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Grenzebach Glier and Associates partners with nonprofit institutions that transform lives and strengthen civil society. We develop innovative, bespoke solutions that respond to our partners’ distinct needs to ensure they are well-positioned to thrive amid this challenging moment, and well into the future.

GG+A Playbook: Annual giving: Strategies to drive growth

Annual giving plays a critical role within our organizational fundraising strategy. It is where we begin cultivating relationships with many of our most significant donors, a key means by which we engage a wide group of our constituents, and how we raise vital discretionary funds. Yet despite the importance of annual giving, it often operates quietly in the background. But in recent years, high-performing institutions have developed innovative new practices that we can all learn from.

GG+A Playbook: Why stewardship matters: Creative solutions to engage donors now and into the future

Stewardship is a crucial ingredient for every high-performing institution. It deepens relationships, binds people to the institution, and inspires future gifts. Yet, we know it is also an area that often gets overlooked or underfunded as institutions have to make choices about deploying resources.

GG+A Playbook: Volunteers: Engaging your most valued partner

Volunteers play several key roles within our organizations. They are some of our most trusted advisors, most valued ambassadors, and most important donors. Their work has proven invaluable as they helped many institutions weather the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lyric Opera of Chicago - Choose your own adventure: pivoting from traditional gala to a reimagined experience

Lyric Opera’s Kate Later, Senior Director of Board Management and Special Events, talks with Jeff Nearhoof, GG+A Senior Vice President, about how Lyric created a virtual opening night experience that grossed more than any evening in its 60-year history of hosting events.

Building, and rebuilding, a museum development program: lessons from abroad

Claire Gylphé, who has served as Director of Development at Tate since June 2019, spoke with GG+A’s Chris Begley about her perspective on fundraising in the UK versus the US, and how Tate is rethinking its fundraising after the pandemic year.

4 keys to retaining fundraising talent in a hot job market

We’re in the midst of a moment of dramatic change across American life as people in all industries are quitting their jobs at record numbers. That’s creating significant problems for many employers, including many nonprofit institutions’ fundraising teams. The Great Resignation phenomenon only intensifies an already-challenging situation as many fundraising teams struggled to maintain staff even before the pandemic. There’s a real cost to that turnover given that our industry is built around relationships. Here’s how to combat those trends.

It's never been more important to build a culture of philanthropy

While it has always been important to build a culture of philanthropy, the pandemic has illuminated the need for institutions to have a sustainable fundraising model that is focused on individual donors. After all, individual donors account for the majority of giving. That means that several types of institutions have found they need to adjust their approaches, including those with event-based and corporate-focused models, as well as those with little to no advancement program in place. While that pivot can be difficult, the short-term pain is often necessary to position an institution for long-term success.

60 years. 3000+ organizations. Relationships that have spanned decades. See some of GG+A's past and present clients.

Penn State

Partner for 33 years

University of Florida

Partner for 32 years

Children Hospital of Chicago

Partner for 22 years

John Hopkins University & Medicine

Partner for 26 years

University of Nebraska

Partner for 27 years

Art Institute of Chicago

Partner for 12 years

Rush University Medical Center

Partner for 15 years

Randolph-Macon College

Partner for 11 years

Oregon State University Foundation

Partner for 12 years

Knox College

Partner for 12 years

University of Kansas KU Endowment

Partner for 16 years

University of Minnesota Foundation

Partner for 19 years

Drexel University

Partner for 16 years

Insead Business School for the World

Partner for 3 years

Dana Hall School

Partner for 7 years

University of Georgia

Partner for 3 years

Carnegie Mellon University

Partner for 5 years

University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences

Partner for 4 years

Folger Shakespeare Library

Partner for 4 years

Shipley School

Partner for 8 years

Christ School

Partner for 3 years

American School of Milan

Partner for 2 years

San Francisco Symphony

Partner for 10 years

Newberry Library

Partner for 2 years

Temple University

Partner for 5 years

Loomis Chaffee School

Partner for 6 years

Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

Partner for 10 years

Nova Southeastern University

Partner for 4 years

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Partner for 6 years

Kenyon College

Partner for 3 years

University of Vermont Foundation

Partner for 7 years

Blake (BLA)

Partner for 5 years

Northampton Community College

Partner for 2 years

The Phillips Collection

Partner for 4 years

UMass Amherst

Partner for 10 years

Charlotte Country Day School

Partner for 4 years

University of Georgia Terry College of Business

Partner for 7 years

University School of Nashville

Partner for 6 years

University of Toledo

Partner for 6 years

Hoag Hospital Foundation

Partner for 6 years

Yale University

Partner for 7 years

Fidelity Charitable

Partner for 2 years