About Us

We are fundraising consultants driven by a singular mission: to equip your organization with the fundraising tools you need to deliver a greater impact on your community. We work exclusively with small and midsize nonprofits, which often have the fewest resources to devote to development. We help them raise money more effectively and more efficiently to maximize their return on investment.

We use our proprietary Development 360 process to understand where your development program stands today, identify opportunities for improvement, collaboratively design a plan to address key challenges, implement the plan, and monitor its results. We also offer coaching and training for executive leadership, board members and anyone in your organization who is handling any aspect of development work, whether on a full-time or part-time basis. Unlike many fundraising consultants, we offer a pricing model that is sensitive to your budget, and we’ve even created strategies you can use to generate support for the process.

Chris Smith Impact Methods LLC

Impact Methods Founder & CEO Chris Smith left a successful career in finance to make a meaningful impact on the world. He draws upon his expertise in development, marketing, and management to help nonprofits raise funds and communicate their mission and impact to their constituents more effectively and efficiently.

Chris shows organizations how to identify and engage potential donors (individuals, corporations, and foundations), inviting them as partners to achieve an impact that resonates with them personally and aligns with the nonprofit’s mission. Using this donor-centric model, he has participated in two separate billion dollar campaigns and personally secured gifts in excess of $3 million.

Specialties include: fundraising, philanthropy, stewardship, development, major gifts, planned giving, tax-advantaged giving, trusts, estate planning, financial planning, campaigns, events planning, marketing strategy, brand management, consulting, coaching, training, social media marketing, digital marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), Facebook Ads, Google AdWords, design thinking, public speaking, podcasting.

Our Services


Development 360

Strategic Planning

Operational Best Practices

Executive & Board Leadership

Development Staff

Group or One-on-One


Donor Communications

Data Management & Analysis