Philanthropic Testimonials

"Tim Halpern and the staff at CPR are our fundraising partners. They provide complete profiles with the information needed to develop strategic questions for personal meetings and to select the best solicitors. I especially appreciate the CPR staff recommendations for additional research that are made in consideration of the School’s resources. Tim understands fundraising and he is helpful to me as I am determining ask amounts and solicitation strategies. I have been very impressed with the turn-around time on research requests. Our fundraising goals and timeline would not be possible without the partnership we have with CPR."

Mary K. Carrasco
Former Assistant Head of School for Advancement, Sidwell Friends School

"I have worked with CPR for more than a decade. In just a few short years, they helped us double the size of our special events. For our organization, we have realized a direct return on investment by using their research which is thorough and delivered on time. We deeply value their strategic approach to the business of philanthropy and their caring, passionate and professional approach to all that they do is highly effective. We recently received multiple $50,000 gifts from new prospects CPR uncovered for us. Our two best galas in terms of fundraising - in both cases, CPR found us terrific new prospects. Results like that make our investment in CPR’s research worth every penny."

J. Scott Leurquin
Director of Development, New York Landmarks Conservancy

"I have used CPR’s services since 1999. First, when I was managing major giving at Lincoln Center, then as CDO at the Innocence Project, and now in my current consulting work. They always do an outstanding job -- reliable, thorough, fast, and reasonably priced. I appreciate their client-centered approach. Recent research helped one client secure a $2.5 million pledge from a long-time $100,000 major donor."

Ed Boland
Former Chief Development Officer, Innocence Project and Development Consultant

"As a leading community foundation, we consider strategic initiatives carefully. Our vendors have to be flexible, nimble experts that can support a variety of needs fast. We turn to CPR looking for collaboration and guidance, as we raise large gifts to end homelessness, a key policy initiative. CPR’s experience and dexterity help us progress quickly. We are pleased to recommend them."

Angela Willingham
Managing Director, Development, Greater Washington Community Foundation

"We're a leading national agency, which places working dogs in a variety of careers. Tim Halpern and CPR uncovered new and untapped resources for our fundraising activities. They thoroughly researched and provided meaningful information on individual and foundation prospects. Our first win: $50,000 for capital improvements on our new building, which closed within a few months."

Linda Milanesi
CEO/President, Assistance Dogs of the West, Santa Fe, NM

"We partnered with CPR on raising funds for our Gala which is the centerpiece of our annual fundraising efforts. I’m pleased that the leads they provided enabled us to secure commitments from new donors and that the return on investment was notable. We find CPR to be a valuable partner who is strategic and dedicated to our needs."

Edward D. Sevilla
Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, USS Constitution Museum

"CPR, Tim Halpern, and his staff have been an invaluable partner in helping the National Aquarium expertly navigate the vast ocean that is prospect research. Their top-notch service always helps lead us to accurate information for our fundraisers to assess their portfolios and vet new prospects resulting in better time management and results. They’ve shown exemplary customer service with quick turnaround times and a hands-on approach. We particularly recommend CPR’s custom profile work to any organization looking to efficiently and effectively improve its bottom line."

Kristin Vitale
Manager, Events & Research, National Aquarium

"CPR regularly delivers research that contains valuable and unexpected insights, and they respond to our needs fast. I am pleased to recommend the firm."

David Siewert
National Philanthropic Advisor, Make-A-Wish America

"CPR's team has been phenomenal. The demands in today's economy can feel unrelenting. It’s one thing to ask for research and have your expectations met or exceeded, which CPR always does. But I also find it is very unique that a research firm is continually bringing me new ideas that help me. This firm's creativity, passion and innovation create some of the most helpful research products I’ve ever worked with. I enjoy working with CPR, the best in the business."

Renee Monroe
Senior Director, Resource Development, Save the Children

"I’m a researcher myself and have high standards. We’ve worked with the CPR team for several years and find their research to be both high quality and affordable. When we need outside help, we only call CPR -a friendly partner to collaborate with."

Dan Perrone
Associate Director, Research & Prospect Management, Save the Children US

"CPR has been helping Greenwich Hospital Foundation in its fundraising for almost 15 years, including a successful $72 million capital campaign. Tim Halpern and his staff have consistently delivered complete and accurate information, nearly always ahead of schedule. We know that the hospital’s needs are a top priority for CPR."

Jim Wright
Vice President, Yale New Haven Health: Greenwich Hospital Foundation

"Your profiles make a BIG difference, as it makes us so much more equipped to walk into these major donor meetings. I used to do prospect profiles in my last job, and I think you and your team go above and beyond (and very quickly!). We appreciate you all."

Betsy E. Rubinstein
Major Gifts Officer, Lambda Legal

“CPR is a valuable partner of FIDF. Their work is very high-quality, affordable, and the team always delivers when promised. I’m pleased to recommend them.”

Lydia Delman
Prospect Research and Donor Appreciation Manager, FIDF: Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

“Our partnership with CPR is an integral part of our work. With limited resources, CPR has helped us unearth a wealth of information on new and existing prospects while saving us a considerable amount of time. I especially appreciate how CPR helps us prioritize our prospects and takes into consideration our needs and resources. CPR’s team of experts have made prospect research more manageable, efficient, and effective.”

Ann-Marie Thornton, CFRE
Senior Director, Institutional Advancement, Community College of Baltimore County

“I hired Tim and his team to work with me at two different institutions within the CUNY and SUNY systems. CPR helped both institutions address serious gaps in research. Tim and his team are always working and looking out for their clients. They are master researchers. They’re also top notch trainers, if that’s what a particular client requires. If your company or organization is short of good staff in this department, CPR offers an excellent solution.”

Linda Merians
Chief of Staff, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College

CPR was the exclusive provider of research to the Chapin School for a $78 million campaign that closed in 2½ years.
Chapin's former Director of Development said this:

"We could not have achieved exceeding the goal of the largest campaign in the history of girls’ independent schools without CPR. Your research armed our solicitors with the knowledge they needed to match the giving opportunities to the donors’ interest areas. Non-profits not using your firm lessen their chances of receiving the largest they can from each donor. Thank you CPR!"

Vera Bullock
Assistant Dean of Advancement and Assistant Vice President for External Relations, Fordham University Law School

"We are a small development operation, in a remote location, with a bare bones budget. Retaining CPR gives us first rate NYC level expertise on all of our prospects at a fraction of the cost of a full time employee. They tirelessly create links with our growing pool of constituents. This is critical for a tuition-driven private college where every dollar spent in development must have a 3:1 return on investment. CPR surpasses this expectation and has the full respect of the entire administration. Thanks CPR."

Katie Levine
Former Director of Development, Bard College at Simon's Rock

"We were in the middle of the largest campaign in our history, $1.5 billion, and were facing a shortage in our research staff. We engaged Tim and his team at CPR, and they stepped in and provided us timely, cost effective research when we needed it. They were very responsive to our needs, produced good quality research, and were often able to help us even when we had some occasions where we needed a quick turnaround time."

Chris Dawson
Prospect Development Analyst, University Hospitals (Cleveland, OH)

"What I really like about working with CPR (in addition to the high quality of their work and quick turnaround) is that they help me stretch my research dollars by offering lower costs alternatives. In today's world where many businesses try to make a quick buck, it is refreshing when a company suggests a less expensive product might work better for my needs."

Jonathan Greengrass
Vice President, Development & Public Relations, Greyston Foundation

"These are exciting times for Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. We just announced the successful completion of the largest capital campaign in the School’s history - $26.8 million. We’re so thankful for CPR’s services, who we partnered with throughout the campaign."

Melissa Prather
Director of Institutional Advancement, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

"CPR’s gift rating and research helped us raise significantly greater Campaign contributions from our donors and prospects. We would not have gotten that without CPR. Sometimes having an outside firm take a fresh look at even your most well-known major donors can really help."

Christopher L. Bellis
Vice President of Development, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

"We’ve been working with CPR for the past few years, and have been very pleased with the high quality, timely and affordable services they consistently offer. Their ability to help us position research strategically and the resulting return on investment are notable. In today’s world, where information is constantly available, CPR distinguishes itself as a true partner to our community hospital."

Stephen M. Jakab, CFRE
President, Yale New Haven Health: Bridgeport Hospital Foundation

"Working with Tim Halpern and the team at CPR has enriched the quality of the research for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and our day-to-day work, and will soon help to lay the groundwork for our first significant campaign. The team is responsive, innovative and creative; working tirelessly to find new resources, to consider new prospect pools and to elevate the level of expectation around the research requested. I am deeply grateful for their expertise and its impact on my success! Thank you Tim, Christopher, José and Samantha!"

Kimberley Valentine
Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

"As a growing Midwestern nonprofit, CPR's research is invaluable in helping us secure the private funding we needed to diversify our finances and expand our operations. We successfully opened a model housing community for adults with intellectual and development disabilities in 2014, and now are excited to be opening a second facility, thanks to partners like CPR."

Shirley McNally
Founder, Sheltering Tree

"Our Foundation used the services of CPR for more than a decade. We would not have used CPR unless they consistently delivered. We are a bottom line organization when it comes to raising funds in a tough economy. CPR delivers solid, comprehensive and accurate research that substantially increased the funds secured by our Foundation as a direct result of their research."

John Salamone
National Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer (Ret.), National Italian American Foundation

"I’m always impressed with this firm’s knowledge of philanthropy and their dedication to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). They care a lot and always deliver a great product on time. CPR is a key strategic partner in our university’s essential fundraising. I’m pleased to recommend CPR to other organizations and you’ll find them to be fantastic."

A.L. Fleming, M.ED., CFRM
Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Executive Director of University Foundations, South Carolina State University

"For nearly four years, I have been impressed with the level of work and customer service received from the entire CPR Team. They have great attention to detail, are extremely reliable and always so accommodating. In addition, Tim and his team work to update information and fulfill requests you didn’t even know you needed. They keep track of prospects, monitor happenings in your city and are consistently one step ahead. Above all, Tim treats his clients like friends which makes for a trusting and wonderful working relationship."

Sydney Park Weiss
Donor Experience Manager, Denver Zoological Foundation

"I worked with CPR for more than five years at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and previously Yale New Haven Hospital. I have found their work to be quick and accurate. They really excel at identifying new prospects for various programs. The firm is good at ferreting out very useful and often, elusive wealth indicators, as well as presenting the information in a very usable format. I encourage other non-profits to try CPR's services."

Michael Seeley
President, Health First Foundation

"I’ve worked with CPR for more than a decade in both New York City and now in San Diego. Their work is accurate-particularly in the area of gift ratings-and their responsiveness to urgent requests is met with a smile and thorough profiles. When we need customized research above and beyond CPR’s industry standard approach, they are willing to listen and go the distance to ensure our fundraising success."

Shara E. Freeman
Head of Advancement, Francis Parker School, San Diego, CA

"Our organization is small and relatively new to major gift acquisition. Upon the referral of a trusted colleague, we knew this firm could immediately help us. The CPR team were able to provide deeply detailed reports and data that has helped our development team build their muscle in acquiring major gifts. We learned that some of our annual donors actually had much deeper potential to support us that we previously thought. CPR took the guesswork out of our own prospect researching and gave us information we never could have accessed without them. They were affordable and provided us with the same service as a top tier school or non-profit organization. It has become clear to us that hiring a prospect researcher is a critical component in working with major donors!"

Lauren V. Walling
Deputy Executive Director, Women's Studio Workshop

"Working in Advancement, we think a lot about appropriate request amounts. We want the requests of our donors to be just right to make sure we realize the greatest outcome. Recently, we had a face to face meeting with a donor. CPR provided us in-depth research in less than 24 hours that helped us close a six-figure gift - the largest gift we had received from the donor in many years. Thank you CPR!"

Sterrin Bird
Executive Director of Advancement, The Hamlin School

“We find the profiles CPR provides thorough and useful in our Development efforts.”

Maggie Jones
Major Gifts Manager, Roundabout Theatre Company

"We’ve been working with CPR for nearly five years. Our programs are niche and can be very challenging to fund, especially considering our international school is located in Central America. We have used CPR multiple times to seek new prospects. CPR provided new, pertinent prospects and in less than a year, we had a $50,000 donor, who continues to give. When you consider that the lead cost my organization less than $100, that really illustrates CPR's return on investment!"

Mary Ellen Flather
Director of Institutional Advancement USA, Zamorano University

"I am delighted to say that CPR discovered numerous families for us that have been flying under the radar. Though a combination of screening and in-depth profiles, CPR was able to identity 35 people in our database who could likely make an individual major gift of $100,000 or more, including more than a dozen rated at $1 million or above. Everyone here sees the value of CPR's research and is primed to do more. We also appreciate how they handle our research requests and questions fast - even in less than 30 minutes, if needed. CPR is also always on the lookout for breaking major news about our prospects, especially when it comes to new major gifts."

Lisa Steinberg
Director of Development, B'nai Jeshurun

"We requested a batch of research from CPR, received it two days later and we closed a new $50,000 gift with the help of that research the same week."

Patrick J. Ertle, Esq.
Chief Development Officer, Cleveland Sight Center

“I have always enjoyed the collaboration with CPR. I appreciate the firm’s excellent and personal approach to customer service.”

Chiara Sani
Former Director of Development, Bowman School

"Fundraising for a community hospital is not easy, particularly given the healthcare climate these days. I’ve worked with CPR for the last few years, and they’re awesome. They understand our challenges and they always deliver. I am particularly pleased the firm’s CEO came to visit our operation, which in today’s day and age is unique."

Ms. Penny Cowden
Executive Director, CMH Foundation of Astoria, Oregon

"I wanted to let you know how pleased we have been with the information you have provided thus far. I would say that 9 out of 10 times, the gift we receive is spot on with your recommended ask amount."

Joseph Alfano
Director of Development and Membership, Mohonk Preserve

"We have worked with CPR for several years and found their services to be very accurate, fast, affordable and customized. They’ve really helped us prioritize solicitations effectively."

Jinara Reyes
Assistant Director of Annual Giving, Boston University, College of Engineering

"I want to thank you again for all that you provided for Cupid's. Your research has helped us create direction immensely. We are a company that lives by the motto 'data driven decisions' so we really appreciate it!"

Jessica Roberts
Major Impact Manager, Cupid's Undie Run

"The research you have provided to us has been invaluable and has helped us to cultivate and build new relationships with potential six-figure donors. We could not have done any of this without your excellent work, quick turnaround, and spot-on assessment. Thank you!"

Amanda Levin
Campaign Director, Foundation, Bon Secours Charity Health System (Bon Secours Community Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Warwick Healthcare Campus)

"We have used Tim Halpern and Comprehensive Prospect Research for the past four years. He is thorough and responsive. We do not have a research person on staff. Thus, his service has been cost effective for us and very useful."

Jane Ghazarossian
Former Director of Development, Stanwich School

"About eight months ago we hired CPR to find new prospects likely to be interested in our work. We have already secured a six-figure gift from a new prospect CPR found for us. The gift is 36 times the amount we spent with CPR - an impressive return on investment by any measure."

Peter Bouteneff
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

"CPR has conducted multiple prospect research jobs for the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial. The work they have done for us has been fast, accurate, and helpful."

Clark Perks
Development Director, Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial

"As a proud alumna of my school I’m pleased with CPR's depth of research. Their ability to anticipate client needs are matched only by their reasonable pricing and rapid turnarounds. CPR provides great value, especially during these uncertain times."

Christie H. Borden NCS '92
Director of Advancement, North Country School and Camp Treetops

"As a small boarding school and camp in the quiet phase of the largest campaign in our institution's history, we needed affordable, accurate research that would inform and focus the work of staff and volunteers. After interviewing many firms, we chose CPR. The firm offers solid guidance, their customer service is first rate - and they repeatedly deliver what they promise while demonstrating the highest professional standards."

Jeff Woods
Gift & Legacy Planning Specialist, Hospice by the Bay Former Director of Advancement, North Country School and Camp Treetops

"Our organization was looking for new funders. We are a small non-profit with a minimal fund raising budget, so we were thinking of hiring a freelance prospect researcher. We are very price sensitive, since we did not have this type of research in our budget. CPR provided us with some free sample leads, which were completely new to our organization. Within about six months, we actually closed a major gift from one of those free samples - a great return on investment! Needless to say, we ended up buying a new prospect list from CPR."

Aaron Rashba
Development Director, Seacology

"CPR has provided insightful donor information that has allowed our organization to perform more effective evaluations of our prospects. Through our work with CPR we have refined our major gift prospect outreach, generated new prospects, and even converted a few annual fund donor into major gift prospects. They have also been extremely helpful in filling in the gaps in our donor data including cleaning up our donor contact information and other critical information. The tools they provide at the costs they offer allows our small organization to benefit from a number of tools that we otherwise wouldn't be able to access."

Laura Alston-Spratt
Dean of Advancement, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women