Success Stories

I recommend The FOCUS Group as highly as any consultant I have ever worked with. Brad and his team have helped us to far exceed goals on our last two campaigns. The FOCUS Group combines wisdom with clarity. Their steps are proven over scores of campaigns from small to large, and they provide you with the systems and tools you will need for success. They are kind and great to work with for sure, but they will not shy away from telling you how to reach your goal and what impediments are preventing that. These folks are smart, missional, and super fun! I really enjoy working with them and absolutely recommend them as highly as possible.ANDREW R. GINSBERG, VP/Director of Advancement, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
Where do you begin as a 65-year old institutional membership association seeking to raise capital that will take your organization to a whole new level? We had virtually no donors, no strategy, frankly, no business attempting such an endeavor--except the clear prompting that God was up to something. I am so grateful we enlisted the help of The FOCUS Group. Brad Layland, Ted Rodgers, and their colleagues helped us refine our case, develop strategy, research, rehearse, and refine major donor appeals, craft campaign communications, and much more. We are especially appreciative of Brad and his team’s evident belief in and practice of biblical generosity. Their partnership in faith combined with their steady insistence upon execution and follow-through kept us on course and on task. Thanks be to God, we surpassed our campaign goal by a healthy margin, but more importantly, we grew our faith and that of our member institutions through the process. We could not have done it without The FOCUS Group.RALPH ENLOW, JR.President, Association for Biblical Higher Education
If you chart the transformation in our thinking and behavior, you will find Taking Donors Seriously® at the fork in our financial road... it is now an integral thread woven throughout the fabric of Young Life.DENNY RYDBERG, Past President of Young Life
We are thankful for our relationship with The FOCUS Group and have benefited greatly from their development experience and knowledge. Brad Layland has a been significant partner in the last few years with our Essentials of Development training. Not only are his expertise and presentation skill first class, but his attitude and servant-heart is apparent in all his interactions with our constituents.JOHN FRANKLIN Program Director, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Thank you once again for your excellent teaching – I know I feel more equipped and ready to ask now. And thanks for your example of generosity in sharing your time – which you have little of – with organizations that can’t afford you. Really grateful that you are helping to make our team flourish.EMILY SOLWAY, Advisor to the President, The Bowery Mission & Kids With Promise
The help of The FOCUS Group has been invaluable. You came alongside our Capital Campaign Manager and gave her the training, encouragement and guidance that she needed in a manner that was sensitive, insightful and respectful. We deeply appreciate your expertise and the way you freely shared it with us. Your eagerness to help us succeed was very evident and much appreciated.Major James Baker, Corps Officer, The Salvation Army Bremerton Corps
While serving at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, we launched a $54 million capital campaign. About half way through the campaign, I knew we needed some help so we sought campaign counsel from Brad Layland and The FOCUS Group. We were thoughtfully trained and counseled in capital campaign strategies and management. The end of the story is that the campaign ended on time, above goal and under budget. " BARRY H. COREY, President, Biola University