Our Services

Many people think of fundraising as ‘asking for money.’ We help you connect donors to your mission so that they are invested in your success.

We provide a combination of consulting services to help you learn and grow, as well as direct services to augment your internal capacity.


Consulting

"Kennari" is Icelandic for "teacher." You'll be successful working with us...not because we do the work for you, but because you will be empowered to do it yourself. We can teach your staff, board members, and volunteers to be proficient ambassadors who engage donors in your mission.

ANNUAL GIVING

Annual fundraising is fundamental. Raising more money with your annual fund means you can impact more people and impact them more profoundly. Success here involves more than just building a bigger mailing list, or hosting just the right event. You’ll raise more money when you build quality relationships with donors who care about your mission.

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CAPITAL AND COMPREHENSIVE CAMPAIGNS

A campaign advances your mission in some specific way, often through a capital project or a comprehensive strategic growth effort. Too many organizations adopt a “If we build it, they will come” approach to campaigns. Your campaign will only succeed if the community understands and embraces the impact of your project.

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ENDOWMENT BUILDING

Endowments can have a significant impact on your organization’s sustainability, because they provide a steady stream of revenue. Endowment income helps you fill operating fund gaps, and can also provide income to cover unplanned expenses. Twenty-five years ago, endowment was considered to be the hardest part of fundraising. That changed when the “greatest generation” started transferring their wealth in 1998. This transfer is expected to last until 2052. These donors care about preserving institutions and creating a legacy. Thus endowment building is a strategically significant part of today’s fundraising landscape. There are many ways to build your endowment fund, including campaigns, planned giving, and directed annual fund gifts.

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Direct Services

It’s hard for a nonprofit organization to have “bench strength.” You can count on us when you need extra capacity or specific knowledge in these essential areas.
BOARD DEVELOPMENT

The Board of Directors is the strongest asset your organization has to propel you toward meeting your mission. A healthy Board is made up of people who represent your community and constituents, as well as bring a wide variety of skill sets and networks that enable them to govern your organization effectively. Staff must ensure their Boards have the tools they need to succeed such as information (both financial and organizational), training, education opportunities, evaluation tools, and more. Your organization will advance most effectively when infrastructure is in place for a successful board/staff partnership.

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DATABASE EVALUATION, CONVERSION, AND TRAINING

Your donor database is one of the most essential tools in your fundraising toolkit. When you have an accurate database and know how to mine it for information, you can make informed decisions about marketing to donors.

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GRANT WRITING

Grants can be a significant source of revenue for your organization. However, they require a lot of work and specialized expertise, both on the front end as well as after the fact.

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PROJECT AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Organizations must continually consider how their programming and capital resources are aligned to their mission and to the people they serve. As organizations consider new, expanded, or restructured programs, or new capital projects, it is critical that these projects/programs respond to defined community needs and are structured to best serve the target audience, who should have a voice in the development process. Finally, careful and thoughtful planning is required for these projects/programs to remain financially sustainable. The process for project and program development requires expertise in human-centered design, budgeting, research, and planning to be successful in regard to fundraising and implementation.

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"Kennari Consulting was extremely helpful to us when we established the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. We were able to get “up and running” in very little time with new donor software implementation, a successful first-time annual appeal, a comprehensive feasibility study, and a successful capital campaign. Their insight has been invaluable."

Darrow Goodspeed
Donor Relations Director
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation

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