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?

Soon after a new president and leadership team arrived on campus, many at the University of Dayton felt the time was right to launch an ambitious campaign. However, given that it had been more than 15 years since the university’s last campaign, it needed assistance understanding its prospective donors, setting realistic campaign goals, and arming its fundraising team and partners for the rigors of an ambitious campaign.

To achieve campaign goals, empower people with knowledge and confidence.
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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
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • 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
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Friends' Central School
  • Georgia State University
  • Greenwich Country Day School
  • Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation
  • Imperial College London
  • The Jackson Laboratory
  • Kenyon College
  • King’s College London
  • Knox College
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Loomis Chaffee School
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Macquarie University
  • McGill University
  • Michigan State University
  • Middlebury College
  • The National Gallery
  • The Ohio State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The Phillips Collection
  • Prince’s Trust International
  • 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
  • The University of British Columbia
  • The University of Queensland
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Florida
  • University of Maryland Medical System Foundation
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Toronto
  • The University of Vermont
  • University of Virginia
  • University School of Nashville
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Villanova University
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital