Eight Steps for Selecting Fundraising Counsel

The Giving Institute.


This succinct and practical article outlines an eight-step process for choosing fundraising counsel.


eight-step guide, practical advice for selecting a consultant, succinct process to follow

Recommended Audience

clergy, finance committee, and fundraising committee



Practical Applications

  • Learn about screening and contracting with a professional fundraising consultant.
  • Confidently hire a professional fundraising consultant by asking important interview questions and drafting a strong contract agreement.

About the Contributor

Kara Faris

Kara Faris is the Center’s director of resource grants and resource consulting, as well as a resource consultant to congregations. She previously served for eight years as the Center’s education director.

Before working at the Center, Kara served First Friends Meeting of Indianapolis as associate pastor. With a degree in marketing from Butler University’s College of Business Administration and a master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary, Kara brings a blend of pragmatism, intuition and passion for lifelong learning to the Center. Kara has authored Including Laity in Education Events Empowers Congregations and co-authored the book Divergent Church.

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