10 Tips to Survive the Stress of Your Capital Campaign

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Yours is a high stakes, high stress job. Even if you're not in the middle of a capital campaign, fundraising boosts your adrenaline.  And if you are in capital campaign mode, the stress is even higher. So we offer these ten suggestions for taking care of yourself. They are things you can do to boost your energy and ... Continue Reading...

Gift Range Charts Provide Structure For Your Capital Campaign

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When you work on something that goes on for years and involves most every part of your organization and your donor base, you have to manage complexity! Really, "managing complexity" doesn't come close to describing what it's like to tame the multi-headed beast that is your capital campaign. (If you are into mythology, ... Continue Reading...

Finding and Evaluating Prospective Donors for your Capital Campaign

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If you're getting ready for a capital campaign, you'll be wondering if you have the donors who can give the top gifts. You may even wake up in a cold sweat worrying about who they are and how you'll find them. But once you start looking for prospects for those top gifts, you'll see that you actually have plenty of them. ... Continue Reading...

How to Draft a Case for Support for Your Capital Campaign

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Do you know what your campaign will raise money for? And roughly how much money you want to raise? If so, it's time to start working on the document that will serve as the heart of your campaign: your case for support. Your case for support is a simple but powerful document that helps persuade board members, ... Continue Reading...

How to Engage Top Prospects for Your Capital Campaign

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Mega donors are essential if you are going to raise big money in your campaign. But many nonprofit leaders are challenged when it comes to approaching these important donors. Approaching an important community or philanthropic leader – even if you can get the appointment -- can be downright scary. But the only way to ... Continue Reading...

How to Design Great Meetings for Your Capital Campaign

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A great consultant friend of mine recently described capital campaigns as "just one meeting after another." And while that makes light of all of the other things that go into a capital campaign, it's a valid description! So you had better know how to organize and facilitate great meetings. I think it's an essential ... Continue Reading...

Capital Campaign Objectives: What Can We Raise Money For?

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This post is step one of a four-step roadmap for your capital campaign planning. As part of this series, step one is all about possibility and impact. "What Should We Raise Capital Campaign Money For?" If a capital campaign is in your future, you should be thinking about what you'll want to raise money for now! This ... Continue Reading...

How to Plan a Successful Capital Campaign in Four Steps

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If a capital campaign might be in your organization’s future, it's never too soon to think about the steps of good capital campaign planning. If  your board is just starting to talk about a new building at board meetings, a capital campaign is probably in your future. And if you see a capital campaign coming down ... Continue Reading...

Listen Your Way to Your Capital Campaign Gifts

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What’s the toughest lesson to learn when you are soliciting your campaign gifts? To know when to shut up. Failure – or success – with your capital campaign ask Just imagine: Here you are, ready to make a key campaign solicitation. You’re getting ready to walk into your donor's home, and you are all prepared. You’ve ... Continue Reading...

4 Guaranteed Strategies to Find Out More About Your Donors

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Don't go into a capital campaign blind -- with no idea whether your donors are going to make the kinds of gifts you'll need to succeed. You've got to do some homework. How can you tell if you have donors who have the potential and inclination to give to your campaign? There are four important ways to do this, and we ... Continue Reading...

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