What We Believe

Helping nonprofits unlock their full potential: McDonald Schaefer provides comprehensive resource development services for capital campaigns, general fundraising and capacity building. As a firm, we believe in intellectual debate and integrity, creative idea generation and the relentless pursuit of success for our clients.


  • McDonald Schaefer team members believe nonprofit organizations serve a vital role in improving the quality of life toward a humane and sustainable world through noble and worthy missions. 


  • We believe that if it were not for the daily impact achieved by the nonprofit community nationwide, our society would be impoverished and disadvantaged in devastating ways.


  • We believe that it is appropriate for nonprofits, doing vital work, to invite funding through charitable gifts from a caring public.  


  • We believe that successful fund development (fundraising) is part art and part science, employing proven and effective practices to encourage the support of people, businesses and foundations that care about the mission of your nonprofit.


  • We believe that when properly guided by professionals such as McDonald Schaefer advisors, nonprofits have the best probability of designing, improving and implementing successful development programs that produce sustainable gift income.


  • We believe the bedrock of successful long-term fundraising is the genuine relationships you build with your constituents and stakeholders.


  • We believe in donor-centered development: Putting the donor’s interest first, promptly expressing sincere appreciation for support and regularly informing the donor about the impact of their gift.