Using Fundraising Consultants What do fundraising consultants do? There are fundraising consultants who can help with virtually any aspect of Development Office work, from hiring the best staff, to advising on creating an Annual Fund or major campaign.  How do I choose which consultants to use? Fundraising consultants will be keen to win your business so take time not just to research their websites, but meet them, too.  Here’s a few things to keep in mind: 1. Area of expertise - make sure you’re hiring consultants who have a genuine track record in the area in which they are offering help. 2. Personal chemistry - if the piece of work involves working with consultants closely (e.g. to run a telethon), make sure you can develop a good rapport with the consultants who will be helping you - it’ll be pretty tough if you don’t feel they understand you and your goals. 3. Recommendation - You may also like to go by recommendation - simply check out the clients listed on a consultant’s website and get in touch to ask what their experience was like. How do I find consultants? Simply Google the specific service you are looking for and see what comes up.  Below are listed a small selection who may be able to provide help and expertise for your development office: Action Planning Andrew de Mille Fundraising Consultants Blackbaud Buffalo Fundraising Consultants Ltd Craigmyle and Company Ltd More Fundraising Consultants Rux Burton Associates Wooton George Consulting FIND DEVELOPMENT JOBS!   Whether you’re looking to start a career in development or are already an experienced practitioner, you can find vacancies today! FURTHER RESOURCES ON FUNDRAISING AND ALUMNI RELATIONS   We’ve listed some of the best books and resources available to help you become an outstanding development professional. See recommended Development reading © Orier Digital Limited 2012