Organizations often need to test the waters before launching a major campaign. Al will analyze your capacity to carry out a capital campaign, and he will help you craft a persuasive case statement. Then Al will discuss that case statement individually with donors and funders and candidly assess the potential success of your campaign.

Al will design a structure for your capital campaign, help you prioritize your prospects, train and support your volunteer and staff solicitors, and put the pieces in place to support your success.

Al helps staff and board leadership undertake strategic planning processes that promote a deeper understanding of institutional values, an appreciation for external challenges, and a focus on critical–and often overlooked–issues.

Al provides training on a variety of subjects, including clarifying the roles of board and staff; attracting, cultivating, and keeping donors; understanding planned giving and creating an effective gift planning program; and building a culture of philanthropy. In his trainings, Al works to demystify fundraising and to change the development process from a subject of apprehension to one of excitement and opportunity.

Al helps organizations analyze their fundraising staffing, plans, methods, priorities, and infrastructure, and he recommends changes so they can better achieve their goals.

Al assists nonprofit organizations with various aspects of charitable gift planning. These services include providing training to boards and staff, educating donors, building the infrastructure for accepting and managing gifts, and being on-call for confidential conversations with his clients’ donors regarding their personal gift planning.

It’s not easy being the CEO. Al can help nonprofit leaders gain perspective, reprioritize their responsibilities, manage and delegate, and move the organization forward toward ultimate success.

[Our] planning session couldn’t have gone better.

“Al led our Board of Trustees and staff in a strategic planning session that couldn’t have gone better. Because he

Ann Thompson, Executive Director

Al’s guidance helped turn our organization around.

“Al’s guidance helped turn our organization around. Thanks to his recommendations, we have seen improvements on our board, staff, systems,

Doug Bechtel President New Hampshire Audubon
Doug Bechtel, President

I highly recommend Al Cantor.

“Faced with a challenging fundraising goal well beyond my previous experience, I feel so lucky that we got connected with

Elizabeth Stout, Executive Director

He provided an insightful assessment of where we had been and where we should go.

“Al’s well-honed development experience and innate interpersonal intelligence are unparalleled. He provided an insightful assessment of where we had been

Sarah Palermo, Director, The Campaign for Legal Services
Sarah Palermo, Director

His work is always meticulously researched and provocative.

“Al Cantor speaks fearlessly about key issues in the nonprofit sector. His work is always meticulously researched and provocative. His

Brian Mittendorf, Chair, Department of Accounting & MIS, Fisher College of Business Distinguished Professor

Al brought out the best in our staff and board.

“Al invested the time to get to know the people behind our mission and guided us in creating a strategic

Heather Inyart
Heather Inyart , Executive Director

Our only regret is that we didn’t start working with Al earlier.

“We’re grateful for Al’s support and guidance. Our only regret is that we didn’t start working with Al

Michelle Ollie, Co-Founder

Al has become my go-to guy for sage advice delivered with kindness and humor.

“Al has become my go-to guy for sage advice delivered with kindness and humor. Last year, we bolstered ‘all things’

Erin Fernandez, Executive Director

Al Cantor worked wonders at our board retreat.

“Al Cantor worked wonders at our board retreat. We had a challenging structural governance issue to address and we were

Anne Galloway, Executive Director

Al Cantor has helped our organization level up.

“With remarkable insight, Al Cantor has helped our organization level up. Al understands scale, and was able to survey our

James Sturm, Co-Founder

My copy of Al’s report is well worn from use and reuse.

“My copy of Al’s report is well worn from use and reuse. His work continues to inform our development activities

Rick Swanson Development Director Historical Society of Cheshire County
Rick Swanson, Development Director

His work, both in preparing for the retreat and in conducting it, was outstanding.

“Al facilitated a critically important two-day board retreat, where we wrestled with two very big issues. His work, both in

John Molinaro, President and CEO

I never fail to learn something new.

“Al Cantor is one of the most insightful commentators on philanthropy today. I never fail to learn something new and

Ray D. Madoff, Professor Boston College Law School and Author of "Immortality and the Law"

Al approaches complex issues with thoughtfulness, moral clarity, and ardor.

“There are few individuals writing and working in the philanthropic sector today who approach complex, controversial issues with more thoughtfulness,

Ben Soskis, Research Associate in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy

[We] would never have gotten to this point without Al’s support and guidance.

“As a young organization, we needed a consultant who could help us develop our fundraising infrastructure.  Al walked us through

Shana Hawrylchak, Executive Director, SEE Science Center
Shana Hawrylchak, Executive Director

On the ‘new information’ scale, Al was a 10.

“Minnesota’s nonprofits are eager to address critical issues facing their organizations, and seek out learning opportunities that address both the

Jon Pratt, Executive Director

How can Alan Cantor help you?