"I have hired Harris Connect at three universities, Humboldt State, Santa Clara, and CSU Northridge. I inherited them at Trinity U of San Antonio, and when I became VP at each of the three other schools, one of my first moves was to bring them on board. They moved the numbers across the board, big time! If you hire them and do what they say your numbers will go up; credit card gifts, first time donors, recurring gifts, average gift size, total donors, total raised."
Robert D. Gunsalus, Ph.D., Vice President for Advancement and President of the Foundation, California State University, Northridge
"The Harris Connect team was not only easy to work with, but they were all very helpful with any questions or concerns we had. They made the entire process a positive experience."
Andy Marafino, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Bishop Montgomery High School
"Harris Connect provided excellent customer service during our directory process."
Janet L. Johnson, Director of Alumni and Volunteer Services, University of Southern Indiana
"Harris Connect helped us with our last capital campaign in the early 2000s, so they were the natural choice for us this time around. They started by reaching out to 45,000 of our members by email and post, and then followed up by phone. By the time we were two-thirds of the way through – we’d already almost reached our pledge goal. Not only were we getting a great response, we were getting donations that were larger than expected. Members who typically pay $60 to $120 per year for their memberships were pledging an average of $320 for our capital ask, and those with $175 or higher memberships were consistently pledging $1,000 or more. We even had several members make $5,000 and $10,000 pledges right over the phone. We were so happy with the results we added 15,000 more members to the outreach and extended the calling program from January into April."
Amanda Nappier, Manager, Member & Community Campaigns, Saint Louis Zoo
"When we embarked on the Harris Connect project, we had one objective: to clean up a database that had suffered from decades of indifference. Little did we know that we’d launched one of the most effective engagement exercises in our history. We are impressed with the professional conduct of Harris Connect, the participation of our alumni and the final product. Harris Connect delivered exactly what we agreed to, on time and budget."
Rob Gilgan, Alumni Development Coordinator/Community Relations, Red Deer College