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A Couple of Heartwarming Fundraising Stories

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 11:26:52 AM

Fundraising can become such a mechanical process, in which we focus on rating prospects, writing proposals and scheduling logistics. This is never truer than in the midst of a capital campaign, when the pace of activity must be very high and everyone is focused on the bottom line of the campaign’s financial goal. In these instances, we can lose sight of the fact that we are meeting with real people and challenging them to think about their charitable priorities. Often, those donors take our requests very seriously and make decisions that broaden their philanthropy and demonstrate the impact of successful fundraising.

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Topics: capital campaign planning, Capital Campaigns, Fundraising Principles, fundraising tips

Anniversaries and Capital Campaigns: A Winning Combination

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 10:54:18 AM

Is your organization celebrating a special anniversary in the near future? Are you considering a capital campaign? If you answered "yes" to both these questions, you have the potential to increase awareness of your organization and its mission and add or upgrade donors and gifts.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, capital campaign, capital campaign fundraising, capital campaigns, Capital Campaigns, donors, fundraising tips

Deferring Fundraising Gifts: Close the Largest Gift Possible

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 9:46:49 AM

Most of us are familiar with the scenario above by which a promising donor prospect delivers a far less than expected (and respected) gift. By deferring a gift commitment under proscribed circumstances, you can often increase (even double) your prospect's level of charitable support. Asking for a major gift is only half the equation; you must be prepared to respond appropriately to close a gift at the highest possible level.

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Topics: Capital Campaigns, Fundraising Principles, fundraising strategy, fundraising tips, Major Gifts

Capital Campaigns -- Dream the Impossible Dream

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 9:20:47 AM

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.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, fundraising consultants, Fundraising Principles, fundraising success, fundraising tips

Forensic Fundraising: Study, Research, and Analysis

Posted by David G Phillips on Aug 10, 2018 8:40:24 AM

My youngest daughter is a big fan of the crime scene investigation shows. She tries to solve the mystery before the solution is revealed at the end of the show. While watching television with her one night, it occurred to me that fundraising was a lot like crime scene investigation, except, of course, for the corpses lying around.

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Topics: Capital Campaigns, fundraising consultants, Fundraising Principles, fundraising strategy, fundraising tips

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