Texas Hearing Institute plan for a new headquarters in the Texas Medical Center
Dini Spheris provided services for planning and implementation of campaign goals
Fundraising goal of $22.5 million surpassed by $200k
The Texas Hearing Institute is a nationally renowned resource for pediatric hearing loss in Texas. From birth to early childhood, THI’s experts partner with families to find the right solutions for each child through health services and spoken language education. THI is the only regional provider offering these services in a “one-stop-shop” and is proud to call Houston its home.
THI’s board and executive leaders built a long-range plan that called for a relocation from their former facilities on West Gray to a new building in the Texas Medical Center. With a new, larger facility, they could expand their services and double the number of clients served.
They set a goal of $22.5 million for their capital campaign, the largest in the organization’s history, which would provide funding for:
- Capital construction and equipment
- An expansion of programs and services
- An endowment for maintenance of the new location
THI’s executive director and development team recognized the need for fundraising at a scale, scope and speed they’d not undertaken in the past. While they had successfully led event-based efforts, the capital campaign required greater expertise in relationship building and major gifts. They partnered with us to provide strategic direction and hands-on implementation from initial planning through campaign completion.
THI needed both strategy and support. “Our passionate team was just the right fit, bringing our expertise, creative thinking, confidence and hands-on approach to the campaign,” said Holly Lang, Dini Spheris principal account consultant. “We were in the trenches right beside them, doing whatever needed to be done to help them reach their goal.”
We guided the fundraising process throughout the entire campaign—from start to finish:
- Comprehensive Research – Evaluated past funders, researched prospects, leveraged current relationships and developed new ones
- Strategic Thinking – Helped their team think bigger and broader, beyond past fundraising efforts
- Leadership and Inspiration – Helped their team think bigger and broader, beyond past fundraising efforts
- Manpower – Helped them implement best practices of major gifts and grant writing management, including a Challenge Grant from the Mabee Foundation
Despite the challenges the Houston economy faced post-Hurricane Harvey, and the client’s internal staffing changes, we helped THI drive the $22.5 million capital campaign to success with four 7-figure gifts combined and many individual contributions to exceed their goal by $200,000.
Not only did we help them reach their campaign goal, but we also provided their development team with the knowledge, tools and best practices for continued fundraising success.
We are proud to have partnered with the Texas Hearing Institute on this transformational capital campaign that has improved the lives of so many in our community. How can we help you reach your goals? Contact us today.
Renée Davis, Executive Director
"With the help of Dini Spheris, we saw first wins with some million-dollar donors that gave us the confidence to know that we could successfully achieve our capital campaign goal of $22.5 million."