How We Help Nonprofit Organizations

Detroit Philanthropy is a licensed professional fundraiser in the State of Michigan offering strategic fundraising counsel and execution.  Having raised millions of dollars for a variety of organizations, we are experts at developing and implementing effective fundraising campaigns, are experienced at integrating marketing and public relations techniques, and have expertise in board engagement and accountability.

By working with you to develop highly tailored fundraising plans, Detroit Philanthropy will increase your organizational fundraising capacity by providing the skills, knowledge and strategies you need for success today and for years to come.  We plan, manage, and implement programs that achieve fundraising goals allowing for maximum impact.   Specifically, we offer comprehensive fund development counsel, strategy and evaluation in the following areas:

  • Annual  Fund
  • Capital campaigns
  • Fundraising events
  • Direct mail
  • Major gifts
  • Board member engagement
  • Stewardship plans & communications
  • Strategic partnership development
  • Grant & proposal writing
  • Corporate giving
  • Relationship management
  • Marketing & social media integration
  • Policy review & development
  • Fund Development Coaching

Our Expertise

Prior to founding Detroit Philanthropy, Rachel Decker, spent nearly two decades in the nonprofit sector serving in various leadership capacities responsible for fundraising and marketing.  Most recently, she was the Executive Director of the HAVEN Foundation where she oversaw all fundraising initiatives in support of ongoing operations, and successfully completed the agency’s largest capital campaign, which funded HAVEN’s new headquarters.

Prior to that position, Rachel served as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Ave Maria University.  She also worked throughout the metro Detroit area with several nonprofit organizations including: Vista Maria, the Detroit Police Athletic League, Common Ground and the Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence.

Rachel’s education includes a Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration with a specialization in the nonprofit sector from Michigan State University, and Bachelor of Science degree from Alma College where she majored in political science.  Additionally, she serves as a board member and the development committee chair for Playworks Michigan, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Contact Us!

Detroit Philanthropy can help your nonprofit organization achieve its fundraising goals! Contact us today to discuss your fundraising needs and get a personalized proposal.