Andrea Kihlstedt

Andrea Kihlstedt

Andrea Kihlstedt is a co-founder of the Capital Campaign Toolkit. She is the author of “Capital Campaigns: Strategies That Work,” now in its fourth edition, as well as “How to Raise $1 Million (or More) in 10 Bite Sized Steps,” in addition to other books. Andrea has been leading successful capital campaigns for more than 30 years.

How Do You Cultivate Donors with Newfound or Hidden Wealth?

The more attention you pay to other people, the more you notice about what they do and why they do it — the better your life is likely to be. In fundraising, that kind of careful attention and interest in what your donors love may well lead to some large, unexpected gifts.

One Important Way to Draw Your Donors Closer

People don’t give because they have money — they give because they’re committed to your mission, and they believe in what you’re trying to accomplish. So, it stands to reason that you should never ask anyone for a big gift until they know your mission.

How to Treat Big Donors After They Give a Major Gift

In the capital campaign business, the focus is on raising a great deal of money from a relatively few donors. And it’s all too common for staff members and volunteers to focus their attention exclusively on getting those major gifts.

3 Action Steps to Ramp Up Your Capital Campaign

Are you completely buried in spreadsheets and committees, and your case for support? Are you so stuck in the weeds that you don’t have enough time to actually contact your donors? The same donors who will make or break your capital campaign? Are you even sure who to contact?

Do Major Gifts Suffer From Capital Campaigns?

Some people worry that major gifts will suffer in the years after a capital campaign. But it’s simply not true! Remember, very few things move in simple straight lines. That’s true of human motivation, growth patterns and, yes, even the way people give.

Capital Campaign Consultants Have a Dirty Little Secret

Have you ever wondered how capital campaign consultants figure out how much money your organization can raise for your campaign? Do you ever wonder if their assessments are wrong? Let me tell you a dirty little secret...