Cover of San Francisco SPCA Case Statement.Case Statements (and Proposals and Campaign Brochures)

You don't need a writer to create your case statement (or proposal). What you need is a creative, experienced, organized thinker who also writes well.

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A case statement is what, exactly?

Learn more about what a case statement is and does by downloading your own copy of the PDF version of the document I authored by the same name.

I stopped counting after my 200th case statement.

Development professionals and volunteers have secured well over a billion dollars in charitable gifts—and the loyalty of countless donors—using case statements I created for them. I'm extremely proud of their accomplishments, and happy to have played a small part in their success.

Case statements come in all shapes and sizes.

Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.

Successful fund raisers will tell you, it doesn't really matter how many or how few pages there are in your case statement. What matters is whether the document does the job.

Some of the case statements in my portfolio are only a page or two long, others are 100 pages, most fall somewhere in between. They seek charitable gifts ranging from five figures to nine. Some focus on a single need at an organization, such as a major piece of equipment or an endowed chair; others cover all of the organization's funding priorities. Together, these documents cover the full range of non-profit causes: from small community hospitals to major medical centers, from liberal arts colleges to engineering schools, from ballet companies to homeless shelters, from AIDS initiatives to the San Francisco Zoo.

Ask yourself these questions about your case statement:

  1. Will the case capture and hold the reader's attention?
  2. Will the case inspire and prepare fund raisers to ask for gifts?
  3. Will the case inspire donors to give?
  4. Will their gifts do good in the world?

Action steps to a winning case statement:

  • Listen—via interviews and surveys.
  • Study—everything about the organization and the initiative(s) at hand.
  • Analyze—all the data for patterns and highlights.
  • Organize—information, ideas, opinion, so they make sense and inspire action.
  • Motivate—everyone from your top leader to your smallest donor to feel a sense of urgency around the project or cause.
  • Draw people in—so they want to read your case statement. Even a loyal friend will tune out your story if it's full of jargon, cliches, puffery or muddled thinking. How you make your case is as important as what you say.

A few examples:

Read these case statements (Yes, some are now campaign brochures.) from my portfolio:

Adobe PDF Icon  Chinese Hospital of San Francisco - Acute Care Facility (168KB)
Adobe PDF Icon  Saint Mary's College of California (59MB)
Adobe PDF Icon  Robotic Surgery at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (168KB)
Adobe PDF Icon  InnVision (Homeless Services)  (62KB)
Adobe PDF Icon  Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital - Case for House Calls (11KB)

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Contact me (Gail Terry Grimes) to talk about the case for support of your worthy cause.