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Engaging Your Institution’s Insiders: Tips from a Successful School Fundraising Campaign

Building powerful relationships is the central tenet for creating a successful capital campaign. Engagement should be both “top-down” and “inside-out.” Targeting prospective donors at the top of the gift pyramid is a priority for most campaigns, while engaging insiders is often an overlooked strategy, or left for later in the campaign. And while major gift […]

Activating the Advocates: Fine-Tuning Messaging in Advance of a Campaign

Campaign preparation is a critical component of any fundraising effort. A diligent, thoughtful approach to campaign planning requires organization, research, timeline creation, and donor strategy planning. Additionally, the case for support is necessary to communicate a consistent message when recruiting campaign leadership, educating trustees, and training critical staff members. A clearly articulated case provides a […]

How Episcopal Churches Can Maximize their Donor Databases: Going Beyond Contact Information

Having a robust and up-to-date database can make a world of a difference in fundraising and stewardship. In an industry where fundraisers and development staff are competing for over $390 billion in philanthropic dollars, the opportunity is immense, and so too must be your attention to your donors.     Of the ten sub-sectors reported on […]

A Guide to Using Personality Research in Major Gift Fundraising

Fundraising is a personal business. For Major Gift Officers (MGOs), planning a one-hour gift request meeting can involve many hours of advance research and document creation. However, behind successful meetings lie truly meaningful donor relationships. Requesting charitable dollars necessitates more than sending a charismatic, energetic CEO or MGO. Every donor is a unique puzzle, as […]

Adapting to a New Generation of Parent Donors

Changing preferences and priorities, combined with advancements in technology, have spurred the transformation of industries like media, retail, and transportation, among others. What about philanthropy? How should schools adapt their fundraising approach to engage young parents? All schools recognize the importance of observing demographic trends. For example, these trends can reveal how many school-aged children can […]

Try This to Save Your Next Campaign Meeting

It’s 5:30 pm and your campaign chair has called the cabinet meeting to order. The prospect list comes out. The gift chart goes up on the projector. Strategies are rehashed. Eyes glaze over. It’s a familiar story in any capital campaign. After an initial rush of excitement, the cycle of research, cultivation receptions, briefings, and […]

Catholic Spotlight: Joy of the Gospel Campaign in the Diocese of Lincoln Reshapes the Future for Southern Nebraska Catholics

The Diocese of Lincoln recently surpassed the minimum goal of the most ambitious diocesan-wide effort to date. With 9,300 gifts received, over $63.1 million has been pledged to the Joy of the Gospel campaign; 119% of the original $53 million goal. This money will be used to support the important ministries of this strong Catholic community […]

Catholic Spotlight: Archdiocese of Toronto’s Family of Faith Campaign Paves the Way for a Bold Pastoral Plan

  His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins acknowledges this historic campaign achievement and encourages the remaining parishes to continue to strive for success toward their own local campaigns. Strong leadership, an exciting case for support, and the sacrificial support of Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto has propelled the Family of Faith campaign past its $105 million goal. The […]

Catholic Spotlight: One Case, One Campaign, and a United Catholic Community Raise Over $43.6M for Seminarian Endowment

Recently, the Diocese of Madison experienced a great blessing and challenge. The Holy Spirit had generously answered the prayers of the faithful for more priests and the number of seminarians studying for the Diocese had grown from six men in 2004 to 33 men in 2014. While profoundly grateful for this increase in vocations, Bishop […]

All Signs for a Campaign Point to Yes… Who Do You Ask First?

Think fast – who is the first person you would approach for your first campaign leadership gift? If your organization is like most, you’ve hesitated to answer this question and the others that follow it: Who is next and who needs to be involved in order for others to invest? Engaging your most committed stakeholders […]