Let’s spend this week diving into a story.

Three years into a stalled capital campaign, an arts nonprofit finally engineered bond financing in order to build the facility that the then-executive director and the board were determined to have.  A consultant was hired, changes were made, but despite all that, the campaign wasn’t completely successful.  Now, with the building built and five years removed from the campaign, the organization...Read more

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a nonprofit plunge head-first into a capital campaign.  

Here’s the scenario: A capital campaign gets fast tracked to start. Great, right? Well, no feasibility study has been performed. An astronomically high goal is set, because, hey, why not? This is a great organization, right? The board of directors is totally gung-ho, but they’re hand’s off. The CEO thinks it’s a great idea, but is also hand’s off. Everybody is on board except …

You guessed it. The Development Team.  

Have you ever felt as if you were thrown under the bus...Read more

Anyone who has initiated a screening project will tell you that it can be a mixed blessing.  Whether it becomes a thorn in your side or the answer to your prayers is up to you.  A common first reaction to getting screening results delivered to your desktop is "Oh myyyy, that's a lot of data!"

Fortunately, for those who are in that position, it's not too late to gain control.  And control leads to momentum, momentum leads to wins.  And wins lead to cheers.  Suddenly, you're a hero.  And admit it, being a hero once in a while feels pretty good.

Because I've worked with hundreds...Read more

As 2015 approaches, it is not too early to consider what the New Year will bring from a charitable giving perspective.  Many forecasters believe that the stock market and the economy will continue to improve, and we will see enough growth in 2015 to finally pull us out of the recession-influenced doldrums of the past several years.  If it holds true, that is good news for charitable giving, which has historically been very responsive to upturns in the market. 

So how should nonprofits...Read more

As we discussed in parts one and two of this series, screening has allowed you to segment your list of patients, past and current, into discrete segments based on your fundraising goals and initiatives.  In this post, we’ll look at the actions that must be assigned and completed to make a success of your fundraising plans. Which actions will we take and who will be responsible for the follow through?Read more

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