Experienced Fundraising Consultant, Robert J. Crandall, Bob has mentored, trained, coached, and guided a variety of nonprofit organizations, ministries, higher education, college, museums, human service, social service, community colleges, foundations, Association of Fundraising Professionals in annual giving, major gifts, special events, individual giving, corporate giving, foundation giving, planned giving, capital campaigns, feasibility studies, annual fundraising plan. American Baptist Churches USA.
Robert J. Crandall
Founder and Senior Consultant
Bob Crandall founded Crandall, Croft & Associates in 1995 and has been working in fundraising for nearly 30 years.
Bob works with development offices of all sizes. His area of expertise has centered in three areas: first, capital campaigns and related activities such as feasibility studies and development audits, second, major gift training and setting up a program for major gifts, third, creating from inception the development office – with emphasis on developing a comprehensive plan. The plan includes setting policy, programs, hiring and mentoring the staff, and in less than one year creating a quality fundraising program. In addition, Bob evaluates and assesses ongoing development operations, making recommendations for program improvement. Bob has also served as a Senior Consultant with American City Bureau (ACB).
As the Director of Campaign Readiness for the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) he was responsible for providing leadership in assisting with the support of a nationwide feasibility study for $176 million and readying the denomination for this multi-million dollar campaign. Over last twenty-three years in fund raising, he has led several capital campaigns, each exceeding their goals, led the efforts in asking for several million-dollar gifts and numerous five and six figure gifts. Bob has also created from inception new fundraising and planned giving programs, instituted Heritage Clubs and developed major special events.
Crandall has served as the Vice President for Advancement for Jerusalem University College in Israel, as a fund-raising consultant for Bacone College, Rainbow Acres, First Baptist Church of Des Moines, Easter Seals Arc, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Sisters of Saint Benedict, Jesuit High School, Slovak-American International Cultural Foundation, Family Services, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, American Baptist Historical Society, Interfaith Hospitality Network, First Baptist Church Massillon -OH and other organizations. As Director of Major Gifts and consultant, he served at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, CA, from 1995-1998; Director of Development and later Executive Vice President at Bacone College from 1991-1995; and Executive Director of Development at the American Baptist-related University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD, from 1984-1989.
As a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Bob has served on the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Board of Directors, as the Vice Chair of Fundraising and as the FDC on the AFP Greater Philadelphia Board and program chair for AFP NE Indiana. He has completed training in the 2nd AFP Faculty Training Academy. He has been the featured speaker for various fund-raising gatherings from the West to the East in the United States and overseas in Brazil, India and Jordan and is known as a motivational speaker and presenter at the AFP International Conference. Most recently Bob was recognized at the AFP inaugural Leadership Academy, held in Lexington, KY October 11 & 12, 2007 as the recipient of the Barbara Marian Award for his Leadership and Service to AFP.