Have you ever wondered how some nonprofits seem to be able to “kick it up a notch” in raising funds when they experience operating growth? It’s likely because they have a healthy development plan that grew out of a well done development audit.
Development audits assess sources of gifts, staffing, operations and communications of a development office. Once the data from the audit is analyzed, four main objectives often are presented:
- What gift levels should a nonprofit target and what is an appropriate mix of types of gifts?
- How large is the current donor base and how are donor information and records tracked? Are resources adequately allocated so goals and objectives can be achieved?
- How effective are current development and public relations programs? Who are the audiences and what are the best messages and tools to reach them?
- What should development office staffing look like for an organization at a certain size and what skills are important to maximize fundraising efforts?
Best practices and comparisons against national benchmarks should be used in the audit. As competition for charitable dollars increases, organizations cannot afford for development duties to slip in effectiveness or efficiency. Audits give insights and tools for future success.
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