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Keep the Momentum Going With Prospect Strategy Sessions

Capital campaigns are every fundraiser’s pot of gold. Boards, CEO’s, and fundraisers all dream of these big drives that can fund important programs, expand your reach, and catapult your organization to new heights. Capital campaigns bring in a much, much higher return on your investment of time and energy — especially compared […]

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How to Say Thank You: The Genuine Fuel for Your Capital Campaign

Saying thank you from your heart

How many thank you notes or letters or emails do you write every day? Are they formal and official sounding, or do they really reflect your personal appreciation? Here’s a thank you letter I received recently. Dear Andrea: Thank you very much for your recent contribution to our xyz fund. Your gift […]

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Make Your Capital Campaign Meetings Rock in 5 Steps


I’ll bet you’ve been to meetings that were a total waste of your time. Unfortunately, lousy meetings are all too common. And the time suck is only one of the consequences. Poorly planned meetings also sap people’s energy and dampen their enthusiasm for your project. But if your meetings are […]

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3 Volunteer Committees You’ll Need for Your Capital Campaign

Three essential capital campaign volunteer committees

Every successful capital campaign I’ve seen has created volunteer leadership committees that laid the groundwork for their success. Below you’ll find a simple rundown of what you should know about the three primary committees you’ll want for your campaign. Why Campaign Volunteers Matter Volunteers can do a huge amount of […]

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How to Warm Up Your Capital Campaign Prospects for an Ask

Conversational Approach when asking capital campaign prospects

Capital campaign fundraising always comes down to asking for big gifts. You’ve been getting to know a group of high-dollar prospects, and you certainly hope they will come through with generous pledges to your campaign. Here’s how to gently warm them up for a successful solicitation. It’s essential to PREPARE […]

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How to Recruit the Best Volunteers to Lead Your Capital Campaign


Your capital campaign’s success will be almost inevitable if you recruit effective volunteers to serve on your campaign committees. You’ll want to enlist people who are powerful and generous and committed to  your cause. 4 Tips for Recruiting the Best Volunteers If you get the right people, they’ll energize your […]

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