Capital Campaigns, stewardship


The final phase of any capital campaign is the Celebration of meeting (or exceeding) the goal and recognizing all of those involved who made the campaign a success. The University of San Diego (USD) just finished an eight-year comprehensive campaign, Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, to raise a total of $300 million+. The comprehensive campaign raised… Continue reading Celebration

Capital Campaigns

Timing is Everything: When is it the right time to launch a capital campaign?

One of the fundraising trends we are seeing in the nonprofit sector when it comes to fundraising is the launch of capital campaigns. Part of the reason is due to the positive economy making it the "right time" to conduct a major fundraising campaign because donors are doing well financially. So, when is the right… Continue reading Timing is Everything: When is it the right time to launch a capital campaign?

Capital Campaigns, Planning Study, Uncategorized

Conducting a Successful Capital Campaign

A Feasibility Study is based on four Predictive Indicators for Success that aid in determining how an organization can be successful. An urgent and compelling case for support motivates constituents to make the number and size of contributions necessary to meet a significant campaign goal. It must have: A reason for raising money that clearly reflects… Continue reading Conducting a Successful Capital Campaign

Capital Campaigns

The Phases of a Campaign

I am often asked, about the phases of a capital campaign and when a campaign should "go public". There are four distinct phases of a campaign. The first is the planning phase and this is by far the longest phase of all four. The planning phase begins when the nonprofit Board of Directors and Staff members start… Continue reading The Phases of a Campaign

Capital Campaigns, Uncategorized

Campaign Volunteer Leadership: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

By Renee Fitzgerald   I was fortunate to host a panel discussion at the USD Governance Symposium last week with three incredible panelists: Jay Hill, CEO, Library Foundation ($185 million capital campaign) Dr. Tim O’Malley, VP External Relationship ($300 million capital campaign) Don Stump, CEO, North County Lifeline (launching a campaign)   My panel of… Continue reading Campaign Volunteer Leadership: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly