Helping Non-Profits Raise Money at Affordable Prices for 18 Years.
History and Philosophy of the Firm
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Founded in 1992, Wessebago's advice is rendered in straight-forward En­glish based on a combined fifty years consul­ting with, working in, and running the devel­op­ment offices of col­leges and uni­versities, independent schools, health care and social ser­vice orga­ni­zations, and the vi­su­al and perform­ing arts. We pro­vide the full spectrum of devel­op­ment ser­vices. We are committed to serving non-prof­its across the spectrum—from successful national orga­ni­zations to struggling local charities—hence bill our hours on a Sliding Scale based on Your op­erating rev­enues. We need to make a living, but, of equal importance, we want to be of ser­vice—to as­sist you in fulfill­ing your mandate to make the world a better place.

“There is no one in the fundraising profession who is better than Doug Gortner at getting your volunteers to feel comfortable with asking for money. The way he talks about fundraising is so simple, down-to-earth, and accessible that anyone can learn and apply his wisdom.”

Brandon P. Ferris,
Blackbaud Consultant
Testimonials
"Early in Doug's Planned Giving career, he came to Deerfield to design our first comprehensive program. We found that he was a creative marketer and able to reduce complicated legal/financial concepts to compelling vernacular. Doug also started several meaningful relationships and we continue to benefit from his earlier work. He understands the essence of relationship-building fundraising!"

David Pond
Associate Head for Advancement
Deerfield Academy
 
“I have known Doug Gortner for some years and, working at a neighboring institution, I marveled at how he transformed The Putney School’s Annual Fund and Endowment!  I have often sought his advice in the area of Planned Giving and found him to be original and knowledgeable in his approach. He is a good guy who really cares about his clients!”

Connie Sanderson
Kurn Hattin Homes,
Westminster, Vermont
 
“There is no one in the fundraising profession who is better than Doug Gortner at getting your volunteers to feel comfortable with asking for money. The way he talks about fundraising is so simple, down-to-earth, and accessible that anyone can learn and apply his wisdom.”

Brandon P. Ferris
Saint George's School,
Spokane, Washington
 
“When on campus, Doug is the eternal optimist, up-beat in the face of adversity and the epitome of the “can-do” approach to life.  I recommend him heartily as a proactive, self-motivated and tireless development professional.”

Brian Morgan
The Putney School,
Putney, Vermont

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