MD Fundraising Services (MDFS) is a contract services company operated by Michael Donegan. Unlike a typical consultant role with non-profit organizations, I become a part-time contract employee of your non-profit with specific duties that you as the employer and MDFS agree on before the contract starts.
For example, your organization has talked about starting a Major Gift or Individual Gift program for quite some time. Each year, it is put on your strategic Development Plan as a goal that never seems to take root. Or your organization has had difficulty raising good Corporate Partnership money for your special event or program support. Another example might be a typical problem that most small to medium sized non-profits face. How do you engage your Board of Directors to be the solution to the above situations by really becoming a fundraising board.
MDFS’s unique Fundraising Triage offers practical results=oriented interim solutions for the small to medium sized non-profits providing an immediate impact to your organization’s bottom line. In addition, MDFS can also provide creative long-term solutions to help get your organization back on track.
In simple terms, MDFS empowers non-profits by helping key staff better understand the Development Process by doing the work with the staff. The Development work model is different from the Fundraising model, because it requires time, patience and persistence to build strong support from board, individuals and corporations and sustain and grow that program year after year. The goal of MDFS is to empower the non-profit staff to make donor development work become a cultural norm, so that the need for MDFS lessens over time. The ideal is for MDFS to “teach you how to fish” if you will and then over time to eliminate the need for MDFS.
Michael Donegan Bio
Michael has been involved in the non-profit community for over 20 years, having served as a professional staff person and volunteer for local and national non-profits. Michael started his career as a loaned executive for United Way in 1988, and has served the Denver Community in many ways since that time. He has served national and local charities over that time, including National Jewish Hospital, American Lung Association and the Alzheimer’s Association in major and planned gifts. Michael has also started endowment programs for the American Cancer Society, Denver Zoo and was part of a team that built an endowment and a new facility for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. For the last 15 months, Michael has been Principal in MD Fundraising Services, specializing in providing hands on solutions to non-profit organizations in need of creative, short term or long term areas of funding.
Michael’s volunteer highlights include a 10 year association with the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, serving 2 years as President and helping to transform the organization to a community based education association. He also served as the first chair of Leave a Legacy, a volunteer driven bequest awareness program that he personally raised $100,000 the first year to drive the program statewide. He also served on the national Leave a Legacy Committee and 3 years as a Board member on the National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG).
Two other accomplishments he is very proud of are 10 years as the President of the Mile Hi Church Foundation, creating their first ever endowment and educating supporters on the importance of bequests to the Church. He current serves as a Board member for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, where he hopes to bring his experience to help grow this wonderful cultural center in Five Points.
Michael has spoken to staff and Board members all over the country about development efforts and has dozens of presentations to his credit over the last 15 years. He has two teenage boys, 14 and 17 who play competitive soccer. Michael also loves to sing professionally anywhere.
Michael is currently the founder of MD Fundraising Services, a non-profit contract service company that works with non-profits sided by side to enhance their income capabilities. He also does quarterly presentations for Community Resource Center and has done a number of Board presentations for Planned Giving over the last 20 years.
Affliations/Past current clients
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Denver Zoo
- Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
- American Lung Association
- American Cancer Society
- National Jewish Hospital
- Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable
- Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
- Metro Volunteers
- National Committee on Planned Giving (now called Partners in Philanthropic Planning)
Past and current clients include:
- Metro Volunteers
- Iliff School of Theology
- Curious Theatre Company
- Planned Giving Company
- Excelsior Youth Center
- Inter-Faith Community Services
- Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley
- Anchor Center for Blind Children