Questions to Consider

Things to Consider in Choosing a Consultant

Once you decide to retain counsel, determining which firm is the best fit for your organization is among the most critical issues you will face. As you continue to explore the relative advantages of one consulting firm over another, we urge you to consider the following:

With whom will I be working?

We will work with you from the outset to assure a good fit between you and your consultant. It is one of the reasons we recommend that you meet and talk with our consultants before you request a proposal. 

Marts & Lundy consultants join the firm with an average of 20 years of service to philanthropy. Peruse the consultant biographies posted on this website and you will find individuals with broad experience in philanthropy as well as individuals with niche specialties.

While each of our clients has one lead consultant with whom they work, many of our clients will have the occasion to work with a variety of Marts & Lundy specialists over the course of a consulting engagement. Even so, all this experience will have little meaning to you if the chemistry between you and your primary, lead consultant isn't right.

We strive to provide our clients with meaningful services that will meet each client's unique situation. In our initial conversations with you, we will listen carefully to what you have to say and will discuss with you which of our services will best help you realize your aspirations. In the event that Marts & Lundy is not the right firm for you, we will do our best to recommend other solutions.

Is there an advantage to working with a large firm versus working with a small firm or a local, sole practitioner?

What's most important is the quality of the advice you will receive. Marts & Lundy consultants live and work all over the United States and work all over the world. More importantly, they work together as colleagues on a wide variety of client endeavors - small, mid-sized and large; community-based to international in scope. They share information on the state of philanthropy with each other and their clients. They are the best informed, most knowledgeable, most experienced consultants in the industry today. They choose to work within a firm where they have rapid access to the best information and advancement specialists so that they can provide each client with the highest quality consulting services possible. Each consultant, and therefore each client, can draw on the resources of the entire firm - whether to work out a particularly thorny situation with your Board, to develop a unique benchmark analysis for your institution, to develop your communications plan, or to know the latest industry trends.

Do I need a consultant or an in-residence campaign manager?

Marts & Lundy rarely provides resident management for advancement programs. Typically we spend one to three days each month with a client in an advisory capacity. We see our position as that of a knowledgeable third party - providing strategic guidance supported by both experience and current data in the field. Where appropriate, in support of our strategic guidance, we can provide benchmarking studies, case statements or other written documents, workshops and the like. We do not, as a rule, sit in place of a permanent staff member in your offices. We believe that the best advancement programs use full-time staff members to manage day-to-day advancement operations. These individuals will be the institution's touch-point with constituents and build the institutional relationships so important to long-term success.

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