NJ LEEP has developed strong relationships with several foundations, as well as with many corporate partners. However, in order to take their organization to the next level and offer college bound access to more urban high school students, it is clear that NJ LEEP has to develop funding relationships with high net worth individuals, and to gain access to professionals in the New York metropolitan area in the areas of hedge fund management and finance. Craig needs an outsider’s eyes and expertise to help him successfully meet these goals.
“I have a background in public policy and K-12 education so the educational piece that NJ LEEP works on was interesting. I was also in development so I thought I could combine two things that I enjoy doing at the same time.”
With Kristin’s advisement, NJ LEEP secured their first six figure gift!
“The project has allowed us to increase our individual giving this year by $300,000. We have been able to secure our first six figure gift, and we were able to build a successful strategy using that major gift as stimulus. We were also able to develop a coherent year long-giving strategy that tied into our Gala, and thus $150,000 of the individual giving increase was given as Gala pledges.”
“It was invaluable to obtain guidance in major gift procurement from a development professional at Duke University who has cultivated relationships leading to many major gifts. Kristin was available, supportive, and knowledgeable. She shared major gift proposals with NJ LEEP that served as templates for successful major gift proposals we used this year. Kristin was also a wonderful thought partner, and really encouraged us to not think of donors in isolation, but instead to think of donors as part of a system of giving. Kristin was a major asset in NJ LEEP's development success in 2013-14.”
“For me personally, its great to see that some of the theories that we work with in development really work. It solidifies why I love development because its all about relationships and understanding people! It is great knowing that NJ LEEP is financially in a better place as a result of that gift and the board members can see how big of an impact they can have.”
Kristin’s 40 hour project saved NJ LEEP $6,000.