Our assessments dig deep to make sure you have the right people in the right positions doing the right things. A hard, honest look at the way an organization runs can feel intrusive, but CG&A takes great care to observe and understand the culture of an organization, its people, and its values. Each assessment is fully customizable and covers the following areas:

  • Organizational structure
  • Personnel evaluation
  • Board structure and engagement
  • Development office operations
  • Fundraising results and goals
  • Case for support
  • Marketing efforts
  • Overall team culture and direction



Understanding your “true north,” we deliver a report complete with action items and next steps to help you get there. Beyond assessment, we help you develop a donor strategy that moves your organization toward relational, long-term major giving.


We come alongside you to build and execute a sustainable fundraising development culture by providing extensive training and one-on-one coaching in every aspect of fundraising. We don’t practice a one and done approach, and we don’t want you to either. Our training and coaching services provide individual counsel in helping your fundraising team grow in the art and science of fundraising development.


Canaan Group & Associates understands the underlying business functions that support relationships. We build communications plans that help you develop a system for data, accountability, and key metrics—helping you track and reward communications efforts. A key aspect of any organization is how it gets its message out to the right folks. While there are many groups who do this well, marketing efforts are not always carefully integrated into the goals and efforts of development. We help clients by both evaluating current marketing initiatives and developing new ones, if needed. Other aspects of our systems service include


  • Branding
  • Building a case for support
  • Annual and capital campaign fundraising and communications plans
  • Public relations