Corporate partnerships can be a very impactful part of your fundraising plan –
If you get it right. We’re here to make sure you do.
Through strategy, support, training and tools, we help non-profit organizations raise funds through corporate partnerships, sponsorship and fundraising. Our approach is relationship-based and uniquely focused on establishing and nurturing mutually beneficial partnerships for the long-term through the steps outlined below.
The BridgeRaise Approach to Corporate Fundraising
Assess & Strategize
We start by getting clear on your starting point and goals – and then craft a custom plan to achieve them.
We get to work building out your prospect list and creating materials like frameworks, tools and decks.
Through coaching, consulting and on occasion targeted implementation, we guide and support you as you move your plan into action.
How Can We Support You
We are proud to support large/established organizations ready to reach the next level of corporate fundraising success as well as smaller/newer not-for-profits that are ready to dedicate time and resources to corporate fundraising for the first time. (We also offer a selection of resources and tools for complete beginners and those seeking information about a specific area of corporate fundraising, which you will find here.)
How we can best support your organization depends on your goals and starting point as outlined below.
For larger/established organizations that have in-house corporate fundraising resources and at least one significant corporate partner, we will assess your needs, and begin where it makes sense for your organization, whether that be strategy development, pipeline building support (or somewhere in between).
Implementation Strategy & Support
For smaller/newer not-for-profits looking to build a corporate fundraising program from scratch, we offer a comprehensive six-month program that covers all three steps in our proven process.
A-to-Z Support For Organizations establishing Corporate fundraising
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“BridgeRaise’s savvy and focused approach to corporate fundraising has been integral to keeping our team on-track, deepening and expanding partner relationships. Implementing her innovative strategies has made a big difference as demonstrated by our increased – and increasing – results.”
The Learning Partnership
“I am a solopreneur with a big vision non-profit – finances were tight but I knew I needed to get corporate sponsorship in order to grow. Heather and her team quickly understood my unique business, helped build strategy, compile resources and coached me through the entire process. They took something so large and overwhelming and made it so easy. Thank you!”
“If you’re looking to create better partnerships, then consider connecting with BridgeRaise. Heather is a very well-versed expert in corporate giving and fundraising. She is continuously sharing great guidance and expertise on building mutually beneficial relationships between charities and companies looking to do good.”
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“Heather has helped build Food Banks Canada’s corporate partnership program into a credible, well-respected space that continues to drive interest from new partners and provides stability to the critical work that the organization champions nationally.”
Food Banks Canada
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I need corporate fundraising expertise on a panel or private workshop – can you help?
A: Absolutely. Heather is a seasoned speaker who is available on a daily rate for these types of engagements. If you’re interested in hiring her as a panelist, workshop lead (or other speaking capacity), please click here to schedule a complimentary consultation.
Q: Do you specialize in certain types of non-profits?
A: We primarily work with charities and occasionally with other non-profit organizations. Beyond that we have experience working with a wide variety of organizations from healthcare to education to social justice and welcome inquiries from all types of charities.
Q: Can you do outreach on behalf of my organization?
A: It depends. Our primary work focuses on laying the groundwork and strategy, writing the emails, creating the proposals and coaching you along as you do awesome partnership building. The primary reason for this is conflict of interest, as we work with a number of non-profits. However, we take on a small number of non-profits a year with a fractional corporate partnership support model. With this model a member of the BridgeRaise team takes a greater role with outreach.
Q. Do you do prospect research?
A: We do!! But only for corporations, because that is our expertise. If what is holding you back is not having a clear sense of alignment for a list of companies, or your list of companies is too short, we’d be happy to fix that. For more information, email us to discuss a proposal.
Q: What is the investment to work with you?
A: That will vary depending on your starting point and goals. Moving through all three phases of our approach (above) takes approximately six months for a total cost of $15,000+. This investment pays for itself several times over virtually every time – but if you’re not there just yet, we’ve got some affordable resources and tools that can be a great place to start.
And, when you’re ready to talk about the results we can produce together for your organization, we’d be delighted to chat.
Q: Will I work directly with Heather?
A: Though Heather is actively involved in every project, most clients will work most closely with one of our consultants, all of whom are total pros and excellent at what they do. And if you need Heather, she’s there!
Q: Can you handle outreach on our behalf?
A: We cannot contact companies on clients’ behalf. It would be in conflict with our focus on relationship-based fundraising and helping you build long-term success. Instead, we do the heavy lifting behind the scenes and arm you with the knowledge, skills and tools you need to be a successful corporate fundraiser now and in the future.
Q: I need help but I am not yet in a position to hire you. What are my options?
A: We completely understand and have you covered with several low-cost and free resources designed to get you started and/or fill in the corporate fundraising ‘knowledge gaps’ for your organization.