Make Every Ask Count
Abacus™ Major Donor Calculator is a methodical planning tool that quantifies expectations for major fundraising efforts and related individual Asks specific to your organization. It is accurate and predictive for:
- Bold yet respectful 3-year pledge Asks and highly predictive Pledge Goals
- Donor pipeline valuation and prioritization
- Gift officer portfolio valuation, readiness, and management
Intuitive. Proven. Credible.
The Calculator uses a methodical, intuitive, and proven process that normalizes philanthropic capacity estimates and computes bias-free donor data relevant to your organization. The result is guidance on your readiness to make a request, a credible 3-year pledge Ask amount, and a Pledge Goal you can expect.
The Calculator’s aspirational Asks and expected Goals are credible, accurate, and predictive of Actual Pledge outcomes. The Calculator normalizes traditional wealth service philanthropic capacity estimates that often vary widely.
See Individual Outcomes
Predictive Goals within
of Actual Pledges¹
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¹Based on the median of cumulative results. Individual results will vary.
²Validated over eight years using two donor case studies to be within 5% of advancement officers’ median Ask responses that wildly varied from $25,000 to $250,000 and $155k to $2.95M, respectively.
An Advanced Major Donor Pipeline Planning Tool
At the core of every successful advancement program is an intentional effort to build and prioritize a major donor pipeline and optimize major donor giving. The Calculator offers a powerful predictive tool to advancement offices for pipeline planning and gift conversation preparation.
Summary of Plans
Prepare for Bold Asks with Greater Readiness & Confidence
- Up to 3 profiles/month
- Basic Ask Results, Library, and Support
Plan & Predict Major Donor
- Unlimited profiles
- Full Ask & Goal Results
- Full Planner Library
Even Greater Ask Confidence &
- Choose a sector with additional profile inputs for greater donor specificity
Management Visibility For
- Multiple users & locations
- Management View
- Team Training & Support
Abacus Major Donor Calculator was created by Larry Raff, President of Copley Raff Inc. Larry has over 40 years of serving as a consultant and front-line advancement executive. He has worked with more than 200 stakeholder organizations and as counsel to campaigns from $2M to $200M.
The Calculator was born out of the Master Gift Officer™ program, which improves the quality and professionalism of advancement executives and is credited with providing transformational insights that vastly improve major gift performance.
“Abacus, our major donor ask calculator, is the strategic architect of our philanthropic ambitions at the San Diego Food Bank. Much like the instrument it’s named after, Abacus systematically computes the optimal equations for meaningful contributions, turning aspirations into actionable plans. In the realm of fundraising, it becomes the silent partner, ensuring every ask is finely tuned, maximizing the support we garner, and empowering us to build a more resilient and well-fed community.” Ines Munguia, Development Services Supervisor, The Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, CA
“Abacus is the solution that picks up where wealth estimates leave off, to give me Asks that I can count on.” Melissa Kogut, VP of Development, Riverside Community Care, MA
“I am not easily impressed; Abacus is incredibly accurate and amazing. I recommend it to anyone engaging in a campaign or working in major donor fundraising.” Lauren Dorn-Jones, Senior Development Officer, Cambridge Health Alliance Foundation, MA
“I am amazed! The wealth estimate was not particularly helpful in this situation, but Abacus literally suggested almost the exact 7-figure amount the donor gave to the Center.” Natalee Martin, VP of Development, Seacoast Science Center, NH
“At last, there is a reliable process for fundraisers to determine Asks and predict campaign feasibility! We are eager to use Abacus with our nonprofit clients to maximize their major donor fundraising and campaign outcomes.” David Garamella, Founder and CEO of The Giving Collaborative, CT