Ground breaking for St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin, Illinois following their $5.3M capital campaign

We identify strategies, tactics, processes, action steps, and timing to take your philanthropic results to the next level. 

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Our primary focus is on Fund Raising and Grant Writing through the following consulting services...

  • ​​​​Foundation Searches
  • Grant/Proposal Writing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Annual Giving Campaigns
  • Board/Staff Fundraising Training 
  • ​Fundraising Counsel
  • Executive Coaching


We specialize in small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations that need some independent and experienced fundraising assistance that also operate on "tight" budgets.  Many of our clients don't have a full-time Development Director and rely upon the Executive Director and/or volunteer Board to shoulder the fundraising responsibility.  


BIG NEWS!


Congratulations to Shalam Ministries!  For their Hero's Rest development campaign they have recently surpassed the $338,000 level, surpassing their original $250,000 goal.  Their underground utilities are now "in" and staff housing/office is currently under construction.  


WELCOME!

We have a new client --- World Gospel Outreach --- for foundation research and grant writing services. WGO provides medical missions to Honduras and Belize for 60,000 to 102,000 people annually along with 24/7/365 care for 60+ children until they reach age 18.  WGO conducts its work through 150+ local American church congregation volunteer teams.



BUSINESS AFFILIATION...

Taylor Philanthropic Services has partnered with a new venture, Midwest Studies Group of Cedar Falls, Iowa as an Editor and Assessor to provide remote services for feasibility studies and capital campaign advising. We join with former Cedar Falls Mayor Jim Brown and former Boys & Girls Club Exec Chuck Rowe in providing consulting services to businesses, community, governmental and nonprofit organizations throughout Iowa.   



COVID-19 ALERT...

Has your nonprofit organization cancelled all if its special events?  Have you lost anticipated  and budgeted revenue from those planned special events?  Do you have programs that were supposed to happen that generated income that are now lost?  


Consider adding or increasing your foundation research and grant writing to help offset lost direct income and revenue.  Consider increasing your annual giving campaigns.  


Want to discuss possibilities for alternative means and methods?  Just give us a call at 847-977-2473.  We are here to help and can do so remotely without meeting in-person by phone, Zoom, Facetime, or GoogleDuo.


We moved to Florida! 

Effective September 3, 2019 our address is 3490 Embers Lane, Clermont, Florida 34711.  The phone number and email remains the same --- 847-977-2473 and SJTaylor1954@gmail.com.


 


New Client!  In June 2019, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra has returned as a client as we are now conducting foundation research and grant writing services for them.  Thanks, Eric Larson - Executive Director!


Construction is complete for the new Teen Center for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley in Waterloo, Iowa.  This campaign originally had a goal of $4M for their capital campaign which was increased several times from $4M to $4.5M to $5M to $5.5M --- and wound up raising $6.3M!


Construction is complete on the new St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin.  Construction is almost fully complete.  This capital campaign raised $5.3M, compared with its feasibility study which found that $3M to $3.5M could be raised for the project.  


The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is one of our "Executive Coaching" clients that recently utilized our ongoing coaching session to net some great results --- "Giving Tuesday" for 2019 had a goal of $1,250 and actually raised $5,330!  The Wolf Oak Woods Project had a year-end goal of $15,000 and produced $28,000 in dollars raised.  It's great to see our collaborative work with a client to succeed with such great results.  Congratulations!


​The John R. Halligan Charitable Fund just awarded a $5,000 grant for 2018-2019 to the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, one of our grant writing clients.  Last year, this was a new grant for our client and this year is a renewal for the same amount.


The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra for the 2018-2019 season.  This grant renewal will greatly benefit one of our multi-year clients, the Northbrook Symphony --- the North Shore's most exciting orchestra!​


NEW CLIENT!


Community Crisis Center of Elgin, IL became a new client for foundation search and grant writing services along with executive coaching for their endowment/major gifts initiative.  Welcome to this outstanding local nonprofit organization!  We look forward to working with their Executive Director, Gretchen Vapnar and their Development Director, Lisa Winchel.



RENEWED CLIENT!


Center for Disabilities Services of Joliet, IL has renewed as a foundation search and grant writing services client for a second year.  We look forward to working with Interim CEO, Larry Burich and their Development Director, Gina Wysocki.   


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Organizations and Agencies Assisted...


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St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church (IL)


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley (IL)


Shalam Ministries (IL)


Main Street Waterloo (IA)


Cedar Valley Sports Commission (IA)


Friends of the Family of Northeast Iowa (IA)


World Gospel Outreach (TX) for programs delivered in Honduras and Belize


​Police Athletic League of Orlando/Apopka (FL)


Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra (FL)


Boy Scouts of America - National Council and Various Local Councils


Learning for Life - National Organization (TX)


Crossing Borders Music Collective (IL)


Haitian-American Museum of Chicago (IL)


Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois (IL)


DeKalb (IL) Public Library


​Safe Passage of DeKalb (IL)


Service of Illinois, Inc. (IL)


Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (IL)


​Foundry Educational Foundation (IL)


Northbrook Symphony Orchestra (IL)


Elderday Center (IL)


PRAY, Inc. (MO)


​PRAY Endowment Trust (MO)


Presbyterian Church of Barrington (IL)


March of Dimes of North Central Florida (FL)


Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity (VA)


Bethlehem Community Center (SC)


Historic Spartanburg Trust (SC)


Show You Care Kane (IL)


Ben Salzberg for State Senate (IL)


Day One Network, Inc. (IL)


Fox West Philanthropic Network (IL)


Association of Fundraising Professionals- Piedmont Chapter (SC)


Children's Trust Fund of South Carolina (SC)


Department of Human Services, Life Choices Project (IL)


Communicators for Women Religious (IL)


Center for Disability Services (IL)


St. Procopius Abbey (IL)


Sanborn Western Camps (CO and KS)


The Land Conservancy of McHenry County​​ (IL)


​Dogs On The Go Assistance Dogs (IL)


​United Way of Central Kane County (IL)


Greater Toledo (OH) YMCA


Beatrice (NE) Family YMCA


​Austin (MN) Community Recreation Center/YMCA


Spencer (IA) Family YMCA


Miami Valley (OH) YMCA


Norfolk (NE) YMCA


Washington (IA) YMCA


St. Bede Academy (IL)


Boys & Girls Clubs in Southern Arizona (AZ)


Community Crisis Center of Elgin (IL)


And many others...



EXECUTIVE COACHING RECENT RESULTS


Taylor Philanthropic Services coached two separate organizations through their recent "end of the year" giving campaigns.​ 


One organization typically raised $5,000 with their best effort neting $10,000.  With our coaching this organization netted $33,570 for their recent year-end campaign.


The second organization typically raised $50,000 for their end of the year giving campaigns.  With coaching from us this non-profit raised over $70,000.


2018 GRANT WRITING RESULTS


Stephen J. Taylor recently researched, developed, wrote, edited, submitted AND won the following successful grants for clients:


$14,700 for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra's general operating budget from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


​$100,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley's capital campaign from The Principal Financial Group


​$8,500 for the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County in Arizona from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona for its Triple Play Program


$475,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley's capital campaign from the Black Hawk Gaming Commission


$10,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley's capital campaign from Community Bank and Trust Foundation


$50,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley's capital campaign from Wells Fargo Bank Foundation


$15,000 for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra's general operating budget's concert season from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation


$3,000 for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra's general operating budget from the Wesselink Family Foundation


$25,000 for the Norfolk Family YMCA's capital campaign from the Krutsinger Family Foundation


$11,800 for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra's general operating budget from the Illinois Arts Council Agency


$300 for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra from The Rosenson Family Foundation



2017 GRANT WRITING RESULTS


$1,000,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley's capital campaign from the Otto Shoitz Foundation


$800,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley's capital campaign from an anonymous foundation


$250,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley's capital campaign from the Guernsey Foundation


​$250,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley's capital campaign from the Ron Young Family Foundation


$250,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley's capital campaign from the McElroy Trust


$50,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley's capital campaign from the Gallagher Family Foundation


$50,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley's capital campaign from the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa


$25,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley's capital campaign from the LSB Foundation (Lincoln Savings Bank)


$10,000 for Service of Will, Grundy, and Kankakee Counties from the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation


$5,000 for the Center for Disability Services in Joliet (IL) from the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation


$5,000 for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra from the Negaunee Foundation


$5,000 for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra from the John R. Halligan Charitable Fund


$4,800 for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra from the Illinois Arts Council Agency


$2,500 for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra from the Wesselink Family Foundation


​$2,000 for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra from The Wagner Foundation












Hero's Rest staff housing and workshop arrive on-site as the first structures for Shalam Ministries.  This mini-development campaign's goal was originally slated to raise $250,000, then increased to raise $320,000, and actually raised $338,000.  

PLANNING

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SEASONED PROFESSIONALS...


  • CFRE Accredited
  • Past President of Fox West Philanthropic Network, Past Vice President, and Past Co-Chair of Philanthropy Day
  • Past President of Piedmont Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Certified BSA Grant Writer
  • Certified BSA Basic/Advanced Endowment Development
  • BSA Fellowship Honor
  • BSA James E. West Fellow (Twice)
  • Paul Harris Fellow for Rotary International
  • Illinois Department of Human Services - Office of the Inspector General - Rule 50 - Trained and Certified
  • South Carolina - Chaired a Statewide Commission as a Volunteer Leader, "Children's Trust Fund of South Carolina"
  • Served on three National Board of Directors, President/Chair of two and Vice President of the third
  • Millions $$$$$ Raised -- Professional and Proven Results 




Taylor Philanthropic Services uses surveys, interviews, independent authoritative sources, observation, and analysis to conduct a comprehensive audit of your philanthropic results.

Ground breaking for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley for their new Teen Center in Waterloo, Iowa following their $6.3 Million capital campaign


The start of construction for Hero's Rest of Shalam Ministries with new underground utilities on 55 acres for their rustic retreat center for first responders

Taylor Philanthropic Services monitors Key Performance Indicators and then adjusts tactics as needed.

Let us help YOU!

Call 847-977-2473

IMPLEMENTation

New "Teen Center" for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley in Waterloo, Iowa

Stephen with Cheryl and Carissa of Shalam Ministries following an executive coaching session for their Hero's Rest mini-development campaign

CONSULTING Services to help you and your organization...

EFFICIENCIES

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS...​


"Steve Taylor is knowledgeable, insightful, has a great sense of humor and genuinely cares about his clients. As my Executive Director coach, Steve has helped me with a capital campaign, strategic planning, grant writing and by being there to listen and empathize with situations that only another ED can really understand. I miss our monthly breakfast meetings, but am so glad he has continued coaching via Zoom!"


Lisa Haderlein, Executive Director

​The Land Conservancy of McHenry County





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New construction at DeKalb Public Library in DeKalb, Illinois




"Thanks for piloting us through the Capital Campaign!  It was smooth sailing thanks to your leadership.  We enjoyed working with you."


Sally and Mike DeFauw, Capital Campaign Solicitors

DeKalb Public Library


















New construction of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin, Illinois - new church, new educational classrooms, and new administrative wing - all part of a $5,500,000 capital campaign


​"Thank you for your help in getting us to this point.  You got us off to a great start!  We hope you can join us as we celebrate this milestone (groundbreaking for their new church building) in our church's history."


Betsy Cappas, Marketing Task Force Co-Chair

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church


















New construction of the Teen Center for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley - $5,500,000 raised for a new Teen Center, renovations on their existing clubhouse, and establishing a new building fund endowment



"When starting out, our capital campaign organization was very excited, but being that we have never done one in recent history, we were a bit lost on where to start and how to go through the process of a campaign.  We would have never reached our goal without them."


Chuck Rowe, CEO

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley

























"I have known Stephen Taylor for over seven years as a professional associate and close friend.  I have partnered with him while I was Executive Director of United Way of Central Kane County, Illinois.  Some of the initiatives were Fox West Philanthropy Network and Day One Network.  In his role as President of Fox West he moved the organization to another level of fundraising and governance.  When he was Executive Director of Day One, he professionalized the operations and increased their fundraising.  I have found him to be someone who is extremely competent, responsible, team focused, and efficient.  He has excellent verbal and written communications skills with a good rapport with people.  He is a highly energetic  and enthusiastic  person which energizes others on the team."  


Paula Yensen, Ph.D., Executive Director - Retired

United Way of Central Kane County























"Taylor Philanthropic Services has provided top notch professional guidance, valuable networking opportunities, and useful feedback from supporters for my non-profit, Shalam Ministries.  Stephen Taylor is dedicated and focused in his work for his clients, no matter their size or need.  Taylor's decades of experience and personable disposition make him an exceptional asset to any organizations!  His work has been extremely helpful to our team."


Carissa Remillard

Development Director

​Shalam Ministries/Hero's Rest

























"I have had the good fortune of working with Stephen twice as Executive Director of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Both times he came well prepared to every meeting and his follow up was always prompt and thorough."


Kathy Mathews, Executive Director - Retired

Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra

























"I appreciate your professionalism.  You can use me as a reference if you ever need one."


Frank A. DiBartolomeo, President and CEO

Service, Inc. of Illinois
























​​"Thank you so much for your patience and time for the Board Retreat.  The Haitian American Museum of Chicago is grateful for the devotion and professionalism.   We appreciate the assistance that you have provided and hope to use your services in the future."


Elsie Hector-Hernandez, Founder and President

Haitian-American Museum of Chicago




"Under the expert leadership of Stephen J. Taylor, Taylor Philanthropic Services is my first place I go for a keenly developed analysis of organizational needs and for guidance on developing an organization to meet those needs.  After working directly with Steve on several projects, I can attest that his knowledge, wisdom, responsiveness, and experience had lead to successful outcomes."


Peter N. Mastopoulos, Ed.D.

Professor and Community Volunteer

Savannah, Georgia




"I got excellent comments about the Board Retreat and expect to hear more this coming Thursday.  Thanks again for your work on our behalf."


Virginia Peschke, Executive Director

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois



"Stephen J. Taylor brought to us the considerable talents and insights he's gained over his decades of experience in the field.  He is strategic, organized, positive, and friendly.  I know many other organizations will also benefit from his work in ways that achieve their goals and generate revenue."


Tom Clowes, Founder and President

Crossing Borders Music Collective















Epstein Family Dining Pavilion at Napowan Adventure Base in Wild Rose, Wisconsin constructed for the Northwest Suburban Council and now operated by the Pathways to  Adventure Council, Chicago, Illinois



"I am impressed with the work Steve has done for the Northwest Suburban Council.  Since he took over the Council as the Scout Executive, there has been a resurgence in activity with the Council.  He has weathered the storm of tight budgets and strives to oversee the process for getting the most qualified volunteers for key Council positions.  We are fortunate to have an Executive with the drive and enthusiasm for the Scouting Movement."


J. Kevin Chapman, Executive Board Member

National Account Manager, JMR Graphics





"Unanimously, the PRAY Board wants to thank you and acknowledge your outstanding leadership and guidance to PRAY."


Brad Nesheim, Board President of PRAY

Scout Executive/CEO - Heart of Virginia Council





"Congratulations on earning a 'Far Exceeds' rating for your hard work and leadership.  You and your staff can certainly be proud of another great year -- in what may have been one of the toughest financial markets in recent memory!  Your team hit it all, membership & unit growth; balanced budget; capital funding; key volunteer recruiting and more!"


Kendrick J. E. Miller, Deputy Regional Director

Boy Scouts of America, Central Region





Once we have organizational and executive commitment,  we oversee the implementation process from start to finish.

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