We began the Rolfson Group because it is fun, productive, and satisfying to help people do good things for others. Our structure, philosophy, and approach are designed to make a substantive difference in the fundraising success of those with whom we partner. We keep our clients’ interests front and center at all times and are approachable, responsive, fair, flexible, practical, reliable, and efficient. Most importantly, we get results.
The Group includes ten senior consultants—each a decades-long expert in one or more fundraising discipline. This permits us to offer several levels of depth beyond what generalists may know on any specific topic. Our shared values and experience have helped arts and cultural organizations, small colleges, large universities, national and international secondary schools, and social service agencies enhance their fundraising programs and fulfill their visions.
We are teachers as much as fundraisers. We strive to build internal capacity and fundraising expertise when consulting, which maximizes our clients’ fundraising investments. While we maintain long-term relationships with our clients, our definition of success is when we no longer are needed for a specific purpose.
We make a point of learning and then respecting individual client missions and cultures, and we customize our engagements accordingly. We really listen–from the problems and issues you first identify, to your reactions to the solutions we propose. We are diligent in setting realistic goals and expectations, then delivering upon our promises. Once your mission, vision, opportunities, and challenges are internalized by Group members, the ultimate destination and what it will take to get there become clear to all.
Effective fundraising goes far beyond asking for money. It is a process, not an event, and ensuring a substantial return on your fundraising investment requires knowing and deploying best philanthropic practices. The Rolfson Group process stresses partnership, authenticity, candor, hard work, and the collaboration needed to deliver results. When working with us, your returns will be amplified to the degree that fundraising goals are derived from strategic vision, and staff and volunteer leadership assume responsibility for success.