We Help Clients Harness the Power of Philanthropy

GG+A believes in the transformational power of philanthropy to improve lives and strengthen society. We also believe in the ability of nonprofit organizations to create and sustain the high-performing fundraising programs they need to achieve their goals.

Success comes down to a short list of essential factors: Being specific about the future you envision for your institution and why people should care. Identifying potential donors with the strongest combination of financial capacity and inclination to support your institution. Using the best data for optimizing every aspect of your program. Basing staff structure, management, and skills-building on best practices. Integrating fundraising and engagement activities with strategic intent. Communicating powerfully and consistently with all audiences across all platforms.

We Develop Custom Solutions Backed By Data

We listen to a client’s needs, then respond by developing a custom plan for gathering pertinent information, answering important questions, and addressing pivotal issues. The approach we recommend will be grounded in data and sophisticated analytics.

Despite situational differences, nonprofit organizations grapple with many of the same questions. How do we help leaders define a compelling vision and create fundraising priorities to achieve it? Develop a comprehensive campaign strategy? Prepare board members to serve as effective fundraising champions? Engage faculty, physicians or other program leaders most productively? Obtain useful benchmarking data? Ensure gift officers are focused on the highest-value prospects and activities? Transition annual fund donors to the major-gift pipeline?

The College of Charleston needed to assist new leadership in building an effective fundraising operation and lay preliminary groundwork for success before announcing it's BOUNDLESS campaign - which exceeded its ambitious target by $14 million.

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Our Services

GG+A offers a suite of best-in-class services capable of addressing any fundraising issue a client might encounter. Some services focus strictly on fundraising while others support related aspects of institutional advancement. Services include:

Comprehensive and program-specific assessments of internal capacity

  • Principal/major-gift fundraising
  • Annual giving
  • Planned giving
  • Foundation and corporate relations
  • Alumni/constituent engagement
  • Donor relations and stewardship
  • Philanthropic analytics
  • Strategic communications
  • Staff and volunteer teaching and coaching
  • Philanthropic operations and advancement-support services

Campaign consulting

  • Institutional visioning and strategic priority-setting
  • Campaign readiness assessments
  • Constituent surveys
  • Comprehensive campaign strategy, planning, and implementation
  • Campaign branding and marketing
  • Campaign communications, including case for support development
  • Donor identification, cultivation, and solicitation
  • Volunteer and staff development

Best-practice principal/major-gift program consulting

  • Prospect identification and screening
  • Principal/major-gift portfolio analysis
  • Donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Volunteer/stakeholder engagement
  • Strategic communications
  • Staff/volunteer teaching and coaching
  • Surveys and philanthropic analytics
  • Strategic alignment with other advancement functions

Interim program management

  • On a limited basis, provide day-to-day program management
  • Build staff skills in cultivation and solicitation strategies
  • Review prospect pool and targets
  • Evaluate gift capacities and identify ask amounts

Our Clients

Since its founding in 1961, GG+A has consulted with more than 2,000 nonprofit organizations in five sectors: higher education, independent schools, academic medicine and healthcare, arts and culture, and the voluntary sector. Our current clients are engaged in fundraising campaigns with a total value of nearly $60 billion, with individual goals ranging from $5 million to more than $6 billion. Here is a sampling of clients representing all sectors:

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • The University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Cambridge
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Charlotte Country Day School
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Christ School
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Columbus Foundation
  • Cornell University
  • Dana Hall School
  • Dartmouth College
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • University of Florida
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Friends' Central School
  • Georgia State University
  • Greenwich Country Day School
  • Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation
  • Imperial College London
  • INSEAD
  • The Jackson Laboratory
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • Kenyon College
  • King’s College London
  • Knox College
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Loomis Chaffee School
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Macquarie University
  • University of Maryland Medical System Foundation
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • McGill University
  • Michigan State University
  • Middlebury College
  • University of Minnesota
  • The National Gallery
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Notre Dame
  • The Ohio State University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The Phillips Collection
  • Prince’s Trust International
  • The University of Queensland
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum
  • South Georgia Heritage Trust
  • University of St Andrews
  • Stanford University
  • University of Toronto
  • University School of Nashville
  • Vanderbilt University
  • The University of Vermont
  • Villanova University
  • University of Virginia
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital