Consulting and Sponsorships

Consulting Services

We are pleased to be able to offer affordable and comprehensive consulting.

  • We start with a discussion of your needs to see if there’s a fit with our services.
  • Your solution will always be customized to your organization’s requirements.
  • Our recommendations will be based on best practices within the sector.
  • Reports and recommendations will include additional materials to reinforce best practices.
  • We believe in knowledge transfer so you develop the skills you need in-house.
  • If we don’t have the answer we’ll find someone who does and connect you with them.
  • We are competitive with our pricing and won’t sell you what you don’t need.

Consulting Offerings

Technology, Database, Records and Infrastructure Management Comprehensive Technology, Systems and Business Process Review (Back Room Audit)

  • Software Selection and Implementation
  • Process Improvements
  • Technology Strategy and Planning
  • Reporting Infrastructure, Metrics and Data Warehouse Construction, Report Development
  • Data Integrity Management
  • Gift Accounting Procedures: Working Together Efficiently
  • Software, Technical and other Training
  • e Philanthropy Reviews and Strategy Recommendations
  • Comprehensive Review of Your e Philanthropy Programs
  • Website Analysis, Development and Strategy
  • Review and Development of Policies and Procedures
  • Staff Recruitment, Coaching, Development and Training
  • Prospect Management and Research

Sponsorship Opportunities

SupportingFundraising.Com and SupportingAdvancement.Com are well-known resources. We provide competitively priced, niche targeted sponsorship and brand presence opportunities for vendors and sponsors in the fundraising and non-profit spaces. Sponsors pay for the costs of providing these resources to the community.

With over 4,000 registered users on these sites and over 1 million visits per year, it’s a good place to get yourselves in front of a large community of fundraising and fundraising support professionals and decision makers.

Current Sponsors and Strategic Partners

Advizor Solutions, Inc.
ADVIZOR Solutions® is today’s leading provider of easy-to-use business analysis software. From the desktop to the enterprise, business managers and analysts can easily create and deploy analysis dashboards within minutes – and all they need is a mouse!

Annual Fund Inc.
Annual Fund Inc. understands annual giving and recognize the limitations of annual giving budgets. AFI o

ffers affordable comprehensive audit packages for your annual giving program.

HEPdata
HEPdata is the leader in matching gifts, wealth tracking and CRM data enrichment for non-profits and education.

MainSpring Media Communications Inc.
Mainspring specializes in developing materials that increase awareness, participation and giving at educational institutions and non-profit organizations. We aspire to be experts in both media and fundraising, and our history dates back to the Duke University e-solicitation series in 2002-2003. We work with institutions across the country, public and private, small and large.

Contact us for more details on consulting services or sponsorship opportunities.

Principal and Founder

Brian Dowling has invested more than 25 years working in advancement/development Services, finance/administration and operations. His management experience includes: technology and information systems, software conversions, gifts and records processing/management, prospect research, document imaging, web sites, online programs, finance, investments, working with senior management teams, strategic planning, boards and committees and other duties that help organizations manage their fundraising, constituent engagement and sustainability.

Brian’s current role of Senior Vice President for Finance and Information Systems at the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation started in 2008.

Brian worked previously at the University of Michigan and was responsible for managing the technological infrastructure, gift processing and records administration for the Office of University Development. This was in support of a $3.1 billion campaign with annual fundraising revenues of $250-$370 million. The database contained over 1,000,000 entities and over 184,000 gift transactions were processed annually.

Prior to that, Brian worked at The University of Toronto. The University’s $1 billion plus campaign was Canada’s largest and most successful philanthropic effort in higher education. The database of over 700,000 entities supported a large-scale decentralized advancement operation.

Brian also worked at a number of other institutions and businesses in the United States and Canada, where he gained knowledge and perspectives of managing in small, medium and large shops. This experience included multiple system conversions, website development, budgetary and financial responsibilities, operations management and more.

He provides consulting services in Canada, the United States, Asia and Australia, has written many articles, is a published author and speaks at conferences and through webinars. He was a founding board member of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals and a founding committee member of the BC Blackbaud Users Group.

He invests of his spare time in SupportingFundraising.Com | SupportingAdvancement.Com and is an amateur musician.

Contact Brian using our contact us form if you’d like him to get in touch with you.

Other Staff

We run a very lean operation but we are always keen to utilize volunteer help if you’re interested. You can contribute content. There’s more information here.

Largest-ever Donation to Canadian Health Institution

The Rogers family announces the largest-ever donation of $130 million to a Canadian health institution.

The gift is unique in that it will be split 3 ways between the Hospital for Sick Children, the University Health Network and the University of Toronto. Each of those institutions will add an additional one-third to the gift to bring the total to $260 million to establish a new heart research center in Toronto.