Development directors for non-profit organizations are often laden with the responsibility to determine how to raise greater and greater amounts of money to help balance their organizations’ ever-growing budget. The most popular and traditional means employed is to increase the goal of the annual appeal. For a number of reasons—the economy, reduced governmental funding, weak stock market or just plain apathy, to name a few—the annual fund approach just isn't working anymore.
Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, capital campaign consultants, Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, fundraising consultants, national consulting firm benefits, Professional Skill Building, professional skill building
Reporting on the progress of a capital campaign is a vital function of an efficient and effective fundraising initiative. Capital campaigns are often large, seemingly unwieldy endeavors that can appear overwhelming and unaccountable. But in fact, they are precisely driven initiatives with a specific schedule of activities that must be accomplished in a particular order and fashion.
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
Are you the one that everyone looks to as the star fundraiser in your organization? Do you provide the leadership and create the excitement for which your advancement or development office is searching? If so, great! Keep up the good work and send us some of your success stories so that we can include them in the Fundraising Free Press as an inspiration for our readers in the weeks and months ahead.
Through our work as capital campaign consultants and a fundraising consulting firm, the members of Custom Development Solutions (CDS) are, at any given time, talking with representatives of dozens of non-profit organizations across the US and Canada. Serving as the hub for that much dialogue allows us to make observations and draw conclusions about the charitable industry. Out of that analysis we provide our current and potential clients with feedback as to how they can best conduct their fundraising and capital campaign operations. That professional objectivity is a luxury for us, and a resource for the organizations with which we communicate.