CCS worked shoulder-to-shoulder with the Be The Match team for more than three years to fund expanded availability of blood stem cell and marrow transplants to patients throughout the United States.

Be The Match

Based in: Minneapolis, MN, Central U.S., United States

Sector: Foundations, Health

Key Elements

  • Be The Match achieved strong early results and a clear roadmap to completion for a multi-year campaign
  • Ongoing fundraising efforts will benefit from a foundation staff reorganization, new market-based strategies, and a fresh mid-level giving framework

Be The Match is a global leader working every day to save lives through cellular therapy. Be The Match connects patients with life-threatening blood cancers or blood disorders with a matching donor for a life-saving blood stem cell transplant. The Be The Match Registry® is the most diverse registry in the world and the organization provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during, and after transplant.

We chose to hire CCS because of their expertise and professional comprehensive approach to our work. The most valuable aspect of working with CCS during our project was their ability to leverage a broader team of experts to build strategy and support the execution of our campaign. This included engagement with external and internal stakeholders, our CEO and other executive team members, program owners, and development team members. I would recommend CCS over and over again because of the extremely positive experience…Be The Match is better because of CCS.

Joy King, Executive Director, Be The Match Foundation and Chief Advancement Officer, Be The Match

THE CHALLENGE

70% of patients who need a blood stem cell or marrow transplant do not have a fully matching donor in their family—they turn to Be The Match to find an unrelated donor. Today the registry isn’t diverse enough as the patients who need help. Matching donors with patients is largely based on ancestry. Currently, there is a large disparity within different ethnic backgrounds and some patients do not have a match.

Accordingly, Be The Match set out to double lives impacted in ethnically diverse populations and double its capacity to deliver the cell therapy product patients need when they need it. Be The Match retained CCS to create a path forward for launching a multi-year, $100 million comprehensive campaign to fund these initiatives.

THE SOLUTION

To create the campaign roadmap, CCS conducted a feasibility study that included over 80 interviews with key stakeholders across the country, internal focus groups, and robust analysis of Be The Match’s constituent database. Our data analytics work involved wealth screening, predictive modeling, and placing individuals on an affinity curve to guide donor outreach strategy.

At the conclusion of the study, CCS recommended Be The Match begin planning for a five- to seven-year comprehensive campaign to address the needs outlined in its strategic vision. CCS was subsequently retained to continue our partnership for campaign management and other tracks of activity during the following two years.

THE IMPACT

Working closely with the Be The Match Foundation team, CCS supported raising more than $30 million during the first two years of the $100 million comprehensive campaign—the second year of which was during the early months of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign not only advanced major gift results, but also focused on effectively communicating highly technical information to a non-expert audience, building a mid-level giving program, and creating a framework for launching five market-specific strategies in key metropolitan regions.

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Featured Team Member

When lives are at stake, everyone comes to the table ready to work hard and smart. That’s what Be The Match does every day and what made CCS’s collaboration with the Be The Match team so impactful and fulfilling.

Scott Vachon, Senior Vice President, CCS Fundraising
Photo of Scott Vachon