The Challenge

To accelerate innovative rheumatoid arthritis research, Rheumatology Research Foundation needed to raise a minimum of $30 million for a new peer-review grant program. Funding areas comprised innovative, translational, clinical practice, novel clinical trials, and collaborative projects.

The Solution

CCS conducted planning study to test potential for an unprecedented campaign. CCS then guided the successful Within Our Reach campaign and helped the foundation surpass its goal.

The Impact

The Within Our Reach campaign created a culture of philanthropy within the foundation and, more importantly, among the physician leaders in the profession. CCS then helped the foundation conduct a successful $60 million effort to fund research endowments and programmatic support for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. Shortly after the campaign, the foundation engaged CCS to conduct a development assessment with a focus on staffing needs and a benchmarking analysis for post-campaign operations. The Foundation and CCS are now laying the groundwork to launch a nine-figure campaign in 2017.

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