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Don’t Let Life Pass You By - Seize the Moment

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 9:23:45 AM

Most of Custom Development Solution's work revolves around the planning and resident direction of capital campaigns, which is a very intensive hands-on service. Frequently the first step I take with a potential client is to sit and listen to them describe their organization from their history and origins to their vision for the future and their goals and objectives.

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Topics: capital campaign consulting, capital campaign fundraising, capital campaign planning, Capital Campaigns, Custom Development Solutions, Fundraising Principles, Professional Skill Building, strategic planning

How to Be an Agent of Change

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 7:42:04 AM

I was surprised to see in recent weeks that a six-year-old book remains on the New York Times Best Seller List, recently at #3 among nonfiction paperbacks. The book is The Tipping Point:  How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell. It seems as though it has become its own best promoter, demonstrating what happens when an idea “tips.”

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Topics: capital campaign consulting, capital campaign planning, capital campaigns, Capital Campaigns

Overcome the Emotional Costs of Paying for Fundraising

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 6:48:53 AM

Few Board Members would argue with the adage "You have to spend money to make money." Yet campus leaders often quibble about how much to spend to raise money or what funds to use to finance campaign costs. Perhaps a more pertinent expression when it comes to paying for fund-raising is "Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die."

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, capital campaign consulting, capital campaign planning, capital campaigns, Capital Campaigns, Custom Development Solutions, Fundraising Principles, General Articles

The Benefits of Bringing an Outsider Inside Your World

Posted by admin on Aug 9, 2018 4:21:39 PM

There are any number of reasons why a not-for-profit organization should retain fundraising counsel for their capital campaign. Having an experienced resident director guide you through the pitfalls of capital fundraising 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.

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Topics: campaign director, capital campaign consulting, capital campaign success, Capital Campaigns, Custom Development Solutions, Professional Skill Building

The Importance of a Positive and Inviting First Impression

Posted by David G Phillips on Aug 9, 2018 4:11:38 PM

As the president of a rapidly growing consulting firm, I can tell you there are lots of people looking for jobs in today’s economy. I cannot begin to tell you how baffled and disappointed I am to see the resumes that come into our office.

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Topics: capital campaign consulting, capital campaign fundraising, capital campaign planning, Capital Campaigns, Custom Development Solutions, Fundraising Principles, General Articles, Professional Skill Building

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