What We Do

Ignite Philanthropy serves all aspects of the philanthropic and non-profit sector—from individuals, companies and foundations seeking to organize and improve their philanthropic giving to non-profits looking for an experienced fundraising or strategy partner to raise capital to accomplish their mission. Though we typically combine our unique set of services into a custom solution for our clients, we have a set of core services organized into two categories.


Non-Profit Services

Fundraising Strategy
and Planning

Ignite Philanthropy combines a proprietary planning methodology with deep fundraising and non-profit sector experience to guide organizations through a comprehensive planning and stakeholder engagement process. Our team of strategists, data specialists and fundraisers have experience designing strategies for projects ranging from $200+ million capital campaigns to grass roots fundraisers and annual funds.

Demonstrated expertise in such services as:

  • Donor data research & analysis
  • Donor prospecting and pipeline development
  • Messaging platform design
  • Project/Initiative timeline & budget creation
  • Naming opportunity identification and pricing
  • Volunteer leadership recruitment and engagement
  • Fundraising material design and copywriting

Fundraising Campaign

Ignite Philanthropy believes that successful fundraising campaigns must have a solid plan, top notch leadership and a dedicated fundraising team to execute day-to-day operations. Our custom suite of campaign management services is led and managed by full-time employees of Ignite Philanthropy (not outsourced consultants) who have deep local donor and community knowledge. We serve as the outsourced leadership team, working with volunteer and organization executives to fulfill their vision and goals for the campaign.

Comprehensive campaign leadership, staffing and project management services, such as:

  • Campaign communications
  • Donor meeting prep and solicitation
  • Solicitation meeting coordination
  • Pitch deck development
  • Post-gift administration, such as acknowledgement letters and pledge administration
  • Donor pipeline tracking
  • Strategic advice and counsel at every step in the campaign


Ignite Philanthropy combines its unique knowledge of the non-profit sector with business acumen and non-profit management experience to assess, research and design strategies for non-profit organizations and philanthropists. We immerse ourselves in our client’s work and collaborate with key stakeholders to understand their current and future needs and avenues for success.

Unique insights and approaches to:

  • Community needs research and assessment
  • Organizational assessment, such as operational, financial, fundraising
  • Revenue modeling for capital projects
  • Strategic planning
  • Ideation and meeting facilitation

Philanthropic Services


Ignite Philanthropy optimizes small to midsized foundations of all types with personalized management solutions, back office support and invaluable non-profit sector insights. Ignite Philanthropy develops a custom set of services based on the needs of each client.

Customizable, needs-based services, including:

  • Board meeting preparation, facilitation and follow-up, including meeting books and agenda coordination
  • Policy and procedure development
  • Financial reports and administrative functions
  • Board member communications and event planning
  • Outsourced staffing infrastructure to support grantmaking goals
  • New initiative design and leadership

Giving Strategies
and Management

Ignite Philanthropy works with individuals, foundations and companies to design and implement a grantmaking strategy and process that ensures the applications you receive and the grants you make are aligned with your foundation’s values and philanthropic goals.

Comprehensive, mission-focused grants management, including:

  • Grant request and application processing using a customized online platform
  • Non-profit applicant screening, including site visits
  • Applicant/grantee communication
  • Electronic grants management and recordkeeping
  • Grant evaluation and results tracking


Ignite Philanthropy provides professional advice and consultation to foundations, individuals and corporations on all issues related to philanthropy, grantmaking, community impact, corporate social responsibility and the non-profit sector.

Big-picture, forward-looking approaches to:

  • Foundation mission, vision and giving priorities development
  • Strategic planning and project management
  • Succession planning for the next generation of board members
  • Governance reviews and compliance
  • Community needs assessments
  • Community issue research