Capital Campaigns

Infographic: How to Create a Timeline for Your Next Capital Campaign
October 3, 2016 at 12:31 pm

It’s easy to get lost in big, complicated projects, like capital campaigns. When you’re on the verge of getting lost and not understanding how your fundraising all fits together, there’s nothing like a clear, simple picture to help you make sense of it all. I've created a simple, attractive image of how capital campaigns work. It lays out the entire process in eight simple segments.

Create a Visual Tool to Engage Your Donors
September 19, 2016 at 11:44 am

I've coached dozens of clients, helping them draft their cases for support. Quite frankly, it's always frustrating. Everyone finds it challenging to articulate clearly and in compelling terms what their campaigns will raise money for and why it matters...

Counterpoint: Feasibility Studies and Other Reasons Outside Counsel Can Help Small Nonprofits
September 12, 2016 at 12:13 pm

In the recent article “9 Fundraising Myths Shattered,” published here on NonProfit PRO, one of the myths the author sought to debunk was that you need an outside consultant for your capital campaign. It’s true that not every nonprofit needs to have an outside consultant in order to conduct a successful capital campaign. But many clearly do—and even those who don’t might have good reason to consider using outside counsel...

Harvard Rakes in Another $7B in Record-Breaking Fundraising Haul
September 9, 2016 at 9:54 am

It’s nice to see one of these scrappy liberal arts schools finally catch a break. With another two years to go, Harvard University’s latest fundraising drive has raked in $7 billion, the college said last week. Launched in 2013 with the goal of reaching $6.5 billion, Harvard’s haul broke the record Stanford previously set in…

3 Simple Tips to Make Your Major Donor Asks More Successful
September 2, 2016 at 8:00 am

The better you get at asking for major gifts before you plan a capital campaign, the more successful your campaign is likely to be. And, of course, the more money you’ll raise year-in and year-out. Here are three tips to keep in mind when approaching a donor for a big gift...

Fundraising Imitates Art: 6 Tips From a Musician's Capital Campaign
August 29, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Alone, needing money to do a new project, without a development director or fundraising systems. No gift history. No fundraising experience. Just a big idea for a music project that promised to do what art does so well: get people thinking differently about an important topic—in this case, war. That describes musician and composer Theresa Wong...

5 Tips to Make Your Fundraising (and Your Life) Better
August 22, 2016 at 10:58 am

As a capital campaign consultant and coach, I’ve doled out lots of advice over the years. A few tips recur again and again. They always seem fresh, pertinent and important. These tips are more about human nature than they are about fundraising. But then, great fundraising is more about human nature than it is about money...

4 Ways Every Board Member Can Help With Your Capital Campaign
August 8, 2016 at 9:00 am

Chances are good that most of your board members have only a vague notion of what will be expected of them in your capital campaign. Board members who know they can’t make big gifts to the campaign may be especially concerned, since they may not even know many people who could. They may even be quietly wondering if they should resign from the board...