“... understood the value of nurturing donors into champions, and ultimately took us over the finish line...”

Raising nearly $13 million for a new high school campus was a monumental feat, especially for a school that had never conducted a major fundraising effort. Having Andy Sears lead the campaign made all the difference. He never lost sight of the goal, was amazingly organized throughout the planning and implementation of the campaign, understood the value of nurturing donors into champions, and ultimately took us over the finish line…accomplishing it all during a recessionary economy.

—  Hutch Johnson, President - Cadet Heat
Former Board Chair - Westside Christian High School

“...visionary leadership coupled with the ability to provide insightful strategic direction...

Andrew Sears embodies the character, integrity, and capability found only in the greatest leaders. Embracing a team approach to work, he never hesitates to do the heaviest lifting and most thankless tasks. His visionary leadership coupled with the ability to provide insightful strategic direction has helped many organizations like ours see a vision become reality. Just as important, however, is his innate humbleness and ability to coach others to reach their full leadership potential...while maintaining a deep sense of purpose and healthy sense of humor. 

— Steve Pringle, Executive Director - Kindred Partners


 

“... I highly recommend Contour Strategies...”

Working with Andy Sears over the past three years has provided AGCI the complete package -- solid development leadership, thorough staff training, amazing results, and a healthy dose of fun. I highly recommend Contour Strategies for any organization that is looking to strengthen their development program and enhance bottom-line results. Andy thoroughly understands the foundational elements required to transition to a model of transformational giving, the tactics to grow a sustainable program, and ultimately the means to fund a vision. 

— Hollen Frazier, President - All God's Children International


“…showed incredible grit advising us in coming up with a plan to reach our goal.”

 Andy Sears and the team from Contour Strategies have been exceptional, and really worked well with our small campaign team. In 2016 we began a $16,000,000 capital campaign for a Theater and Visual and Performing Arts building. We raised $19,500,000 and opened the building in March, 2019! As our costs and needs increased for the project, Andy and his team showed incredible grit advising us in coming up with a plan to reach our goal.

— Martin Farfan, President - Cathedral High School


“…36% growth rate over the previous year’s goal.”

As a new director of a large fundraising team, I needed a coach to help me learn the skills to effectively lead my team to hit an aggressive goal. Andy’s approach brought tried-and-true fundraising best practices, while also adapting to the unique needs of our team and target market. He helped me implement systems, disciplines, practices, and insightful ways to see our progress so I could effectively coach and lead the team. In our first full year of utilizing Andy’s approach, we hit our fundraising goal for the first time ever. And this included a 36% growth rate over the previous year's goal. I would highly recommend Contour Strategies for any development team working to secure major gifts. 

 — Mike Hogan, National Director of Church Mobilization - International Justice Mission 


"...kept us focused..."

 “Andy’s inquisitive and disciplined guidance helped me grow as a fundraiser. While serving as capital campaign counsel for the Kitsap Regional Library, he kept us focused, nimble, and forward thinking. I can’t recommend highly enough the invaluable role Andy has played as a coach, mentor, and friend.”

 — Lee Warnecke, Development Officer - University of Puget Sound (former Campaign Manager Kitsap Regional Library Foundation)