Capital Campaigns

Is a Capital Campaign a Good Idea for Your Organization?
March 28, 2019 at 11:51 am

Your space is cramped. You have two desks jammed in a room the size of a janitorial closet. There is nowhere to meet clients or donors that presents a professional face of the organization. Someone just gifted your nonprofit a piece of property upon which you could build a brand-new facility with all the extras...

Bind Your Campaign and Donors Together By Finding Shared Values
March 4, 2019 at 12:37 pm

Having conversations about core values will help shape the future of your organization. And publicly posting what you come up with will help keep your organization’s values alive—even if that just means putting some Post-Its on the wall!...

A Revolutionary Model for Capital Campaign Fundraising
February 4, 2019 at 11:54 am

The capital campaign industry has been operating more or less the same way for nearly a century. But now, fueled by the Internet, the traditional models are being replaced by new, more efficient systems and practices...

5 Tips to Make Complex Capital Campaign Meetings Work
January 7, 2019 at 12:27 pm

Complex capital campaign meetings are the new normal. In fact, it’s becoming rare to be part of a meeting where everyone is sitting around the same table. Some people attend in person. Others phone in. And yet, others attend via video conference.

It’s Time to Ditch the Capital Campaign Brochure
December 3, 2018 at 12:22 pm

When you think about the case for support, do you immediately think “brochure?” Do you imagine a beautiful, glossy multipage piece with wonderful images of the families you serve or the animals you save? Perhaps you imagine a donor reading it and being moved to write a big check...

The Orr Group: Campaigns—Changing the Game
November 16, 2018 at 12:26 pm

What kinds of things should nonprofits look at, and seek advice on, if they are considering embarking on a campaign? In this video, Orr Group leaders discuss three critical components: 1) the need for a big idea and a big vision to motivate and inspire donors 2) the value of a dynamic, authentic and credible…

Does Your Organization Have a Capital Campaign Moonshot? It Should.
November 6, 2018 at 12:21 pm

If one of your largest donors asked you what would transform your organization—what would “take it to the moon” in terms of helping more people and having more impact—would you have an answer? Though capital campaigns are usually more practically focused than that, if you’re in a capital campaign, you ought to have an answer to the question…

Why Your Capital Campaign May Be Failing
October 26, 2018 at 11:35 am

I went to the movies to see the movie, “First Man,” last weekend because I was interested in what happened July 20, 1969. This reminded me of a capital campaign...