“We truly feel like we got a lot for our money because we had a whole team behind us.”
April Culver, VP for Governmental Affairs: Johnston Memorial Hospital
Our philosophy is to offer personalized services designed to meet the individual needs of each client. We believe in partnering with our clients to offer the most effective and cost-conscious services. We are devoted to serving our clients' missions and do so always with an eye toward the highest and best use of every organization's resources.
Within our Campaign Services division, retainer fees are based on an individually determined projected number of days per project required by Capital Development Services' counsel/staff to achieve each client's fundraising objectives. Proposals specifically outline the number of days of service, which is constantly monitored. Time vs. contract is always made available and most often reflects over-service in number of days to our clients on our part. Fees and the corresponding counsel days can be adjusted up or down as needed during the contract period.
Expenses incurred on behalf of each client such as travel, long-distance telephone, printing, facsimiles, etc. are billed directly each month. Capital Development Services makes every effort to keep these expenses to a minimum.
For more information on fundraising consulting costs please contact us at or 336-747-0133, ext. 857.
Generally the total cost for conducting a major campaign initiative should be in the range of 5-7% of the total campaign goal. Total costs would include not only campaign counsel such as CapDev, but also any additional staffing for campaign support, all production and printing of materials, travel time, phone and technology costs, and other infrastructural needs such as database upgrades and trainings. Of course, given economies of scale this percentage estimate would increase for a smaller goal and decrease for larger campaign goals.
*Please note: CapDev does not recommend or accept any percentage-based fee structures for campaign consulting work.