• A guide for your journey
    If you’re on a journey to raise money for your charitable organization or congregation, let GSB serve as your guide.
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  • Fundraising for Charities and Churches
    Annual Giving. Capital Campaigns. Endowment Programs. Public Relations. Planning
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  • Organizational Development for Charities & Churches
    Organizational Assessments. Board Development. Conflict Resolution & Team Building. Master Site & Facility Audits and Planning.
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  • Teaching Fundraising and Leadership
    Learn the skills, methods and systems of fundraising so you can do it yourself. Let GSB mentor your people to new heights of leadership.
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Jim Schade,
Associate
Jim brings to clients extensive knowledge, skills and expertise to gain deferred gifts and build thriving endowment funds.
Why accept less than the goal?
We raised more than $2 million but we were still 15% short of the goal. Should we accept long-term financing and just “suck it up” as missing the total need? As we reached the final months of the appeal, rather than accepting less than what we needed, campaign leadership re-engaged our efforts.  We asked two members who chose not to give to the appeal for a challenge gift. One of them stepped forward with a $100,000 challenge gift for more contributions over and above what was already committed. A zero dollar donor to the original appeal became a six figure challenge donor! Those who were generous to the original appeal were invited to extend their gift.  Those who didn’t engage the first appeal were invited to new or increased gifts. The entire congregation was engaged to reach what I consider “excellence” rather than accept a shortfall. Rather than accepting anything but complete success has led this congregation to needing to inform donors what will happen with gifts in excess of the total need.  What a great way to enforce an abundance mentality.
GSB Case Studies
In our more than three decades working with charities and churches on fundraising and development, we’ve helped hundreds of organizations overcome challenges to success. Click “Read More” to access case studies of clients we’ve guided through treacherous terrain.