49% of nonprofits are operating without any knowledge of, or access to, a strategic plan.
Concord Leadership Group
27% of nonprofits report budgeting less than $1,000 a year to marketing or community relations.
42% of nonprofits do not have any formal mechanisms in place to measure performance
77% of nonprofits reported not having a leadership transition plan or a leadership-training program
One in four nonprofits say they don’t have a vision compelling enough to unify the board, staff, and donors and facilitate decision-making.
Studies show the ROI on executive coaching is more than 300%
70% of nonprofits reported not benchmarking against any other nonprofits in creating a strategic plan
Paul A. Dunne,
After a successful business career and inspired by the need to serve after the event of 9/11, Paul joined the nonprofit sector as a Senior Development Officer for the Denver Rescue Mission. He furthered his career serving as Executive Director of Development for the Inner City Health Center where he started the development department and quadrupled donations in a 3 year period before leading them in a $5.5M campaign for a new clinic. Mr. Dunne followed up this success by accepting a position with the North Hawaii Community Hospital and guided them through a tumultuous year and managed to cap off their $19M campaign by raising the final $6M.
As grassroots volunteers, Diana and her friends had great program ideas, but no one knew how to raise the money to pay for them. This lack of knowledge inspired her to learn more, after all, how hard could it be? Ultimately, she made the transition from television and radio production to the nonprofit sector. Her first position was Annual Fund Officer at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. Her innovative ideas of recruiting multi-lingual volunteers to call prospective parent donors successfully increased donations from parents of students by 50%. She has worked for large international organizations such as the Salvation Army and small environmental organizations.
Unraveling an organization’s philanthropic abilities is what truly excites Lori. What may appear to be a challenge from a development standpoint she sees as an opportunity. She is passionate about helping organizations secure funding for its cause and building energized development teams who go above and beyond to steward donors. With a master’s degree in strategic fundraising and philanthropy, and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management, Lori brings a rich understanding of fundraising from a national nonprofit level to a smaller local level. She applies her educational background with her real-world experience to provide a well-rounded approach to teams looking to accelerate their fundraising efforts.
Steve Melson joined thinkpadsolutions after serving in nonprofit leadership for more than thirty years. Most recently, he was Director of Advancement (U.S.) for Open Arms International, a faith-based organization serving orphaned and abandoned children in Kenya. He created a signature participation project to increase donor awareness and engagement through providing basic health and wellness items for 150 children living in an innovative family village.
Previously, he ministered as Associate Pastor for the 13,000-member main campus of Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. Within two years, he launched Set4School as the inaugural community service event for a new city campus, reaching 200 students and serving as catalyst for other campuses to develop school partnerships.
Operations & Junior CRM Consultant
With a heart for service, Evan has always looked for ways to give back to his community. Throughout his course work in college he spent time volunteering and gained valuable experience in grant-writing and development through various internships with Communities in Schools of North Texas, Downtown Fort Worth Inc., and Opening Doors Immigrations Services.
After graduating from the University of North Texas in 2010 with a degree custom built for non-profit management, he spent 5 years in the relocation industry learning logistically and management processes.
Jenny brings a creative eye to nonprofit marketing and administration. Her background in theatre and small business organization work together to help find original solutions for marketing, media, mail and management. Having worked with the performing arts has given her insight to raising support through donations and memberships. With a BFA in Theatre and over 10 years in business environments ranging from international marketing, corporate events, and theatre production, she has a commitment to serving the client and building relationships that work toward their specific goals.
Research & Analytics Consultant
Roni is an expert in Prospect Development and Management. Her passion is in assisting non-profit organizations increase fund-raising by identifying new prospects and under-giving donors, and assure the organization has an efficient prospect management process. She formerly served as Director of Research & Prospect Management at Texas Wesleyan University where she built the Research and Prospect Management system, which created a robust pipeline and more than tripled the annual total fundraising, and the timely completion of a capital campaign.
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John Gilchrist, FAHP, CFRE
John is a dynamic and accomplished philanthropy executive with proven success in leading fundraising initiatives of various sizes, resulting in transformational gifts. He has raised over $100 million for the organizations he has led. He executes a range of annual and long-term development strategies and is passionate about bringing committed and connected community leaders to the table. John is a collaborative leader with expertise in leading governing boards to implement strategic fundraising plans, capture the organization’s vision, and build community relations to deepen donor relationships. He cultivates and nurtures productive relationships with donors, boards, professional advisors and community leaders. His professional experience also encompasses healthcare administration, where he led marketing and community relations programs, physician recruitment and contracting, clinic and service line administration, and a physician hospital organization.
Karen K. Martin, MBA, CFRE
Karen applies a donor-focused, marketing philosophy as matchmaker to philanthropists and charities. Her niche is designing infrastructure advancing 501(c)(3)s—from start-up charter schools and social service agencies to higher education. Martin launched annual, major & planned gifts programs and improved fiscal controls as CEO. She met a $55 million campaign goal for Texas Woman’s University-T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas with unprecedented $1 million His & Hers nursing faculty chairs. A Myers-Briggs ‘Pedagogue’ (ENFJ), she has classroom, virtual and professional conference leadership, marketing, career development and CFRE faculty experience. Administrative acumen gained as Executive Director translates to nonprofit consulting. As Texas PTA Secretary, she was Chief Architect of its Bylaws revision/leadership model restructure adopted by 2012 Convention delegates. It became the Governance blueprint for 49 state PTA associations. Karen earned Public Relations and MBA degrees at Baylor University.
Non Profit Strategic Planning
Our focus centers on your current and future donors. Core principles and bold visions can inspire donors and assist you in understanding your donor motivations.
thinkpadsolutions facilitates strategic philanthropic development planning through the following offerings:
- Donor Assessments – how do your current donors view your nonprofit?
- Donor Surveys & Focus Groups – test your communication tactics, organizational priorities, and key messages.
- Board Development – board members are crucial to your success, but learn how best position your board – both individually and collectively – to assure ongoing viability.
- Building a Culture of Philanthropy – customized board and staff trainings and retreats, thinkpadsolutions strengthens your culture from the top-down and grassroots levels.
- Branding – reach your audience with an image that is not only visually appealing, but also helps you curate a design that uniquely represents your brand.
Donor Acquisition/Wealth Screening
Wealth screening is another tool to hone your development program prospects. thinkpadsolutions finds out how they got there and where they are heading – and how to position your nonprofit to be part of their philanthropic giving.
- Wealth screening research using DonorSearch©
- Prospect identification
- Detailed donor portfolios
- Donor acquisition
- Database diagnosis
We begin by reviewing your current communications in order to understand your existing brand. We then provide distinctive branding that sets you apart from the competition.
In keeping this basic axiom in mind that successful annual campaigns result in successful major, capital, and legacy campaigns, thinkpadsolutions incorporates the following components to achieve this objective.
- Major Gifts
- Direct Mail
- Grant Calendar and Grant Writing
- Phone Campaigns
- Giving Clubs
- Donor Retention
- Moves Management
The Advancing Philanthropy Program “The APP” is an exclusive service of thinkpadsolutions.
Features of The APP include:
- Addresses the special needs of philanthropically successful institutions with a history of strong performance.
- Embodies more than a traditional feasibility study interviews and assessment.
- Incorporates the components of case statement development, pre-campaign leadership selection and training, and early gift solicitation.
- Results in a flexible environment for a continuous and successful campaign.
- Fundraising Walks & Runs
- Golf Tournaments
- Concerts featuring nationally known artists
- Intimate Prospect Briefings
- Major Donor Destination Events
- Donor Retention Events
- Build meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with current and future donors. These special donors make gifts through their estates. (Bequests account for approximately $31 billion given to US charities – Giving USA, 2017).
- Create the infrastructure for those donors to make estate or legacy gifts. Planned Giving transcends generations and serves as an example of caring and love for mankind – the very definition of philanthropy.
- Develop relationships with professional advisors to enhance our clients’ visibility with this important constituency.
- Facilitate creation of gift acceptance and management policies to assure donors their wishes are fulfilled in the future.
- Create a program that motivates donors in gift planning to resolve challenges around wealth transfer to the next generation.
Communications & Marketing
Bryan is lead creative and principal at Peterson Ray & Company. His work has been recognized nationally for achievements in corporate and college communications, and has appeared regularly in leading design publications. His best-selling book, Design Basics for Creative Results, is a design textbook used by college campuses across the nation.
Scott is lead creative and principal at Peterson Ray & Company. He came to the company in 1986 and was named partner in 1994. He has served as lead creative for a number of Fortune 500 companies and universities, and his work has been recognized in design competitions and publications nationwide.
In addition to designing websites at Peterson Ray & Company, Carl also programs sites in HTML/CSS/JS and develops online campaigns across a variety of platforms, including HTML email. Because he has a good understanding of how backend web development is carried out, Carl is skilled at communicating with our web development partners, who take the designs and implement the backend programming. This helps to ensure that all of the goals and needs created in the design portion of each project are executed accurately and appropriately.
Delta Dallas is a staffing agency that provides talent acquisition and management solutions to the DFW area by connecting top talent to an organization’s Direct Hire, Temporary to Hire, and Temporary needs within the Administrative, Accounting/Finance, and Human Resources fields.
Their tenured Talent Acquisition Consultants have an unparalleled understanding of the Dallas market and have built a network of driven and experienced individuals in their 35 years of business that guarantees impeccability in their matching abilities.
Delta Dallas invests in forming lasting relationships and strategizes to provide long-term solutions that contribute prosperously to both the client and candidate.
Sheila is the Vice President of Delta Dallas. With over two decades of experience in the Staffing Industry, her ability to connect well-suited prospects to clients is uncanny and proves her competency to actively listen, articulate and respond to the needs of the people she supports. She has been recognized as Top Sales Producer multiple times in her career and has been awarded the President’s Award. You may connect with Sheila at firstname.lastname@example.org or her direct line at 972-546-3610.
Christina is a vital asset to Delta Dallas’ Business Development and Sales team. Her professional experience in Financial Services, Human Resources, Real Estate, Banking and Advertising Sales integrated set her up for considerable success in the Staffing Industry. She has been recognized as Manager of the Year as well as Top Producer and Top Referral Specialist throughout her career. You may connect with Christina at email@example.com or her direct line at 972-546-3616.
Board/Staff Recruitment & Training
- Staff Retreats
- Staff Assessments
- Board Retreats
- Board Assessments
- Board Meeting Preparation
Executive Coaching & Training
Nonprofit organizations are discovering what corporate executives have known for some time – coaching improves productivity and results far beyond the investment. New nonprofit leaders utilize coaching to turn their talents and passion into authentic leadership with lasting positive impact on their respective organizations.
A coach is a business partner and advocate – serving as mentor, teacher, and confidante whose sole purpose is enhancing your leadership and fundraising capabilities. At the conclusion of this coaching engagement, the result is a more confident, capable, and productive leader.
thinkpadsolutions hones the nonprofit leader’s skills and abilities to discover new alternatives and opportunities through intense focus.
“The most fun I’ve ever had learning”
“I was able to implement his suggestions immediately and saw instant results”
These are just some of the quotes that attendees wrote after hearing one of our presentations. Whatever your specific needs might be, let thinkpadsolutions tailor a presentation to exceed your expectations. Some of the most recent presentations are:
- Staff Retreats & Training
- Board Retreats & Training
- Development Meetings
- Organizational Meetings
- University departmental fundraising meetings
- Nonprofit & Development Conferences
To confirm a thinkpadsolutions speaker for your event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org