Experienced Fundraising Consultant, CFRE, Robert Croft 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.
Principal and Senior Consultant
Robert Croft joined the firm in 2007 and has more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, including 17 in fundraising roles.
Robert takes a thorough analytic and strategic thinking approach to evaluating and guiding fundraising efforts. Having developed his skills at organizations with few fundraising staff, he has become proficient in all aspects of annual fund development, from direct mail to monthly giving programs, planned giving, donor communications and marketing, special events and capital campaigns. As a consultant, he has directed numerous capital campaigns, conducted development audits and created comprehensive annual giving programs for various sized nonprofit organizations.
Current and recent clients Robert has worked with include Starke County Historical Society (Knox, IN), Ivy Tech Community College, Northwest Region (Valparasio, IN), Texas Public Policy Foundation (Austin, TX), Rainbow Acres (Camp Verde, AZ), West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation (Parkersburg, WV), Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County (Fort Wayne, IN), Center for Non-Violence (Fort Wayne, IN), Unity Performing Arts Foundation (Fort Wayne, IN), The ASH Centre (Fort Wayne, IN), New Haven/Adams Township Parks and Recreation (New Haven, IN), Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Fort Wayne, the Allen County Museum and Historical Society (Lima, OH), Faith Baptist Church at Mill Creek (Batavia, IL), Presbyterian Manors of Mid America (Wichita, KS), the American Baptist Historical Society (Valley Forge, PA), and the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict (St. Joseph, MN).
Robert previously served as the Associate Director of Development for White's Residential and Family Services (a Friends/Quaker organization), where he was charged with all aspects of the annual fund and donor communications, including the creation of a new monthly donor program. He also assisted White's leadership with a $4.5 million capital campaign and was responsible for promoting and securing estate gifts. His prior position was the Director of Development for Georgia Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries. In that position he successfully completed two capital campaigns, developed a strategic plan to advance the overall development efforts (raising $4 million annually), and implemented a marketing plan for estate and planned giving.
He held the Certified Fund Raising Executive for 3 terms, has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 2000. He is a Past President of AFP Northeast Indiana Chapter, and has served on the Board of Directors for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy (National). In 2009, he served on the AFP North American Task Force that drafted the new AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course. Robert is a regular presenter of AFP educational programs, The Essentials of Fundraising, the CFRE Review Course, and fundraising workshops developed by Crandall, Croft & Associates. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, in political science and sociology from Georgia Southern University.