Case Study:

Chimp Haven

THE CLIENT

Since 2005, Chimp Haven has welcomed more than 400 retired chimpanzees to their new “forever home.”  As the federally designated national chimpanzee sanctuary, all federally owned chimps that had been used for biomedical and other research purposes must be retired to Chimp Haven. There they spend the rest of their lives living in an expansive natural habitat and in large social groups – just like in the wild.

Highlights

Support

At the completion of the campaign planning study in early 2015, S&W was asked to continue to support Chimp Haven’s CEO and small development department in the creation of a full case for support, a business plan for the expansion project, a digital outreach assessment and plan, and a full capital campaign plan.

Staffing

In 2016 new CEO, Rana Smith, was hired and Schultz & Williams assisted in the transition process. It became clear that the capital campaign, which was just being launched as she was hired, would require the kind of senior level supervision and counsel that was not available to her at the time. S&W was asked to provide that senior level interim development staffing, which continued through 2019.

Success

Nearly 150 chimpanzees have come home to Chimp Haven since we began our work, with more coming all the time. These new arrivals come to a Chimp Haven with three new large open, natural habitats, 2 new large open-air corrals, new support and mess facilities and brand-new living and sleeping quarters.

The Challenges

When the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ended federally funded biomedical research on chimpanzees, Chimp Haven leaders knew that the existing 250 chimps then living at Chimp Haven would be joined in the coming years by at least another 200 chimps still living in cages in research facilities around the county. This would require a significant expansion of the existing facilities which called for a capital campaign of approximately $20 million.

 

Welcome Them Home Expansion Campaign

The Solution

Schultz & Williams began its still on-going partnership with Chimp Haven in 2014 by designing and executing a campaign planning study to identify likely donors and test a case for support for the expansion plans. During this planning study S&W identified a lead donor prospect that would eventually provide a $10 million gift to the Welcome Them Home campaign.

At the completion of the campaign planning study in early 2015, S&W created a full case for support, a business plan for the expansion project, a digital outreach assessment and plan, and a full capital campaign plan. In 2016, S&W was engaged to provide senior level interim development staffing in order to provide them with necessary supervision and counsel to implement the capital campaign.

During that time S&W also provided digital marketing assistance, wealth screening and donor analytics, worked with Smith on board and leadership development, and helped to create and manage a move management system and to migrate that system to a Raiser’s Edge database.

Today, with the Welcome Them Home campaign in its public phase and nearing completion, Schultz & Williams continues to provide senior campaign counsel, wealth screening and data analytics to Chimp Haven.

S&W is proud to have played an important part in making it possible for these worthy animals, so much like us in so many ways, to live out their lives among friends and cared for by an incredibly dedicated staff.

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