Build a Legacy With Higher Education Fundraising

Our tailored college fundraising services can help your institution thrive in the face of financial challenges and continue to make a meaningful impact in the field of higher education. Together, let’s build a brighter future for students and educators alike.

Our Approach to Fundraising

With over 40 years of experience, we specialize in guiding successful higher education capital campaigns. Our tailored approach includes planning, donor research, volunteer recruitment, and campaign management, ensuring your goals are met. 


Join the ranks of thousands of institutions that have collectively raised billions for scholarships, facilities, and endowments. Let us help your school make significant strides in achieving its vision.

A Division of DickersonBakker: Shaping the Future of Fundraising

In 2022, Cargill Associates joined forces with DickersonBakker, a leading national nonprofit consultancy serving diverse organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. This dynamic collaboration has amplified our capacity to serve higher education institutions better than ever before.

Serving Colleges & Universities Since 1976

With a long-standing presence in the field of higher education fundraising, Cargill Associates stands as a leading consulting firm for capital campaigns. Our expertise extends to a diverse range of institutions, with a dedicated focus on serving the needs of faith-based and secular institutions. 

Under the leadership of founder Bob Cargill, we introduced the retainer-based capital campaign model, setting a new benchmark for excellence in the fundraising industry. Today, we continue to apply these time-tested approaches to support institutions of all sizes.

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How We Excel at Higher Education Fundraising

We’ve spent decades cultivating the perfect philanthropic roadmap for your academic institution.

We’ll assess your institution's readiness and the constituency's support potential. A well-executed study brings focus, momentum, and stronger donor relationships, benefitting the entire campaign.

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Our expert guidance spans higher education capital campaign planning, prospect research, volunteer training, and comprehensive campaign management, ensuring your success from start to finish.

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Our annual giving campaigns aim to elevate ongoing school support. We engage alumni, students, families, faculty, and the community, encouraging increased annual contributions.

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In the current funding landscape, strategic plans are vital for securing support. Our strategies not only evaluate progress but also fuel excitement, guide refinement, and drive impactful transformations.

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In today's competitive fundraising landscape, colleges and universities need strategic donor communication. Tailoring how, what, and when you communicate with them is distinct from your mass market donors.

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What Our Clients Have to Say

Brent Baker Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Weatherford College

‘This campaign for our college was transformational. We didn’t just raise money. We didn’t just reach a goal. We made brand new friends, we showed the community how much this community loves its college. It made such a difference in our college’s image that we’re still benefitting to this day - from the campaign and from what Cargill Associates brought to the table.’

Kim Till Senior Vice President of Advancement, Dallas Theological Seminary

‘If you are looking for a consulting company who will, first and foremost, consider what your objectives are and what your mission is, and literally become an extension of your mission, I say there is no other but Cargill Associates.’

Rebecca Pennington Former Campaign Director, Nicholls College

‘Cargill’s approach and the tools and support they provide along the way- they work. Their fees are very reasonable. The process was just seamless!’

Empowering Growth and Success for Higher Education

Our mission is to help your institution secure the necessary resources to uphold its academic legacy, drive impactful research, and provide unparalleled educational experiences for students. Join us in shaping the future of higher education, and let’s work together to build a strong foundation for lasting success.

Meet Our Happy Clients

We support faith-based and secular higher education institutions. Here are some recent clients we’ve helped to hit their fundraising goals.