Plan. Build. Sustain.
We collaborate with nonprofit organizations to build revenue streams, create sustainable funding and increase organizational capacity to achieve ongoing positive net income – allowing you to better focus on your mission.
About Joanne Oppelt
Our founder and principal, Joanne Oppelt, is a seasoned rainmaker with a distinguished track record of success. During her 25+ years working in the nonprofit arena she has built or rebuilt successful fundraising departments at every stop, helping her organizations grow capacity & more effectively fulfill their missions.
The foundation of Successful Fundraising
Plan. Build. Sustain.
In today’s environment of increasing demands for services with unsteady or diminishing revenue sources, creating successful and sustainable fundraising relies on a strategic and repeatable process…
Helping you to achieve a sustainable revenue stream begins with assessment of your current processes and creation of a fundraising plan tailored to your agency’s capacity and budget.
We then help you rebuild your fundraising department, including data mining for prospective donors, creation of templates for email/print marketing vehicles and software recommendations.
Finally, we teach you how to sustain your newfound success, including through grant writing, budget creation and templates, corporate sponsorships and annual appeals.
Work with the woman who wrote the book(s) on nonprofit funding.
Succeed in Your Nonprofit Funding Partnerships:
Analyzing Their Costs and Benefits
Moving Up to Executive Director:
Lessons Learned from My First 365 Days
Confessions of a Successful Grants Writer:
A Complete Guide to Discovering and Obtaining Funding
Power Your Organization’s Fundraising:
How the Partnership Paradigm Will change Everything
Recent insights from
The Oppelt Blog
Why It Pays to Have Gift Acceptance Policies: True Life Stories—the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
One development officer found himself working in a newly established development office. The organization had no office, no furniture and no equipment....Read More
The Never Ending Discussion Between Development and Accounting; Counting versus Accounting
Scene One Development Director, “I just got this huge pledge! Closing in on my budget, maybe I’ll get a bonus. Put it in my donor data base already....Read More
What others are saying
Joanne is a turnaround expert. Through thoughtful decision making and planning, she turned Caring Contact from a struggling non-profit, always concerned about making payroll, to a thriving organization with a strong foundation, excellent programs, and a growing development effort. We are no longer focused on keeping the doors open; instead we can look ahead to a future of growth and increased impact.
In our collegial interactions over the years, Joanne has always been a consummate professional, very responsive, quick to contribute from her extensive knowledge and experience, yet maintaining a pragmatic grasp on reality. Grounded in integrity, she is driven by a sincere desire to make a difference from the very basic and individual level to the grand scheme of the goal in mind. Not only extremely competent, reliable and honest, Joanne is caring, friendly and fun loving in the process, so she brings out the humanity in all of us.
I have worked with Joanne for more than 10 years. She has a unique ability to mesh communications with customized messaging that draws both interest and support, thereby strengthening the financial position of the organizations she has worked for. Understanding one’s audience is essential to successful communications and Joanne has a firm grasp of what works with those she targets.