Testimonials

  • I was very pleased with what we achieved on our project with Deringer Consulting. We hired Derry to help put us in the best possible position to identify and successfully hire a quality Development Director. Derry helped us restructure the development team, clarify the director’s management and day-to-day roles and articulate the characteristics of development director we really needed. Our new Development Director has been with us for a year, and we couldn’t be happier. He has helped us significantly increase our annual giving and we have nearly doubled our total number of donors, all in one year. Thank you, Derry!

    Christopher Fay
    Executive Director
    Homestretch

  • Derry has helped us to formulate a strategic fundraising plan that provides the tactics and strategies for replacing the funding from the Freddie Mac Foundation and to help us achieve our goals and future sustainability. It has been important for us to not only see the action steps to take in order to reach our objectives but to have Derry to help us understand the best practices for achieving our goals. Derry has also been able to see the holes in our development program and give us realistic options for pursuing additional funding sources, building staff capabilities and identifying the collateral materials needs to pursue current and prospective donors. With Derry’s help we have been able to create a workable major donor giving plan, something we as an organization have not had in place in the past, allowing us to capitalize and steward individual major donors. A plan is only good if there is someone that can implement and follow through on the action steps, and Derry has taken the time to make sure that our development staff is prepared and has the tools to accomplish our goals. We now have a working database where we can pull reports and queries that help us to formulate strategies for fundraising. It’s so exciting to analyze real data that gives us the tools to enhance our donor interactions, renew funding from existing donors and create approaches for bring back lapsed donors. Derry has been amazing to work with. He is always available to answer questions, help with a last minute projects, work with our board and volunteers, and he brings his amazing expertise and knowledgeable approach to helping us solve our fundraising challenges. I would highly recommend Derry to other nonprofits looking for a fundraising consultant.

    Lisa Carter
    Director of Development
    Child & Family Network Centers

  • We hired Deringer Consulting to assess PHILLIPS’ development activities and to recommend strategies that help us frame our development priorities and plan for the future. Derry was easy to work with and was “on point” in addressing our immediate needs. He delivered strategy recommendations that we can work with. We felt PHILLIPS got what it was looking for from Deringer Consulting. We definitely recommend him!

    Piper Phillips Caswell
    President & CEO
    Phillips Programs

  • I met Derry several years ago when a colleague introduced him as someone who might help the organization I was leading as we transitioned to a new Executive Director. We engaged Derry to help strengthen our existing fundraising plan and to assist the new ED so she could hit the ground running. Derry was fantastic to work with. He is smart and efficient, and worked nimbly to create a personalized plan that fit our organization’s unique challenges. As I transitioned from the organization, there was no doubt that our new ED, with Derry’s help, would thrive. Derry delivers solid results.

    Lisa Banks
    Executive Director
    Fairfax CASA

  • Derry successfully facilitated our process of redesigning a new corporate membership program for AFA, and has provided valuable technical advice and coaching on ways to enhance our individual giving campaigns in annual giving, planned giving and major gifts. He is a person of great integrity, creativity and provides sound counsel and expert assistance. I would work with Derry again in a heartbeat.

    Larry Dilworth
    Vice President of Development and Marketing
    Air Force Association

  • I worked very closely with Derry while managing fundraising for Roots of Peace. Derry not only created, but also guided the organization through, development of a comprehensive fundraising strategy that culminated in a considerable philanthropic donation for one of its programs. Derry actively partnered with us in this effort so that we were able to utilize internal resources under his expert guidance, which served to both develop grant writing and fundraising skills of internal staff while still allowing us to benefit from both his expertise and his ability to cultivate and engage donors effectively. I expect to partner with Derry in the future because he is an invaluable resource, but more importantly, someone who believes in imparting his knowledge so as to empower individuals and organizations to reach their potential. That is the true mark of a leader and professional.

    Marguerite Bachand
    Chief Operations Officer
    Roots of Peace

  • We hired Deringer Consulting to help Roots of Peace secure foundation grant funding, and to establish a qualified base of foundation prospects for a horticulture and agriculture development project in Vietnam. Derry delivered for Roots of Peace by securing a two-year $460,000 corporate foundation grant. In addition, Deringer Consulting successfully conducted prospect research and outreach with over 60 corporate and private foundations, and developed and designed the marketing materials. Derry delivered results and exceeded our expectations. We would definitely hire Deringer Consultant again.

    Tucker Kuhn
    Director of Operations
    Roots of Peace

  • Derry provided our organization with expert guidance on grant-writing, fund-raising strategy, and programmatic support requirements for our outreach to foundations and philanthropies.

    Michael Deal
    Executive Director and CEO
    Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)

  • Derry is an excellent advisor, trainer, strategist, and coach when it comes to fundraising. He is able to guide a team through the process of building a fundraising capacity by focusing first on building the fundamental infrastructure and then on developing outreach strategies in a collaborative manner without being overly prescriptive. He adapts to an organization’s priorities and makes them his priorities. With VEGA, he offered a range of resources that we would not have come across on our own. He has very high integrity and deep knowledge of non-profit fundraising. He also goes above and beyond what’s expected to provide the highest level of service to his clients. I highly recommend Derry.

    Renee Gifford
    Manager, Business Development
    Volunteer for Economic Growth Alliance

  • Derry is an exceptional public/private partnership strategist. His keen ability to understand corporate community engagement desires on a global scale enabled Caterpillar and the Caterpillar Foundation to more fully leverage its resources.

    Leith Robotham
    Senior Social Responsibility Initiatives Manager
    Caterpillar Foundation

  • Derry’s gift of communication coupled with keen strategic analyses has enabled him to forge ground-breaking public/private partnerships on a global scale with fortune 500 companies.

    Joseph Choi
    External Relations
    United Nations World Food Programme

  • Derry is a class act, a talented development professional who knows his stuff. He is excellent at cultivating and soliciting donors – at hearing their wants and needs and then aligning them to the goals of the organization.

    Kevin Sturtevant
    Vice President of Development
    World Food Program USA

Contact

Derry Deringer, CFRE
Deringer Consulting, LLC.
Alexandria, Virginia 22301, USA