Professional fundraising services are generally provided on two different levels: resident counsel, with constant project direction; or part-time, on an outside consulting basis. You will need to decide which is more appropriate for your situation and budget.
Topics: campaign director, Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, fundraising consultants, Fundraising Principles, General Articles, strategic planning
There are any number of reasons why a not-for-profit organization should retain counsel for their capital campaign. Having an experienced resident director guide you through the pitfalls of capital fund raising can be the secret to success. A decision to not get additional help can place your campaign, and therefore the growth of your organization, in jeopardy. Anytime you undertake such a serious endeavor the last thing you want to do is cut corners.
It’s finally Friday and the weekend is almost upon you. You are in your fourth week of your organization’s capital campaign and things seem to be getting more and more complicated. There are more people involved and more things to do. And you, as the executive director, are wondering how your campaign director stays on top of everything and delegates responsibly the things that have to get done. You are wondering how he is going to come to work on Monday and give you an accurate and timely progress report, and then proceed to delegate more tasks to you and others.
Topics: campaign director, Campaign Organization, capital campaign, capital campaign fundraising, capital campaign planning, Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, Fundraising Principles, Professional Skill Building
There are many good articles posted on the Internet today that describe the process of hiring a professional fundraising consultant—or a fundraising consulting firm. Although there is no question that a fundraising consulting firm’s experience and track record are important considerations—even primary considerations—I suggest that the skill set of the actual campaign director or fundraising professional is equally important. Thus, if you thoroughly examine the record and references of the professional fundraising firm, I would still investigate the fundraising professional on the scene by ensuring that he or she has a good mix of the following six skills:
Topics: campaign consultant, campaign director, Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, capital campaign, capital campaigns, Capital Campaigns, fundraising, leadership skills, professional fundraising consultant