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Serving Rescue Missions Since 1985
We can help you achieve a greater impact

We understand that raising money for Rescue Missions and other organizations serving the homeless and disadvantaged requires a unique approach. You don’t raise money for “street-level” ministry like you do for any other type of non-profit. We understand the unique challenges you face, and can help you take your fundraising to the next level.

Whether you need help improving your annual fundraising or conducting a capital campaign, DickersonBakker stands ready to help. We have nearly 40 years of experience helping Rescue Missions grow their fundraising ... which translates into more hearts reached for Christ, more men, women & children rescued from poverty and addiction, and more lives and communities transformed. Why not put our team to work for you?

For Your Rescue Mission
Supporting Relationships

You serve an important community function, and are a vital outreach to those in your community who are most at need. You may also have a robust donor list from years of direct mail fundraising, supporting relationships with local churches, and often have opportunities for broad community support from local businesses, corporations, and foundations. But you do not have wealthy alumni, well-heeled members, or even necessarily well-connected Board members and volunteers. And chances are, your team is also under-resourced and short-staffed, trying to make a dime do the work of a dollar.

We understand the unique challenges you face, and can help you take your fundraising to the next level. Our work with Rescue Ministries and other ministries serving the homeless and disadvantaged has traditionally been focused on providing Capital Campaign Consulting Services, but more and more we are also providing assistance with Major Gift Solutions, Grant Development Services, and Executive Search.

Considering a Capital Campaign?

Over the nearly four decades that our firm has been in business, we have helped dozens of Rescue Missions conduct capital campaigns that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars. Whether you are looking to conduct a campaign for new buildings, program expansion, debt reduction, an endowment, a combination of the above, or any other type of major fundraising campaign, we are experts in providing the counsel and assistance to successfully complete a capital campaign that will help your mission take a substantial leap forward in the fulfillment of your vision.

Rescue Mission Fundraising Solutions

You need a better way to fundraise. You just might not realize it yet. Most rescue ministries today are struggling to squeeze every last drop of discretionary income from a shrinking group of donors who have seen their total aggregate household income decline by nearly 50% over the last half-century. This is not sustainable. A continued focus on highly transactional, low-dollar fundraising tactics forces organizations to compete in a dangerous race to the bottom. This is not how we achieve transformational mission impact.

That’s where we come in. DickersonBakker now offers full-service, omni-channel, direct response fundraising services for nonprofits. Our program leverages our nearly 40 years’ of relational fundraising expertise to include an intentional and specific cadence for Mid-level and Major donors that acknowledges the differences in the way they behave and honors the relationship instead of focusing exclusively on their pocketbook.

Interested in discovering a better way to fundraise? Invite our team at DickersonBakker to come alongside your Mission to help you achieve your goals.

““I just want to thank DickersonBakker for giving us 33% growth in our donor income. We’ve had a HUGE return on investment on our work with them. They are amazing!”

Bill Russell, Executive Director, Union Gospel Mission – Portland

What does forward look like for you?
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Capital Campaigns

  • 5-Phase Plan
  • Feesability Study
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Executive Search

  • Find the Right Fit
  • Discovery and Strategy
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Fundraising Servies

  • Gift Development Consulting
  • Partnership Selection
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Grant Development

  • Foundation research
  • Grant Portfolios Management
What does forward look like for you?
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Fundraising Solutions

We can help you raise the resources you need to fuel your mission

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Executive Search

We help non-profits find and recruit talent for key fundraising and executive leadership roles

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Capital Campaigns

We have helped thousands of non-profits raise billions of dollars for their campaigns

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Grant Services

We have helped dozens of non-profits win millions in new grant funding

From Our Clients
Rescue Mission
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Executive VP, Fundraising Solutions
Andrew Olsen, CFRE
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Partner, Group VP, Rescue Missions
Shawn Saunders, CFRE, MA
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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 of the Rescue Ministries We've Served


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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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