Fund Development

The cultivation of donors in a mission-focused environment requires specialized expertise. Success in building long-lasting relationships with the type of supporters who are motivated by faith, spirituality, and deeply-held beliefs involves keen insights into donor needs and desires.

The unique connection a donor has with a religious community, ministry, church/parish, or other organization with a call to mission can span a lifetime. Expectations for involvement with the ministry can extend well beyond financial support, and the zeal is often shared with family, friends, and others. Effective fund development strategies that take these dynamics into account can mean the difference between fundraising results that exceed expectations and those that fail to meet the funding needs of the organization.

Providing specialized consulting services to mission-driven organizations has been the primary focus of Zielinski Companies since 1957.

We take a consultative, education-based approach to helping organizations and religious communities optimize their mission advancement efforts. We can assist you on a project basis or through ongoing, hands-on support to help expand and enhance your fund development program. Our consultants are experienced in assessing development office operations and strategies, developing annual plans and master calendars, writing case for support statements, planning and implementing major gifts and planned giving strategies, conducting feasibility studies, planning campaigns, and integrating marketing and communications with fundraising to support organizational objectives and expand fundraising capacity.

Zielinski Companies’ CFRE-certified development professionals are featured speakers at national conventions and workshops, and are frequent contributors to fundraising publications such as NCDC Dimensions, ALDE Wisdom Wednesdays, The Major Gifts Report, and Successful Fund Raising. Widely recognized for our expertise in fundraising strategies, our firm was honored to be the consulting agency for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill’s major donor campaign that won the 2006 NCDC Lumen Award for Best in Show.