Frances Caan

Frances Caan, Non Profit Consulting, Inc.


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Frances Caan, Non Profit Consulting, Inc.
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2236 Orrington Ave
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Fran Caan
Company Overview
Frances S. Caan Non-profit Consulting offers a comprehensive array of hands-on consulting services for charitable organizations.

After a careful and thoughtful evaluation, you'll be provided with actionable and realistic recommendations that are specific to your strategic plan and to the fulfillment of your mission.
* Interim Executive Leadership
* Expert, tailored counsel to ensure the success of start-up 501c 3s
* Infrastructure analysis and development
* Assistance drafting your Policies and Procedures
* Leadership Training
* Budget & Financial Management Counsel
* Annual & Major Gift and Capital Campaign Fundraising Counsel
* Strategic Planning Retreats
* Staff, Volunteer and Board Training
* Promotional Campaign Video direction, production
Practice Areas
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Interim Leadership
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Strategic planning
  • Writing/Editing
Client List
Taste of Evanston/Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club
Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary
St. Chrysostom's Church and Day school
Santa for a Day
Elgin School District U-46
St. Athanasius
Testimonial 1
“Fran Caan has an excellent work ethic, strong intellect and dedication to developing effective programs to benefit the community.” Leonard S., Founding Chairman & CEO, Wellpoint, Inc. (now Anthem, Inc.)
Testimonial 2
“The innovative and results-driven approach to fundraising embraced by ETHS’s Foundation Board and its staff serves as a model for other schools throughout the country. Our congratulations and wishes for its continued success.”
Bill H., Chairman of the Board National School Found. Assn
Testimonial 3
“Taxpayers owe Fran Caan a debt of gratitude, as she saves them over $500,000 yearly on improvements at ETHS.” Charles B., Evanston Now News

Publications & Articles

Article 1
Non-profit Organizations Surviving the Pandemic
Article 2
Fran Caan: How Non-Profits Can Succeed Now

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Speaker Bio
Frances S. Caan
Fran Caan has twenty years of experience as a fundraiser and senior leader of charitable organizations. She currently runs a consulting business working with nonprofits in the Chicagoland area. Her services include interim staffing. From 2017-2020, Fran served as an Interim Advancement Director and sole fundraising staff member at a parish in Chicago’s Gold Coast, for whom she raised over $11 million for Capital Improvements. Until 2016 she served as Executive Director of the ETHS Educational Foundation, a foundation she started in 2007 which brought in $1 million+ annually and boasted a $3.6 million endowment by 2016. Prior to that, Fran raised funds for the Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, where she was responsible for the organization's annual appeal, recognition programs, managing its legacy society and solicitor training. Fran has expertise in strategic planning, creating promotional materials, directing annual and capital campaigns, major gifts, planned giving programs, and Board training.
Since 2005 Fran has been actively involved with the Chicago Council on Planned Giving for which she served as a Trustee and Co-Chair of its membership committee 2013-2019. She also chaired its 2014 and 2015 annual symposia. She is a member and past Trustee of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club and co-launched its annual Taste of Evanston fundraiser in 2015, which she continues to co-direct. Fran also currently serves as a Trustee of the Woman’s Club of Evanston’s Charitable Foundation and member of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits. Fran earned her undergraduate degree from Boston College and a Master's Degree in Non-profit Administration from NorthPark University.
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Non-Profit Organizations Surviving the Pandemic
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People are anxious about the dire news reports constantly swirling around us. People are lonely. People are feeling the financial repercussions of businesses being shut down. Donors are not welcoming communications from charitable organizations that aren’t addressing their current concerns. In fact, a dismissive approach or a business-as usual approach in an email can result in people opting out from receiving further communications for your nonprofit.

On the bright side, we are seeing that charitable giving is not declining – nor has it in the past during times of disaster. We still have homeless to care for. We still have churches to build and injustices to speak out against. What we are currently witnessing is a re-prioritization of our philanthropy. Our donors are turning their attention to NGOs and local charitable organizations whose missions support health related causes. Americans are extremely charitable. UNICEF, The Red Cross, The Rotary Foundation, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and Homeless Shelters, to name a few, are effectively communicating with donors about the importance of their missions and we are listening.

It is ok for an art museum or a folk music school to take a deep breath, take a brief respite from “making asks” and allow caring for the physical and emotional well-being of others to take precedence. We can all agree on this.

And then, in the weeks to come, gradually our fears will abate. Our shops will reopen and, in time, we will allow ourselves the luxury of supporting the many other noble causes that may be more cultural or academic in nature and less focused on crisis management. It’s all good. Let’s be patient. We are learning to live at a slower pace and we are becoming more beautiful, more thoughtful. Aren’t we impressed by the passion of our young teenagers and college kids talking about fairness and equity?

As for our economic outlook, relative to charitable giving: So far, the US. Financial system has survived the initial shock of the coronavirus crisis, thanks in part to the actions taken by the Federal Reserve. But, another shock may be coming, as millions of people and businesses fall behind on obligations such as mortgages and corporate loans. It would behoove leaders of nonprofit organizations to study and revise their 2021 annual budgets. Now is the time to invest in fundraising and communications staff. Stewardship is key. Do not accept inertia. Let’s keep up the no-cost newsletters and outreach and consider how we might modify our programming to appeal to a changing audience. Let’s take time to consider what our communities need and what resources we have to serve them.

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