The Nonprofit Leaders Guide for a Capital Campaign v.5: The Feasibility Study

When it comes to a feasibility study, some people think it is an essential tool for a capital campaign, and others think they are unnecessary, as “we know our donors and members, who will give and what will motivate them.”. Needless to say, we fall into the former category. This week, I will focus … [Read more...]

The Nonprofit Leaders Guide for a Capital Campaign Staff, Architects and Consultants

The Nonprofit Leaders Guide for a Capital Campaign Vol. 4 of 12: Capital Campaign Staffing, Consultants and Volunteers In Volume 3 of this series, How to Determine a Capital Campaign Goal, I wrote that personnel needs would include, “staffing to handle the organizational and financial … [Read more...]

Nonprofit Leaders Guide to Determine Capital Campaign Goals – Vol. 3 of 12

The Nonprofit Leaders Guide a Capital Campaign Vol. 3 of 12: How to Determine Capital Campaign Goals Last month in this series, The Nonprofit Leaders Guide to a Capital Campaign, I focused on defining your dream for the campaign. There is no capital campaign that can succeed without a clear … [Read more...]

Nonprofit Leaders Guide to a Capital Campaign: Defining the Dream – Vol. 2 of 12

Defining Your Capital Campaign Dream  –Volume 2 of 12 How do you build the bridge from the idea that you want to make improvements to your nonprofit’s physical space so that it serves your nonprofit more effectively to seeing the new space enhanced, made energy efficient and, even, the new … [Read more...]

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 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...]

Nonprofit Strategic Planning: the When, the Why and the Who

Nonprofit strategic planning is often used when organizations are: In a strong place and looking to stay that way; Introducing new leadership and want to ensure the organization continues to work towards unified goals; Creating a shared vision as to the future direction of the … [Read more...]