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Benefits of Being a Campaign Chair

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 10:46:48 AM

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.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, Board Development, campaign chairman, campaign leadership, capital campaign committee, Capital Campaigns, Fundraising Principles

Build Capacity with Your Capital Campaign

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 10:37:24 AM

Whether you are considering a capital campaign or are already in one, you can take advantage of momentum, excitement and growth to advance the quality of the governance, effectiveness, program development and fundraising capability of your organization. Making a plan at the beginning of the process will help you to maximize the outcomes from your fundraising efforts.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, capital campaign committee, Capital Campaigns, fundraising strategy, program development

Building a Strong Solicitation Team

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 10:34:05 AM

Whoever said, “God is in the details,” must have spent some time as a fundraiser. It never ceases to amaze me how minutely this business is analyzed. Every conceivable aspect of how to raise money has been placed in the balance and weighed against the alternatives. This is most evident in the manner in which solicitation are performed. One of the first rules of fundraising is that people give to people. Therefore, deciding who should go on a solicitation can be one of the most critical choices an organization makes.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, capital campaign committee, Capital Campaigns, development team, fundraising committee, Fundraising Principles

Fielding Solicitors for a Campaign Team

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 8:51:23 AM

The pre-season is over. All the preparation and planningfrom the off-season, the draft, and training campmust now be channeled into action. This is when you know how well your team will perform, how effective you have been in putting the best team on the field. The Campaign has started.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, campaign committee selection, capital campaign board, capital campaign committee, Capital Campaigns, Fundraising Principles

The Capital Campaign Committee

Posted by David G Phillips on Aug 9, 2018 4:15:29 PM

In a well-organized capital campaign it is the campaign executive committee ("CEC") that understands and assumes the responsibility for the success of the campaign. Since the campaign is typically a multi-million dollar project, it is very serious business and the membership of the CEC are the leaders who are ultimately responsible for the success of the campaign. While the members of the committee are often serious business professionals in their own right, as fundraising counsel, we cannot assume that they understand their role on the CEC. It is our job to define what it means to be a member of the CEC, and, to communicate to each of these leaders what is expected of them.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, capital campaign, capital campaign committee, capital campaign fundraising, capital campaign planning, Capital Campaigns

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