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Four Foolproof Steps to Identify New Campaign Prospects

Running a campaign for any organization is a challenge, but the task can be especially daunting for organizations which have a limited pool of major gift prospects. Many organizations wonder how to successfully run a campaign without losing ground in other areas, such as annual funds and regular operations and services. What may be surprising Read More…

You Hired a Major Gift Officer, Now What?

You hired a new Major Gift Officer with the goals of building and expanding your prospect portfolio and increasing your fundraising totals. Given the average tenure of a Major Gift Officer is 16 months, it is important to cultivate and retain talent. Creating the right onboarding program will set the stage for a long-term, healthy Read More…

Hear From Averill’s President, Robert C. Happy, Jr. on The Business of Giving

How will the election year and an uncertain economy affect charitable giving in 2016? Is tried and true major gift fundraising being replaced by other methods? Averill Fundraising Solutions President, Robert C. Happy, Jr. joined Denver Frederick on The Business of Giving to answer these questions and more on Sunday, March 27, 2016. Fellow guests Read More…

Five Questions to Consider When Choosing Your Not-For-Profit’s Database/CRM Software

It is no secret that fundraising success requires accurate donor and prospect information to guide cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies. To increase effectiveness, development teams require the complete picture of the donor or prospect including giving history, volunteer participation, event attendance and wealth screening at their fingertips.  Each of these pieces allows the solicitor to Read More…

Averill Launches 2016 Summer Internship Program

Averill is seeking energetic, career-oriented individuals to participate in a 10-week internship program this summer 2016! Internship Description Averill will select two individuals to support our efforts in leading and directing sophisticated fundraising campaigns, feasibility studies and development audits for our high-level clients.  For a period of 10 weeks commencing in June 2016, the Averill Read More…

Five Steps for a Bolder Approach to Scheduling Major Gift Meetings

Converting your annual fund donor or occasional special event attendee to a full-fledged major gift prospect is central to any organization’s fundraising success. This action alone can make or break a campaign or annual fundraising goal – and it all begins with securing a meeting. Recognizing this, it’s perplexing that so many not-for-profits are passive Read More…

Four Ways You Can Leverage Prospect Research During Your Next Capital Campaign

Guest Post by Ryan Woroniecki, DonorSearch Ryan Woroniecki is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at DonorSearch, a prospect research, screening, and analytics company that focuses on proven philanthropy. He has worked with hundreds of nonprofits and is a member of APRA-MD. When he isn’t working, he is an avid kickball player. It’s a new year and that means new fundraising Read More…

Special Announcement from Robert C. Happy, Jr., President of Averill Fundraising Solutions

On behalf of everyone at Averill Fundraising Solutions, I am pleased to announce that Susan Lienau has been named Assistant Vice President for Philanthropic Operations. Susan joined Averill in 2012 as the Director of Operations. In this role working with the Principals of the firm, she built the foundation and infrastructure required to support the Read More…

Susan A. Lienau

Planning Your Next Event: Don’t Spend More to Make More

Special events get a bad reputation:  too labor intensive, too expensive, not enough return on investment, declining attendance.  Has this been part of your discussion regarding special events?  Your organization is smart to weigh all of these factors before plunging forward into something of significant magnitude.  And yet, events – done well – can also Read More…