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.

Heather Inyart

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 framework that uniquely fit our organization. He was wonderful to work with and brought out the best in our staff and board. He helped us identify our key strengths and a shared vision for our future so we can evolve our programs while staying true to our values."

Heather Inyart
Executive Director
Media Power Youth, Manchester, NH

Alan Cantor Consulting
2021-03-23T15:04:05+00:00

Heather Inyart
Executive Director
Media Power Youth, Manchester, NH

Heather Inyart
"Al invested the time to get to know the people behind our mission and guided us in creating a strategic framework that uniquely fit our organization. He was wonderful to work with and brought out the best in our staff and board. He helped us identify our key strengths and a shared vision for our future so we can evolve our programs while staying true to our values."

[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 is so personable, we all felt comfortable in our discussions. Not only did we come together as a group under Al’s leadership, we have a very workable plan going forward.”

Ann Thompson
Executive Director
Oklahoma Humanities

Alan Cantor Consulting
2019-01-28T06:16:35+00:00

Ann Thompson
Executive Director
Oklahoma Humanities

“Al led our Board of Trustees and staff in a strategic planning session that couldn’t have gone better. Because he is so personable, we all felt comfortable in our discussions. Not only did we come together as a group under Al’s leadership, we have a very workable plan going forward.”

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, moral clarity, and ardor — qualities that are rarely found sympathetically aligned — than Al Cantor. In particular, his work raising alarms about the rise of donor-advised funds has been a vitally important civic service.”

Ben Soskis
Research Associate in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
The Urban Institute

Alan Cantor Consulting
2019-01-28T07:54:44+00:00

Ben Soskis
Research Associate in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
The Urban Institute

“There are few individuals writing and working in the philanthropic sector today who approach complex, controversial issues with more thoughtfulness, moral clarity, and ardor — qualities that are rarely found sympathetically aligned — than Al Cantor. In particular, his work raising alarms about the rise of donor-advised funds has been a vitally important civic service.”
Rick Swanson Development Director Historical Society of Cheshire County

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 and our strategic planning process. Al did a great job of helping us take a hard look at how we could improve, and it never seemed painful or threatening. He brings so much curiosity, wisdom, and fun to the process that it feels like a privilege to be involved.”

Rick Swanson
Development Director
Historical Society of Cheshire County

Alan Cantor Consulting
2022-03-02T13:44:12+00:00

Rick Swanson
Development Director
Historical Society of Cheshire County

Rick Swanson Development Director Historical Society of Cheshire County
“My copy of Al’s report is well worn from use and reuse. His work continues to inform our development activities and our strategic planning process. Al did a great job of helping us take a hard look at how we could improve, and it never seemed painful or threatening. He brings so much curiosity, wisdom, and fun to the process that it feels like a privilege to be involved.”

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 preparing for the retreat and in conducting it, was outstanding. My board members were delighted. All are experienced, having served on many boards, and all shared their happiness with the planning retreat and its outcomes. One expressed that this was the single best meeting he had attended in all his years of board service.”

John Molinaro
President and CEO
Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth

Alan Cantor Consulting
2019-01-28T07:38:14+00:00

John Molinaro
President and CEO
Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth

“Al facilitated a critically important two-day board retreat, where we wrestled with two very big issues. His work, both in preparing for the retreat and in conducting it, was outstanding. My board members were delighted. All are experienced, having served on many boards, and all shared their happiness with the planning retreat and its outcomes. One expressed that this was the single best meeting he had attended in all his years of board service.”

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 interesting when I read his columns.”

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

Alan Cantor Consulting
2019-01-28T07:45:53+00:00

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

“Al Cantor is one of the most insightful commentators on philanthropy today. I never fail to learn something new and interesting when I read his columns.”

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 able to resolve it effectively. Best of all, the board members felt comfortable with Al’s leadership. His sense of humor, enthusiasm and ability to keep the conversation on track made the experience of working through the problem a pleasure."

Anne Galloway
Executive Director
Vermont Journalism Trust

Alan Cantor Consulting
2019-01-28T06:13:57+00:00

Anne Galloway
Executive Director
Vermont Journalism Trust

"Al Cantor worked wonders at our board retreat. We had a challenging structural governance issue to address and we were able to resolve it effectively. Best of all, the board members felt comfortable with Al’s leadership. His sense of humor, enthusiasm and ability to keep the conversation on track made the experience of working through the problem a pleasure."

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 earlier."

Michelle Ollie
Co-Founder
The Center for Cartoon Studies

Alan Cantor Consulting
2019-04-25T20:26:34+00:00

Michelle Ollie
Co-Founder
The Center for Cartoon Studies

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

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 how and why of their work. Al Cantor’s keynote address to our Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference hit this objective perfectly: new information, hard numbers, ethical challenges, inspiring examples and a persuasive call to action. On the ‘new information’ scale Al was a ‘10,’ presenting an exceptional and singular perspective that is too rare in the fields of nonprofits and philanthropy, which actually goes back to the roots of why we do this work in the first place.”

Jon Pratt
Executive Director
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Alan Cantor Consulting
2019-01-28T07:44:10+00:00

Jon Pratt
Executive Director
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

“Minnesota’s nonprofits are eager to address critical issues facing their organizations, and seek out learning opportunities that address both the how and why of their work. Al Cantor’s keynote address to our Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference hit this objective perfectly: new information, hard numbers, ethical challenges, inspiring examples and a persuasive call to action. On the ‘new information’ scale Al was a ‘10,’ presenting an exceptional and singular perspective that is too rare in the fields of nonprofits and philanthropy, which actually goes back to the roots of why we do this work in the first place.”

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 voice is critical to advancing the conversation about the future of nonprofits.”

Brian Mittendorf
Chair, Department of Accounting & MIS, Fisher College of Business
Distinguished Professor The Ohio State University

Alan Cantor Consulting
2019-01-28T07:49:38+00:00

Brian Mittendorf
Chair, Department of Accounting & MIS, Fisher College of Business
Distinguished Professor The Ohio State University

“Al Cantor speaks fearlessly about key issues in the nonprofit sector. His work is always meticulously researched and provocative. His voice is critical to advancing the conversation about the future of nonprofits.”
Doug Bechtel President New Hampshire Audubon

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, and tools. We then hired Al two years after his initial report to give us a sense of our status since we first worked with him, and his perspective re-propelled us into a new level where the word ‘growth’ is no longer a dream, but a reality."

Doug Bechtel
President
New Hampshire Audubon

Alan Cantor Consulting
2022-03-02T13:40:22+00:00

Doug Bechtel
President
New Hampshire Audubon

Doug Bechtel President New Hampshire Audubon
"Al’s guidance helped turn our organization around. Thanks to his recommendations, we have seen improvements on our board, staff, systems, and tools. We then hired Al two years after his initial report to give us a sense of our status since we first worked with him, and his perspective re-propelled us into a new level where the word ‘growth’ is no longer a dream, but a reality."

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' planned giving, and we couldn’t have done it without him! Recently, a donor approached a board member by surprise about establishing a large estate bequest. With our newly completed planned giving guidelines in hand, the board member felt comfortable and confident during this meeting. Al guided us through the process, and we ended up right where we needed to be."

Erin Fernandez
Executive Director
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

Alan Cantor Consulting
2019-04-25T20:23:09+00:00

Erin Fernandez
Executive Director
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

"Al has become my go-to guy for sage advice delivered with kindness and humor. Last year, we bolstered 'all things' planned giving, and we couldn’t have done it without him! Recently, a donor approached a board member by surprise about establishing a large estate bequest. With our newly completed planned giving guidelines in hand, the board member felt comfortable and confident during this meeting. Al guided us through the process, and we ended up right where we needed to be."

The end results have truly moved the organization forward.

“Al is really good at what he does. He has a great blend of leadership, knowledge, intellect, competence, and people skills, alongside humor and curiosity. It makes whatever task we’re doing fun – and the end results have truly moved the organization forward.”

Barry Gaw
Board Member
Squam Lakes Association

Alan Cantor Consulting
2019-01-28T08:00:24+00:00

Barry Gaw
Board Member
Squam Lakes Association

“Al is really good at what he does. He has a great blend of leadership, knowledge, intellect, competence, and people skills, alongside humor and curiosity. It makes whatever task we’re doing fun – and the end results have truly moved the organization forward.”

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 key stakeholders, assess our operations, and recommend organizational improvements that have worked like a charm."

James Sturm
Co-Founder
The Center for Cartoon Studies

Alan Cantor Consulting
2019-04-26T17:23:24+00:00

James Sturm
Co-Founder
The Center for Cartoon Studies

"With remarkable insight, Al Cantor has helped our organization level up. Al understands scale, and was able to survey our key stakeholders, assess our operations, and recommend organizational improvements that have worked like a charm."
0
0
Alan Cantor Consulting

How can Alan Cantor help you?