AJR Communications
Fundraising Development for Nonprofits

Fundraising isn't easy. But organizations can improve their success rate by ensuring that marketing, communications and development staff function as a cohesive team and present a consistent image of the organization.

My fundraising experience includes:

  • Creation and implemention of a "development" department for The Elie Wiesel Foundation, complete with donor acknowledgement policies; writing annual appeal letter resulting in  $500,000--an increase of 188% over previous annual appeal; development of online giving (through renovated website); prospect research; implementation of eTapestry donor relationship mangement sotfware; and writing of foundation and corporate letters of inquiry and grant and sponsorship proposals

  • Management of 2004 NASDAQ National Teaching Awards table sales for the National Council for Economic Education (NCEE), resulting in a 70% increase in net profit from table sales

  • Writing and editing honorary award proposals, annual appeal letters and direct mail inserts for Beginning with Children Foundation and charter schools

  • Development of regional corporate sponsorship proposals for NCEE Goldman Sachs National Economics Challenge

  • Prospect research and writing of letters of inquiry and grant proposals for Areyvut

  • Creation of Reach for the Stars Wine Tasting and Charity Auction for A Better Chance

  • Background research and writing for letter of inquiry for ultra-competitive Jewish Women's Foundation annual RFP, resulting in $25,000 grant for New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), creation of annual grants calendar and writing of more than $500,000 in grant reports, proposals and renewals

  • Partnership development through Lasagna with Love and Pizza with Pizzaz for Columbia/Boone County Community Partnership
Coming Soon:

Grant proposal and annual appeal letter, Education foundation

Stay tuned for a sample grant proposal and annual appeal letter for an award-winning educational nonprofit.




Sample project: Grant proposal for after-school center

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Sample project: Letter of inquiry for social services provider

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Alexandrea J. Ravenelle -- Marketing & Communications
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