely with her. Connie is the type of person who makes you feel like an old friend within a few minutes of meeting her. Yet, her relaxed and welcoming personality is coupled with an incredibly high drive for excellence and a deep passion to make the world a better place. It's nearly impossible not to like Connie and equally difficult not to want to support the causes she promotes."

 
Heather Starr
North Starr Communications, LLC

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Isaacson Consulting is committed to helping you develop the resources needed to advance your organization and its mission. We provide counsel and guidance to strengthen annual giving, capital campaigns, special projects and major donor programs.

We help you strengthen volunteer involvement, relationship building and Board performance.

We develop smart, workable strategies for staffing, budgeting,  prospect research, record keeping, marketing and constituency relations and donor recognition.




ANNUAL FUND

  • Direct mail--Achieve higher response rates and larger gifts.   
  • Special events –Increase attendance and dollars raised.
  • Donor management – Learn how to prospect, retain, upgrade and recognize donors
  • E-fundraising – Reach donors, volunteers and prospects using email and the Internet.
  • Grant writing – Grow your grant income with tips for success or complete grant writing services.


MAJOR DONORS
 

We help organizations enhance their philanthropically inspired major gifts with counsel on:
  • Donor cultivation and stewardship strategies
  • Moves management techniques
  • Gift solicitation trainings
  • Tools and techniques such as gift range charts


CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COUNSEL


We advise in all areas of campaign planning, preparation and implementation.  This includes:
  • Pre-campaign awareness building
  • Feasibility study
  • Case statement
  • Goal setting
  • Goals and objectives
  • Overall campaign plan
  • Volunteer structure and organization
  • Staffing levels and responsibilities
  • Campaign budget
  • Major gift prospecting, research and solicitation
  • Campaign timeline
  • Donor recognition
  • Publications and other support materials
  • Records and reports
  • Publicity and promotion
  • Post-campaign plans


VOLUNTEERS

We help nonprofit organizations better utilize and encourage volunteer leadership and vision with services that include,
  • Understanding current volunteer trends and highlights
  • Recruiting, orienting, training, involving, evaluating and recognizing volunteers
  • Strategies, practices and procedures for a stronger, more productive and more effective Board
  • Volunteer team development


STRATEGIC PLANNING

We help organizations understand the need and process for careful, ongoing institutional strategic planning including:
  • Developing processes and procedures for identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Analyzing and refining missions and purpose
  • Identifying the strategies for growth and success
  • Creating a strategic planning model that is both measurable and outcome-oriented – a plan that meets the needs of the organization and provides maximum opportunity for involvement and buy-in from constituents


TRAINING AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Audiences applaud Connie Isaacson’s ability to provide meaningful information that is both relevant and easily understood. And, her “take home” strategies can be immediately implemented.

Training Topics
  • Putting the FUN in Fund Development
  • Creating a Culture of Philanthropy
  • The Money Tree – How to Grow One
  • Building an Effective Board
  • Friend-Raising before Fund Raising
  • Fundraising in Tough Economic Times
  • Making the “Ask”
  • Board and Staff Roles in Fund Development
  • Strategic Planning: Plan the Work....and Work the Plan
  • Customized presentations are available upon request