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Keystone Fundraising Solutions is a local, cost-effective consulting firm dedicated to training, developing strategy and supporting Pennsylvania's nonprofits in the art and science of relationship building, successful development programs and targeted fundraising plans.
"Help Me to Help You" Conversation

Many organizations are hesitant to have an initial conversation with professional counsel because they are afraid of receiving an invoice without receiving any benefit.  KFS can assure nonprofits that they will not receive an invoice for "Help Me to help You" meetings. These one-two hour conversations are critical for both the nonprofit and professional fundraising counsel to ensure a clear understanding of the organization's goals
and objectives.  Pro Bono Services.
Hourly "Helping Hands" Services

Not every executive director can afford to have a full-time fundraising professional on staff.  KFS can help fill that void.  From grant writing to processing annual fund up donor-database or managing a special event, your nonprofit can enjoy the benefits
of having a certified fundraising professional, grant writer or development assistant as a part of your team on a contract basis.  
Hourly rate is $25 or less for 501c3 organizations.
It's Your Time to Grow!'s your time to grow!
keystone fundraising solutions, llc ®      p.o. box 1272     indiana, pa 15701     724.541.5828

NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING 101: Conducting a Successful Fundraising Campaign
What goes into a successful fundraising program? Discover how your organization can create a solid program with minimal staff resources. Learn about the importance of donor database segmentation, the annual fund, campaigns, planned giving and special events.

Serving as a board member for a nonprofit organization is an honor and a privilege, but it also comes with a great deal
of responsibility.  In this workshop, we will discuss articles of incorporation, bylaws, term limits, policies and procedures, roles and responsibilities, conflicts of interest and IRS Form 990.

FUNDRAISING FROM THE GROUND UP: Building a Successful Annual Fund
How often do you receive a direct mail solicitation from your favorite nonprofit?  As donors demand to see good
business practices from their charities, organizations can no longer afford to ignore efficiency and cost effectiveness
in their operations. Find out how to strengthen the cornerstone of your giving program, from basic design, to writing the letter, to acknowledging the donor. 

This is your chance to customize a workshop as unique as you are. "Mix and match" two hours of development and fundraising topics specific to your organization's needs like special events, bulk mailing, strategic planning, capital campaigns, etc.
In-House Workshops

Let Keystone Fundraising Solutions come to you!  KFS is available for in-house workshops for your board of directors, staff or volunteers.  Sessions can be paired with a monthly board meeting or weekly committee meeting, over the lunch hour, as a part of
a new board member orientation, or new volunteer training program.  Each in-house workshop is $100 per two-hour session; 
wild card workshops are $150 per two-hour session.
Training - KFS educates volunteers and staff about the keystones of fundraising and development
Strategy - KFS assists with developing a strategy to ensure your nonprofit is self-sustaining
Support - KFS understands the constraints of a nonprofit's budget, that's why our "Helping Hand" rates are less than $25/hr.
Direct Mail Processing

Most administrative staff don't have time to print, assemble and seal hundreds of pieces of mail, whether it be a solicitation, newsletter or event invitation.  KFS can help you get your mailing out the door efficiently and cost-effectively.

Examples of Direct Mail Processing include:
  • Annual Fund Appeal (letter, response card, response envelope, external envelope)
  • Sponsorship Solicitation (self-mailer, tabbed according to USPS standards)
  • Newsletter Mailing (self-mailer or flat envelope, tabbed or sealed)

Processing rates differ for nonprofit charities/organizations (501c3, 501c4, 501c6, etc.)
  • Fundraising/Development Plans
  • Interim Executive Director Services
  • Assistance with executive candidate searches
  • Grant Writing and Research
  • Special Event Management/Support
  • Strategic Planning Process (Organizational Self-Assessment)
  • Capital Campaign/Campaign Planning Study Direction
  • Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO)
         Standards for Excellence guidance/assistance for accreditation
Strategic Planning Process (Organizational Self-Assessment)

KFS uses a strategic planning model which demonstrates Peter F. Drucker’s management principles and the application to your organization. Throughout facilitated dialogue, we will explore Peter Drucker’s five most important questions as found in his book, The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization.

1. What is Our Mission?    2. Who is Our Customer?  3. What Does the Customer Value?   4. What are Our Results?  5. What is Our Plan?

Major findings and recommendations generated during the dialogue session will be used by your board and management to revisit the mission, 
set goals and develop the plan. The quality of organizational self-assessment depends on the participation of key stakeholders.
Self-Assessment Dialog Sessions are $200 for a four hour workshop (which includes the exploration of questions 1, 2 and 3).
Grant Research and Writing Services

KFS can perform a targeted search on the Foundation Directory Database at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh with specific criteria to see what foundations/corporations will support your program. This database “retails” in membership at approximately $200/month. The CLP offers it for free for members (with training, which our staff has already taken).

For a minimal cost of $200, KFS will provide a detailed report with 10-20 foundations specific to your program as well as a general letter of intent that can be modified and sent by snail mail or email. Your staff/volunteers could then apply for funding at your convenience, or our staff could provide grant-writing services for an additional $25/hour.

  • Research – perform a targeted search on the Foundation Directory Database for potential funders based on specific criteria;
  • Report – provide a detailed report with 10-20 foundations specific to the targeted program;
  • Write – a general letter of intent that can be used as a template for those funders who initially prefer to a brief synopsis of the program;
  • Grant Writing Services – hourly service based on funding opportunities selected by organization.