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 ... 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 ... 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...

Protect Your Annual Fund with Capital Campaign Policies

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The subject of capital campaign policies used to make me shudder. They seemed dry and boring in comparison to the excitement of creating a grand vision and building deep relationships with big donors. But I've learned that if you don't spell out key policies and practices early in your campaign, you'll find yourself ... Continue Reading...

If You Want to Raise Big Money in a Capital Campaign, Do This Now!

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I see so very many nonprofits limping along in their major gifts efforts until they want to embark on a capital campaign. Then they stall because they don’t have any major donors or influential leaders ready to step up. Want to Raise Big Money? Do This NOW! And major gifts are not rocket science. They just take ... Continue Reading...

Phases of a Capital Campaign: A Bird’s Eye View

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I’ll bet you’ve heard people talk about the quiet phase and public phase of a capital campaign. You may also have been to a campaign kick-off. But do you really know what those things are and why they matter? In this post, you’ll learn about the basic shape of a capital campaign and just what happens when. The ... Continue Reading...

Step-by-Step Checklist to Plan a Successful Capital Campaign

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Every successful capital campaign has several phases with specific strategies for each one. If you go step-by-step through the correct sequence of each phase, you’ll set up your campaign so it’s most likely to reach (and even surpass) the goal. Each step in these processes is essential. You can’t rush them. You ... Continue Reading...

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