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...]

11+ Pitfalls of Annual or Capital Campaign Tracking

I am not a neat freak. My desk often has a pile of papers and I always have too much crammed into my wallet. I don’t lose things very often, so I don’t usually worry about it. But when it come to nonprofits and their data – it is a different story. If I lose a receipt to return something, I get a … [Read more...]

Capital Campaign Success – Should You Measure Dollars or Donors?

We are often asked, which is more important - participation or the total amount raised before we “go public”? This is not surprising – no organization would want to take on a large-scale project without the support of the community but no new building or renovations could come to fruition unless the … [Read more...]

The Feasibility Study Interviewee – The Confidentiality Clause

If you are considering a feasibility study for a capital campaign, you may wonder how much detailed information you will be able to learn about the individual interviewees. Unfortunately, the answer – if you are using a reputable consultant – is almost nothing. Well, nothing … [Read more...]

The Right Amount For A Capital Campaign Ask

One of the services that we provide our clients, is helping determine appropriate for each prospective capital campaign ask. If you would like to go at it with the benefit of a consultant, here is an overview of some time-tested ways: Step 1 – Create a list of prospects. Who might give to the … [Read more...]

Nonprofit Development Assessment and Feasibility Study

Have you considered conducting a nonprofit development assessment or a feasibility study?  These essential in-depth examinations can be incredibly valuable to a nonprofit.  Why would you consider conducting a wellness snapshot of this magnitude? You might consider one of these efforts if you are … [Read more...]

Minimizing Costs and Risks in a Building Project

by Sam Frank, Principal, Synthesis Partnership New facilities, while exciting, are an extraordinarily expensive commitment, with a variety of hidden costs, and budgets that can easily balloon out of control. If you need to build—or think you might—there are ways to reduce your costs, your risks and … [Read more...]

Mersky Jaffe & Associates Challenge: Donor Objections

In last week’s article, “Responding to Donor Objections,” I offered tips for handling some of the more common reasons people offer when they are not yet ready to give to your cause.  This week, I would like you to consider some issues that are specific to your organization. The challenge is to … [Read more...]

Responding to Donor Objections

Last week, I attended a capital campaign donor event for a client.  After the presentation, when attendees were asked for input on the proposed project, one prospective major donor suggested an extreme change to the plan. That was closely followed by a flippant comment about how it would be hard to … [Read more...]

Two Different Campaigns – The Same Approach

There are two synagogues who are in early stages of a capital campaign.  Synagogue A has a building built for 800 families with a membership of 400.  Synagogue B has a building built for 400 families with a membership of 800.  Yes, this is actually happening within twenty miles of each other. And, … [Read more...]