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White Horse Inc.

From monthly installments to major gifts
The organization had an ambitious CEO but no development staff. How could they capitalize on the potential of their major donors?
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  1. Problem / Challenge


The organization had plateaued in revenue growth and was “just getting by.” The CEO knew he needed coaching to take advantage of generous donors’ untapped capacity.

  1. Solution

Over five years, Veritus helped the CEO spend 40% of his time cultivating a qualified caseload of donors. In year five, a full-time Major Gift Officer was hired.

  1. Results

Over five years, donated revenue tripled and the CEO’s donor caseload was giving 10x more on average.

“Veritus Group’s Permission-Based Asking method is at the heart of their process, and I cannot say enough good things about it. In the midst of a global pandemic and unable to meet with donors in-person, I have still managed to exceed YOY actuals by 72.5%. I am absolutely certain that, with the process and philosophy of Veritus Group, I have been far more effective in raising funds for my organization than I would have been on my own. I commend The Veritus Group without reservation.”

– Dave Merchant

Director of Donor Relations , White Horse Inc.

Inside a Turnaround

What the Organization Needed

White Horse Inc. had plateaued in revenue growth and was “just getting by.” At first, the CEO began to follow Veritus principles as gleaned through freely distributed materials. Then he wanted to develop a major gift program and learn how to work with donors to increase support to realize the organization’s vision year-over-year. A major donor weekend was scheduled, and the CEO wanted help to take full advantage of the event.

The organization had a belief and reliance on monthly donors as the key to all revenue growth. In addition, there was a disposition for not asking more of these faithful donors, even excluding them from direct response. By following the Veritus qualification process and building a cultivation and solicitation strategy based on donor interest, it became clear that a significant portion of these donors in fact were open to and eager to increase support.

Our Recommendation

Over the next several years, Veritus Group worked with the CEO and administrative staff to form a pool of donors, set priorities, build and begin a cultivation strategy. Veritus coached the CEO on how to spend 40% of his time cultivating the organization’s top 60 donors.

In addition to creating a major gift program, Veritus encouraged increasing the number of direct mail and email blast campaigns during the year and including monthly donors in those efforts, thus growing the pipeline into the Major Gift pool. Veritus worked with the team to develop donor offers so that donors on the monthly giving plan were able to direct additional giving to programs they were most interested in.

During the course of Veritus management, the organization has also launched a new national program and worked through personnel changes in the talent/content producers of the organization. By creating and executing an interactive communication plan, key stakeholders were included or informed, resulting in minimal disruption.

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The Results


Giving as a Spiritual Journey

With consistent outreach to donors through calls and visits, the organization learned how significant the work was in individual’s spiritual journeys.


Donor Giving

After 5 years of coaching and management, giving by donors in the CEO’s caseload has grown 10x over on average.

$1.2M to $3.6M

Increased Giving

After 5 years of coaching and management, the organization’s donation revenue grew from $1,200,000 to $3,600,000.


Greater Public

Greater Public

Fundraising in public media has a long history of highly successful membership drives. But over recent years, the trend line for membership has been flattening, and it became clear that philanthropic giving remained underdeveloped. Together, Veritus Group and Greater Public set out to see if public media stations could shift from a membership mindset into a relationship fundraising model.

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Pinky Swear Foundation

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Lock Haven University

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The university needed a strategy for developing long-term relationships with donors so that they didn’t depend solely on events for giving.