Regardless of whether your foundation is sophisticated or a start-up, it helps to have experienced outsiders take a look under your organization’s hood.  Association foundations often engage us to conduct a capacity study, involving interviews with leadership and other existing and potential donors, an electronic wealth screening of the member database, a development program evaluation and communications audit.  Such a study can dial in recommendations for improvement, a path for implementation, a prioritization of funding opportunities, suggestions on integrating foundation and association communications, and a welcome evaluation of the financial return that can be expected from an enterprising commitment to robust development program.

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