The Nonprofit Leaders Guide to a Capital Campaign Vol. 1 of 12

Capital Campaigns, whether seeking $13 million or $1.3 million, are once in a generation opportunities for nonprofits. This massive undertaking requires a strong vision, a clear plan, an understanding of the necessary infrastructure, and the leadership who can guide a nonprofit from inception to … [Read more...]

Successful Capital Campaigns Help Create Community

Successful capital campaigns not only raise money...but also help create community For generations, Jewish life was experienced through congregational affiliation and community center participation. In post-World War II America, membership in a church or synagogue was expected—an American value and … [Read more...]

Successful Capital Campaigns Help Annual Fund Donor Acquisition and Retention

Successful capital campaigns not only raise money…but also help with the annual fund donor acquisition and retention We have managed many capital campaigns in our 24 years of service. Almost invariably, we confront the question of how to avoid cannibalizing the annual fund in favor of the more … [Read more...]

Successful Capital Campaigns Help With Marketing And Communications

A student at a small college whom we counsel, sat with me in the office of the director of institutional advancement. I asked him what his story was. I wanted to know what brought him to this college. What did he aspire to do with his education. Jose was the first Hispanic student ever to enroll … [Read more...]

Successful Capital Campaigns Help With Financial Management

Successful capital campaigns not only raise money… but also help with financial management Donors to capital campaigns are major investors in your organization. They deserve—as, in fact, do all donors—a high degree of accountability. They want to know, and you need to tell them, exactly how their … [Read more...]

Successful Capital Campaigns Help With Planned Giving

Successful capital campaigns not only raise money…but also help with planned giving  The chair of the Board of a client organization recently paid me the supreme compliment. “Mersky simply will not take no for an answer when it comes to engaging and soliciting our donors. He will always find … [Read more...]

Successful Capital Campaigns Improve Major Gifts Management

Successful capital campaigns not only raise money…but also help with major gifts management Every Friday morning, I sit in the conference room of a client where we hold a weekly meeting of the Capital Campaign Cabinet. This hour-long meeting focuses on the major donor prospect pool for a $15 … [Read more...]

Successful Capital Campaigns Improve Long-Range Planning

Successful capital campaigns not only raise money…but also help with long-range planning Recently, I sat in the conference room at a client’s office. We are deep in the weeds of a capital campaign. The campaign has the keys to success: An appealing case Competent agency management A … [Read more...]

Successful Capital Campaigns Improve Volunteer Leadership

Successful capital campaigns not only raise money but also help with talent management A wonderful client of the firm’s had been having trouble identifying someone willing to assume the volunteer leadership role of the organization. The incumbent president, in fact, had to serve an additional year … [Read more...]

Successful Capital Vampaigns Enhance Nonprofit Leadership Development

Successful capital campaigns not only raise money but also help...enhance nonprofit leadership development A friend—the executive director of a wonderful residential camp—called me to invite me for lunch recently. I am always happy to see her and welcomed the opportunity to reconnect. We had … [Read more...]