Together, we overfulfilled the Michigan Humane Society’s mission.

With our help, MHS opened the Dresner Foundation Animal Care Campus in Detroit and raised more than $16 million—exceeding their initial goal by nearly $4 million.

The situation.

The oldest and largest animal welfare organization in the state of Michigan, the Michigan Humane Society provides a wide breadth of services aimed at not only alleviating animal suffering, but also reducing and ending the root causes of animal welfare issues. We were brought on board to provide counsel for a capital campaign establishing a state-of-the art facility in Detroit’s North End neighborhood, ultimately increasing MHS’s capacity to provide much needed animal welfare services in the area. The initial campaign goal was $12 million.

They have a knowledge base that is much much deeper, a great skill set, and resources that allow them to be a more effective consulting firm.

The process.

To better understand the resources, activities, and outcomes of fundraising at MHS, we conducted a Program Assessment. We oversaw a fundraising staff reorganization, and provided executive search counsel for a new Vice President of Development, Major Gift Officer, and Development Coordinator.

Over the course of the campaign, we expanded our partnership to provide not only executive coaching and case development, but also strategic counsel designed to maximize fundraising success. When the campaign’s gifts and pledges climbed to approximately $12.5 million, the Board of Directors authorized an increase in the goal to $15.5 million and continued the engagement with R+R to develop a strategy to achieve the new goal and, ideally, grow beyond.

In the spring of 2016, MHS celebrated the opening of the Dresner Foundation Animal Care Campus in Detroit and the successful completion of their campaign, which raised more than $16 million. The five-acre campus includes a 35,000-square foot, state-of-the-art animal care center with separate entrances for an adoption center, animal intake, and veterinary center. The site supports high volume cruelty investigation, rescue teams, play yards, a community education center, and in-shelter dog and cat training. It is truly a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization and economic development.