We Understand Your World

The voluntary sector is immensely vibrant, populated by organizations committed to a great diversity of causes. The first thing they have in common is a drive to improve the world. The second is their reliance on philanthropy to fuel their ambitions.

GG+A has partnered with organizations passionate about wilderness protection and disease prevention, energy and entrepreneurship, global affairs and guide dogs, genomics and golf, boys and girls, hiking and hunger, cities and nature preserves, refugee policies and faith communities.

Challenges & Solutions

With our broad experience, we understand the challenges that virtually all fundraising programs have in common—as well as the specific dynamics of institutions in the voluntary sector. Like leaders at educational and healthcare institutions, you may need help determining a realistic campaign goal, engaging your board more effectively, or using analytics to drive fundraising results. But unlike them, you may lack alumni, grateful patients, or any ready pool of affiliated major-donor prospects.

GG+A has experts spanning all aspects of fundraising and constituent engagement, backed by best-in-class tools and resources.

Whatever your specific challenges,
we can help you develop a custom solution.

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Our Services

Our goal is to help our clients raise the funds they need to thrive through sustainable annual, major-gift, and planned-giving programs. Services include:

Advancement data management

Using peer benchmarks, we are able to provide information on best practices and demonstrate their effectiveness. Learn more.

Campaign planning studies

Provides the insights and data needed to make critical decisions about a proposed campaign’s structure, objectives, and implementation, offering an objective review of strengths and weaknesses relevant to the proposed campaign. Fundamental activities include briefing lead prospects and volunteers on the campaign’s goals, soliciting feedback on the case for support, and face-to-face conversations that explore the perceptions and gift potential of key constituents. Includes an analysis of internal resources available to support the effort and evidence-based recommendations for strategies, investments, and reallocations that will help support an ambitious and achievable campaign.

Development program reviews

An assessment of the development operation that provides recommendations on the optimal organizational structure and deployment of staff and resources, as well as an evaluation of overall culture, environment, and level of readiness to support sustainable increases in fundraising. Typically focuses on management and organization, resources and budgets, prospect management, communications, and constituent engagement. May include benchmarking against peer institutions.

Donor-acquisition and expansion strategies

Evaluates the potential market for donation and provides a list of records selected according to a combination of geographic and demographic data, consumer behavior, and past charitable giving tendencies. Draws upon data gathered through prospect screening.

Philanthropic analytics

With more than 50 years of full-service philanthropic consulting experience and an unparalleled suite of analytical tools and resources, we can help you turn “We think” into “We know.” Learn more.

Staff and volunteer development

At GG+A, consultants with extensive development-leadership experience coach clients in the core competencies of major-gift fundraising: qualifying and planning, cultivating, asking, negotiating, and stewardship. Learn more.

Strategic communications

We understand that communications tactics must flow from strategic goals and objectives. Learn more.


An efficient and cost-effective way to better understand key stakeholders’ developing interests and attitudes toward philanthropic giving. Uncover constituents’ interests, perceptions, opinions, motivations, and concerns. Understand facets of prospect behavior and engagement, knowledge invaluable to practitioners in development, communications, and donor stewardship. May be customized to target a particular program area, audience segment, donor profile, or fundraising initiative.

Our Clients

In recent years, GG+A has put its philanthropic-management expertise to work for charitable organizations with wide-ranging missions, challenges, and complexities. Here is a sampling:

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • The Carter Center
  • Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Columbus Foundation
  • The Hunger Project
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation of America
  • Mercy Corps
  • National Audubon Society
  • Obama Foundation
  • Oxfam International
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • The Rodale Institute
  • Save the Children (UK)
  • Sierra Club
  • South Georgia Heritage Trust
  • The Sutton Trust
  • Tuerk House
  • World Wildlife Fund