Every leader enters a capital campaign with trepidation. Can I help to bring form to a campaign organization? Am I truly able to commit the time necessary? Are my personal networks expansive enough? Will my peers respond? Do I have an overarching passion for the cause? Some of these concerns are practical, others are very personal.
They are known by lots of names, but every successful capital campaign requires an effective, committed leadership team. For purposes of this article, I will refer to this ‘core group’ of leaders as the Campaign Executive Committee (CEC). Building this team is one of the very first priorities of a campaign. The team is responsible for the success of the campaign: implementation of the campaign plan, advocating the campaign to the public, soliciting the board of directors and top-level prospects. The success of any campaign is directly related to the commitment of each CEC member and their determination to implement an effective fundraising plan.
Dedicated volunteers are worth their weight in gold to the regular fundraising operations of your charitable organization. These high-level volunteers provide credibility and undertake the essential relationship-building that helps attract friends, supporters and financial resources to your organization.
Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, Board Development, campaign leadership, Capital Campaigns, fundraising consultants, Fundraising Principles, Professional Skill Building, strategic planning, successful capital campaigns
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