Dickerson, Bakker & Associates is a wholly-owned division of Keystone Consulting Services LLC.
At Keystone Consulting we partner with non-profit organizations to help them build capacities in two critical areas: gaining the tools, skills, and experience to maximize fundraising effectiveness, and finding and recruiting great people to lead the organization forward. Taken together, these are the keystones for success of any great non-profit organization.
The Keystone Consulting Group includes three inter-connected business divisions each with their own distinct area of specialization: Dickerson, Bakker & Associates Fund Development Consulting, Keystone Executive Search & Recruitment, and Abound Special Event Fundraising.
Dickerson, Bakker & Associates is a wholly-owned division of Keystone Consulting Services LLC that was formed through the merger of Keystone Consulting with Dickerson and Associates Inc. in 2012.
Dickerson-Bakker concentrates largely on these key areas of service:
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN SERVICES
Our team of consultants has extensive experience in guiding nonprofit organizations through successful capital campaigns. Few activities have the potential impact of a capital campaign in helping an organization take a substantial leap forward in the fulfillment of its mission. Our team members have led hundreds of capital campaigns, and it is unlikely there is a capital campaign issue that we have not faced and overcome. We manage campaigns at any stage, including conducting Pre-Campaign/Feasibility Studies, launching new capital campaigns, managing critical phases of your capital campaign, or turning around a stalled capital campaign. We have conducted capital campaigns for a wide variety of non-profit organizations, including Christian and independent schools, Christian and private colleges, camps, churches, and para-church mission organizations.
MAJOR GIFT SERVICES
At the heart of every successful nonprofit organization there is a dedicated core group of supporters and volunteers who donate time, talent, and treasure to the organization, helping to maintain its operations and providing critical resources to expand. Growing and developing this "circle of friends" is the core task of your Major Gifts program and team. Our signature program, the Keystone Major Gifts Solution™, is a comprehensive package of customizable services designed to help your organization develop all of the key components (i.e. the Five Keystones™) needed to build a sustainable and effective major gifts development program. We can also help teach your team how to ask for major gifts, and may also partner with you in soliciting major gifts to help you meet your fundraising goals.
ANNUAL GIVING PROGRAMS
A well-functioning Annual Giving program is the bedrock of a successful advancement program. Our team of consultants will help craft a creative, compelling way to tell your story and engage your donors that distinguishes you from the many other organizations soliciting these same prospective donors. We provide a Development Assessment to help identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities within your Annual Fund. We also provide counsel and assistance in implementing recommendations from the assessment, and to help navigate challenges that inevitably arise along the way. Our goal is to help you create a foundation for long-term success with engaged, loyal, and enthusiastic donors, volunteers and staff, providing funds to assist with the daily operations and projects or problems that arise unforeseen throughout the year.
GRANT-WRITING & DEVELOPMENT
In the highly competitive arena of Grant-writing & Grant Development, it is critically important for your non-profit to have an effective program to get the attention of funders and convince them that your project is worthy of their support. Having premiere access to comprehensive Foundation search tools with detailed information on nearly 100,000 U.S. foundations and corporate donors and over 500,000 key decision makers, our consultants can help you uncover new prospective funders and will help you in writing grants for your organization. In many cases our staff may be on a first-name basis with staff at the foundation you are approaching and we can help you plan and implement a strategic approach that will significantly increase your success in your Grant-writing & Grant Development efforts.
EXECUTIVE SEARCH SERVICES
When it comes to assuring success in organizational leadership, nothing is more important than selecting the best person for a job. To put it another way, people are the keystone to success. Our team of consultants are experts in Executive Search and Recruitment for non-profits, and will work side by side with you to make sure you have the right people serving in the right roles on your team. Whether you need to hire a new CEO, Executive Director, Development Director, Vice President, or Director, we have successfully helped many organizations recruit the most experienced, accomplished and personable professionals to fill these key roles and will make sure you see candidates with the proven ability, experience and integrity to lead your organization forward.
SPECIAL EVENT FUNDRAISING
Nonprofit leaders have a love-hate relationship with special event fundraising. Special event fundraising can be a great way to raise money, recruit new donors, and build awareness for your cause, but often becomes a "black hole" sucking away time, attention and money from other priorities. Our Abound Special Event Fundraising program is designed to help your organization maximize your special event fundraising outcomes while minimizing inputs of time, energy, and expense. Many of our clients set their all-time fundraising record on their first Abound event. We provide you with the highest quality training, materials, support, and web presence in the fundraising industry, equipping and empowering your volunteers with a turnkey program refined by 1,800 charity fundraising events that has raised millions for organizations just like yours.