Services that inspire generosity
Maybe you think that spending money on development will be too expensive and won’t yield results. Let Cesie work with you to determine what you're doing "right" and where there might be room for a little improvement. She'll prioritize what you should do first in order to get the biggest bang for your buck. You'll get a complete report with recommendations that you can refer to and work from.
Editing/Writing Direct Mail
Letters that come from you should tell a compelling story. Cesie can take your appeal letter from "blah" to "wow." She'll help you with all aspects of your mailing: formatting, inserting the right photos, content, the response card, and the outer envelope.
Composing Thank you letters
Didn't your mom always say, "Don't forget to write your thank you notes?" She was right. Thanking your donors is one of the key ways that will make them feel so special that they will want to continue supporting you. Let Cesie write a thank you letter that will make your donors swoon.
You can work with Cesie to best meet your needs. Workshops can go anywhere from one hour to five hours. Here's a sample:
Training Board members to be excited about fundraising/development
Grant writing 101
Getting Congregations to Give Joyfully
How to tell your story
Ways to thank your donors
How to write an effective blog
Working with Churches
One of Cesie's passions is helping mainline churches overcome their fear of asking for money. It's critical to have a solid faith foundation and understanding of the role of money as a first step. Cesie can help you determine why money needs to be talked about and then she'll help you add technical innovations like thanking people, telling stories, and offering digital giving.
Creatively Thanking Donors
So often we think thanking is a "one and done" affair. But nope, you need to keep thanking your donors and reminding them how their gift is changing the world. Let Cesie develop ways to thank your donors and let them know how important they are to your organization.
Cesie began her development life learning how to write compelling and persuasive grants (her high school English teacher would be so proud). Her specialty is writing grants to large and small private foundations and trusts - from the cover letter to the narrative, to the budget. She has received grants from Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, Ford Family Foundation, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Salem Foundation, and the Juan Young Trust, to name just a few. Cesie can take a look at your grant and give you advice on how it can become a winner.