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WE PROVIDE
Assistance in three key areas
FD

Fund Development

TM

Talent Management

SC

Strategy Consulting

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Our Mission

We help each client gain the experience and resources necessary to fuel their growth, build sustainability, and achieve a greater impact.
How can we help your organization reach your goals?

  • Fundraising Solutions
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Executive Search
  • Grant Services
  • Strategic Planning
  • Coaching & Training
DickersonBakker
Advancing Nonprofits

Thousands of clients served

We work with a wide variety of nonprofits: faith-based and secular, small and large. We work across a wide spectrum, from those seeking to meet individual needs in their local communities to those hoping to make a global impact for eternity.

Nearly four decades of service

Founded in 1985, DickersonBakker has an unbroken track record of providing professional consulting services to nonprofit clients for nearly forty years.

Billions of dollars raised

We have helped hundreds of organizations raise billions of dollars through capital campaigns and other fund development consulting programs.

Local impact... with a global reach

With corporate offices in both North Carolina and Texas and consulting team offices spread across the country, we partner with groups throughout the United States as well as in Canada and overseas.

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Who Are We?

We help each client gain the experience and resources necessary to fuel their growth, build sustainability, and achieve a greater impact. We can offer professional value in these areas:

  • Capital Campaigns
  • Fundraising Solutions
  • Executive Search & Talent Development
  • Grant Services
Dickerson Bakker
Advancing Non-Profits

Over seventeen hundred clients served

We work with a wide variety of nonprofits, faith-based and secular, small to large, across the spectrum from those seeking to meet individual needs in their local communities to those hoping to make a global impact for eternity.

More than three decades of service

Founded in 1985, DickersonBakker has an unbroken track record of providing professional consulting services to nonprofit clients for more than thirty-five years.

Hundreds of millions of dollars raised

We have helped hundreds of organizations raise hundreds of millions of dollars through capital campaigns and other fund development consulting programs.

Local impact... with a global reach

With corporate offices in both North Carolina and Texas and consulting team offices spread across the country, we partner with groups throughout the United States as well as in Canada and overseas.

Our Equation for Success
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Our Values
Values

Committed to Partnership

We are passionate about what our clients do and seek authentic personal connections with each. For us, it’s all about mission and service, not a “flash and dash” sales pitch. We will never sell a bill of goods and then hardly show up when the real work starts. When we engage you as a client, we commit to being there every step of the way, shoulder to shoulder with you until the job is done. We do what we say we’re going to do, and usually even more.

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Fueled by Faith

Our faith is what fuels our passion to do what we do. Even though we do not exclusively serve faith-based organizations, each member of our team possesses a sense of Christian calling to service. Much of how we approach our work is founded on Biblical principles of stewardship. And since we take our faith seriously, you can count on us to serve with integrity and be held accountable for everything we promise.

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You are Unique

Your organization and situation are unique. So you need real solutions, not a cookie-cutter program. We are committed to working with you to design individualized services that fit your own set of organizational needs, circumstances, and budget.

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Experience Matters

Each member of our team has a proven track record of achieving real success in what clients hire us to help them do. Because at the end of the day, it’s not about being the smartest person in the room – it’s about knowing how to get things done. At the same time, while we take our work seriously, we try not to take ourselves too seriously. We love what we do and gain joy from doing it.

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Measurable Results

We are committed to achieving measurable results with each of our clients. You are making a big investment, and you need to see a real return. We understand that. For most nonprofits, money is always in short supply. But when dealing with complex situations, real change isn’t easy, and it doesn’t come cheap, especially when bringing a depth and breadth of experience to bear, as we do. Fortunately, most of our clients have plenty of latent opportunity bottled up just waiting to be released, and will usually see a net positive return on investment within the first year of service.

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Our Team of Experts
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President & CEO
Derric Bakker, MBA
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Senior VP, Fundraising Solutions
Andrew Olsen, CFRE
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Partner, Senior VP Client Partnership
Jeff Crabtree

Meet The Team

Meet the experienced and talented folks that you will be working alongside.

Some examples of
What our clients have to say

"Helping an organization understand where to start is key. Christian schools need to reach out to someone like you to help them do that. We are where we are now, 6 years later, from working with DickersonBakker. You helped us know where to start."

David Buckles

President, Foundation Academy

"When you find a company you can work with that understands your values, the structure of the organization itself, and you can use them for all three phases, it's definitely a win."

Captain Bryan DeMichael

Commanding Officer, Lancaster, Ohio Corps

“When you have a gap you can’t necessarily fill from within, you look elsewhere. It’s that trusted advisor we have found with DickersonBakker, critically in the space of major gift fundraising and capital campaign planning.”

Bruce Everhart

Chief Development Officer, Moody Bible Institute

We adhere to an approach we refer to as
Assess > Plan > Deliver

In the thirty-six years we’ve been in business, we’ve served well over a thousand clients – each one different from every other we worked with before.

There are similarities, for sure, but each is a diverse group of people, with their own unique mix of personalities, working from their own place, balancing their own challenges and opportunities, pursuing their own vision in their own singular way.

We’ve learned that before we can help you accomplish your goals, we need to gain a firm understanding of who you are, how you operate, where you want to go, and the unique opportunities and challenges you face.

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Assess

Our first step in any client engagement therefore is to perform a comprehensive assessment of your situation and the context for future opportunities.

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Plan

Once this initial assessment is complete we will work with you to develop a customized solution to help you reach your goals and objectives.

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Deliver Results

We then partner with you to implement the plan and deliver real, tangible outcomes. Every dollar invested in our services is a dollar that can’t be spent directly on your mission. We understand that, and are committed to helping you achieve a net positive return on investment through our partnership with you.

Pathways:

No doubt you’ve heard it said that successful major gift fund development is “all about relationships”. We couldn’t agree more. At the same time, however, it just isn’t that simple. Real success in major gift fundraising is about strategically managing relationships with high-value donors in order to maximize their understanding of, interest in, involvement with, and commitment to your organization and its underlying mission. Even the word “relationships” is ambiguous. Major donors don’t have “relationships” with organizations. They have relationships with people in the organization. Too many put too much emphasis on the relationship with the development officer and overlook the importance of others. Relationships between your organization and its major donors actually have multiple dimensions, each increasingly important as you advance to higher tiers of giving.


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Presentation:

The case statement, also known as the “case for support,” provides a glimpse into the heart of a non-profit organization and is a vital part of any major gift fundraising effort. With over twenty years experience working with major donors we know what they are looking for in an offer. We will work with you to craft a compelling and professional case for support and guide you through the development of additional collateral materials needed to effectively present your case. We will also spend time in the field with your team to help them hone their presentation skills and train them in the “Art of the Close”.


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People:

Of all the building blocks needed to create a major gift program, none is more important than the people you have in place on your major gift leadership team. Having the right people in the right roles is a critical part of the Keystone Solution™ and we will work with you to ensure that your staff and volunteers are well-trained and appropriately gifted for their roles. If necessary, we will work with you to recruit additional members to your major gift leadership team.


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Prospects:

Any good fisherman knows that you can’t catch a big fish if you’ve got your line in the wrong pond. The future success of any major gift fund-raising program is built upon the organization’s ability to attract new donors to support its mission. To ensure on-going growth, a wide base of dynamic support is necessary, which presumes that a significant number of new major donors must be acquired and subsequently nurtured and elevated to rising giving levels. Using both “high-tech” and “high-touch” approaches we will work with your organization to identify a pool of best major gift prospects for your major gift program and to segment them into prioritized lists. As part of our prospecting services, we are also able to provide Donor Research Services to help you realize the major gift potential in your donor database and circles of influence.


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Practices:

Successful major gift fundraising is both an art and a science. The art is in the relationships, but the science is in the systems. Someone once said, “Motivation is what gets you started; good habits are what keep you going.” Putting good major gift development policies and procedures in place and getting into the habit of living by them is a critical part of making a program sustainable. Dickerson, Bakker & Associates will work with your organization to implement best practices within your major gift development department to ensure that the improvements we put in place will continue not just beyond our term of service but can be consistently applied even if you have a turnover of staff.


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Brand:

An organization’s brand is perhaps its most important asset. Most people think of brand superficially—considering only those aspects encompassing the “look and feel” of an organization (e.g. name, logo, etc.). Those brand marks are just outward expressions of your brand, however. At a deeper level, BRAND represents a promise to your constituents of those quintessential qualities that define who you are, what you do, and what you stand for as an organization. Doubt about the integrity of an organization’s brand promise almost always has a detrimental effect on giving, regardless of the effectiveness or competency of the fund development staff. Establishing and adhering to a clear focused brand is foundational in your ability to communicate who you are, what you do, where you are going, and how you will get there.


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Culture:

CULTURE refers to the collective attitudes that characterize and impact the ways that an organization’s people will perceive one another and work together. A “development-friendly” culture provides a fertile soil for giving to flourish. Dickerson, Bakker & Associates has identified six ingredients that together comprise a vibrant, development-friendly culture, and—if consistently applied—will significantly improve your organization’s ability to consistently garner high-level investments from major donors.


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Quality:

While mainstream donors may be satisfied with a simple understanding of what an organization does, major donors are more interested in what an organization achieves, or—more specifically—will achieve with the money they invest. Major donors want to know how their investment is helping bring about positive change in the lives of people. Major donors increasingly condition giving upon delivery of impact metrics, often requesting information on outcomes even before investing. Organizations that are serious about achieving success in major gift development will therefore do best when they embrace a culture that supports and encourages outcomes thinking.


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