“Like many other organizations, our annual giving program was underdeveloped and dependent on events. We felt that it was stagnant and began to see a decline in results. We needed to change our approach and really think outside the box. Harris Connect introduced their Focus 360 program to us, which utilizes consulting and multi-channel methods to reach, communicate and acquire donors for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. As an academic medical center, we obviously have multiple specialties, facilities and constituents. We needed a program to help us address alumni, patients and donors. Harris Connect worked with us to put together a complex and comprehensive program that addressed the unique relationships each of our constituent groups has with the Medical Center, and as a result has helped us acquire 2,740 new donors, over two years, for a total value of over $450,000. We continue to see great results from our continuing partnership.”
Audrey Stone, Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
“We recently contracted with Harris Connect for their PGConnectSM services to help secure planned gifts for RPI. As with any higher education institution, we were a bit reluctant to hand over our most loyal donors to a third party. However, when Harris Connect shared the details of how they conduct this program, the tenure of their planned giving communicators who make those first phone calls, the background and experience of their planned giving specialists, plus their successes with other prestigious organizations, we felt we had to move forward with a program. After identifying 20 new or previously unknown estate gifts, we are thrilled with the results and delighted with how well Harris Connect’s communicators stewarded our donors. It was just like they were an extension of Rensselaer staff. We couldn’t be happier with this program!
“Even more - I’m following up with another 104 people who said they would consider including Rensselaer in their plans in the future. Based on our average gift amount, this could possibly lead to several million dollars in new gifts!”
Art Tracy, Director of Gift Planning, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Museum of New Mexico
"The City Mission is a 101-year-old Christian nonprofit organization serving persons in crisis in the Cleveland, Ohio area. We had virtually no set procedures for our planned giving program, nor did we really focus a lot of effort in acquiring planned gifts. In 2010, however, we contracted with Harris Connect for their PGConnect solution, and identified scores of existing donors who had either already included The City Mission in their estate plans, or were interested in doing so. The potential value of these gifts will likely reach $1 million. Harris Connect’s professional consultants and very experienced planned giving communicators and specialists really made a difference for The City Mission. We really value their work and highly recommend their services."
Michael J. Parry, CFRE, Chief Development Officer, The City Mission
"I think Harris Connect, by far, does the best job in finding addresses and e-mail addresses. I won’t waste my time with other companies."
Julie Byrne Shroka, Director of Alumni Relations & Special Events, College of Lake County