5 Capital Campaign Myths Debunked – Don’t Make These Mistakes!

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Many of the concerns people have about capital campaigns -- and the majority of mistakes they make during campaigns -- can be laid at the foot of five common misconceptions. However, once you understand the facts, you will be less stressed and more likely to succeed. Myth #1: We have to tie down all the details. We ... Continue Reading...

Is Your Board On Board for a Capital Campaign?

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If you're getting ready for a capital campaign, you had better be sure you're board is fully behind and excited about the plans. I've heard more than a few people express concern about their board's commitment.  At the meeting when they discuss the plans, there doesn't seem to be a head of steam. One or two board ... Continue Reading...

10 Reasons to Have a Capital Campaign Every 10 Years

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Why do we say that nonprofits should consider a capital campaign every ten years? No, we don't think you're going to want to build or buy a new building every decade! But we do think that, at least every ten years, you should find the courage, energy and passion to catapult your organization forward. Make a Bigger ... Continue Reading...

Find Major Donors for Your Campaign with Donor Screening Sessions

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Donor screening sessions are an excellent way to find out detailed information about prospective donors to your capital campaign. In fact, they just might be the most sure-fire method of prospect research in our book! Of course, you’ll do your own online research. You’ll ask board members for referrals, and you’ll ... Continue Reading...

Thought Experiment: Changing How We Think About Capital Campaigns

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Gail and I spend a good part of our time with clients helping them understand how capital campaigns differ from other kinds of fundraising efforts. But let's step back and ask an even more basic question... What, exactly, is a capital campaign? Our colleague Nick Fellers from The Suddes Group tackled that question ... Continue Reading...

Answer 5 Simple Questions to Create a Powerful Case for Support

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A capital campaign case for support is a very particular, exacting document: It needs to be short and detailed. It must be factual. It should appeal to readers' emotions. On top of all that, your case for support will be the source for all of your other campaign materials. Everything else, from the campaign page ... Continue Reading...

10 Steps to a Knockout Capital Campaign Case for Support

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Just what is a “case for support?” You might think it’s just a brochure about your capital campaign. Or a slogan you print out and hang in your office. You'd be wrong. The Case for Support Isn't What You Think It Is The truth is, your case for support is one of the most important tools you need to develop to ... Continue Reading...

How and Why to Set a Breathtaking Capital Campaign Goal

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Ask most people in the first phases of planning a capital campaign how much they need to raise and they'll have a simple answer straight out of the gate. It might be something like, "We're planning to raise $5 million over five years." But that quick, simple answer... It's seldom big enough to meet their needs -- let ... Continue Reading...

Set Your Capital Campaign Up for Success with Leadership Interviews

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Donors don't just give capital campaign-level gifts out of the blue! If you think about it, you'll find it hard to imagine someone writing a check for six, seven or eight figures to an organization they have little contact with.  It seldom happens. Donors give those big gifts to organizations that they know, trust and ... Continue Reading...

6 Reasons Why You Need a Capital Campaign Consultant

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During a recent client coaching session, we spent an hour talking about the reasons why its so important to hire a capital campaign consultant. Yes, we've covered this topic before, but the question keeps coming up. Besides, we thought of even more reasons that hiring a consultant is such a good idea. Why? Because ... Continue Reading...

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