Author Archives: Melissa Wall

Besides an ask, did you say thank you?

Research shows nearly a third of giving happens at the end of the year, so now is the time to focus on communication and donor stewardship. Hopefully your year-end campaign will bring in new donors as well as repeat donors. Throughout your campaign, don’t forget to circle back to those who give and follow up…

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Part 2: 2020 Giving Reflections

Two months ago we shared our thoughts on fundraising in 2020 based on data available at that time. Since then more data has been released, and as promised, here is an update! Spoiler alert, things weren’t too bad in 2020, and the future is looking promising. In Part I, we analyzed the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s…

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Reflections on 2020 Giving Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

The global COVID-19 pandemic brought with it almost immediate changes to all nonprofits in 2020. Suddenly many programs had to close physical locations, suspend or move services online, and handle either an unexpected drop in clients or a growing demand for services. Traditional fundraising methods were instantly limited. No longer could you take a potential…

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Fundraising – Back to Basics

With COVID-19 disrupting fundraising events and development plans, it is my hope that nonprofits get back to basics. Fundraising events are just one part of a comprehensive fundraising strategy. Right now, you may not be able to have coffee or give tours to potential donors or celebrate the work that your organization is doing in-person.…

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Are You Data Literate?

Recently the TCG team participated in a data visualization challenge at the Indy Big Data Conference, and this experience has led me to writing a blog on data literacy.  What is data literacy? Merriam Webster defines being literate as “having knowledge or competence”, and being competent with data is a foundational skill we all need…

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When do you need a Feasibility Study?

Whether you call it a feasibility study, a needs assessment, or a readiness assessment, you typically need one when your organization is looking to take on a large initiative such as a capital fundraising campaign, adding a new program or service, or expanding into a new market.   At Transform Consulting Group (TCG), we perform…

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Getting the Most Out of Your Needs Assessment

Recently Transform Consulting Group finished the annual needs assessment for the Indiana Head Start State Collaboration Office (IHSSCO).   Each Head Start State Collaboration Office is required to annually submit a needs assessment, which informs their strategic plan goals and objectives.   IHSSCO uses their needs assessment to inform their annual work plan, and all organizations…

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Training Your Team

As a new employee (week 8 on the job), I’m learning more and more about Transform Consulting Group. I have found that we don’t stop working where other consultants might. At other consulting groups, the typical client engagement cycle is this: Research is finished. Meeting is over. Report is delivered. On to the next client.…

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