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Fund development

Thurlow/Associates provides a comprehensive range of fund development services, designed to help nonprofit organizations maximize available resources and ensure future sustainability. Providing expertise along a spectrum — from strategy to implementation to assessment — we help clients identify challenges and opportunities, establish clear and measurable goals, and carry out the work needed to achieve success.

Throughout, our clients have access to Thurlow/Associates' innovative, trademarked tools and processes — developed based on our collective knowledge and expertise in the field.

Fund development planning

Through feasibility studies, fund development auditing and planning, we help clients develop robust development strategies, based on best practices in the field, and focused on diversity and sustainability.

Annual Funding Forecasting™

Utilizing various trademarked tools and processes, including our Functional Budgeting for Fundraising™ and Aspirational Budgeting™, we help clients extrapolate from past performance to plan for a sustainable future and to deploy resources more effectively.

Strategic Stewardship™

Using carefully selected donor-characteristic criteria, we help clients prioritize efforts for maximum impact, as they implement and grow their individual/major gifts programs.

Institutional donor engagement

From research, crafting the case for support and grant writing, to outreach, tracking, and dashboarding, we assist clients in all aspects of the institutional fundraising process. Our Institutional Relationship Management™ Engine is an important tool in managing institutional relations.

Individual donor engagement

Leveraging our significant expertise — and utilizing our Individual Donor Engagement Engine™ — we provide hands-on assistance for clients in many aspects of individual/major gifts fundraising. Areas of specialty include donor prospecting, proposal preparation, tracking, dashboarding, and stewardship.

Campaign management

Our team brings extensive experience to all stages of capital and other special campaigns, including but not limited to planning, feasibility study, pre-campaign, prospect identification, campaign outreach, donor recognition, campaign communications and wrap-up activities, as well as campaign exit strategy.


The Thurlow/Associates
team has helped us
achieve our funding goals.
Their ongoing support —
from vital board development
to the identification
of new funding prospects —
has strengthened
our funding relationships
and outcomes.

Ericka Waidley
Executive Director
Access O. C.