Lakewood United Methodist Church Celebration Sunday a Success

The Lakewood United Methodist Church restoration and renovation campaign “Celebration Sunday” took place November 17th.  Over $506,000 was donated by the congregation for the capital projects and an additional $200,000 was pledged for the 2014 annual campaign.  It appears the congregation is well on track to meeting its goal to begin construction in January on [...] read more

On November 21st, 2013, posted in: Campaign Planning by

Your Gift Chart: A Bother, Or Your Road Map to Success?

If you decide to take a backpacking trip in to the wilderness, you will most likely take a map and a compass to help you stay on track and reach your desired destination. You will study topographical maps and have “benchmarks” along the way to measure your progress. read more

On September 26th, 2010, posted in: Campaign Planning, Gift Charts by

Embracing Partnerships for Capital Campaign Success

Collaborations or partnerships can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful capital campaign, especially in communities where nonprofits vie for the same pool of foundation and corporate support. Competition for financial resources is greatly reduced by partnering with organizations with compatible missions that are targeting a common goal or community need. The added strength to the case provided by working with multiple partners helps get the project accomplished in the most efficient, effective way for the community. read more

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Foundation Program Officers – A Link to Your Campaign’s Success

Twenty-six years ago, when I submitted my first proposal to a major foundation for a capital campaign, I would have told you the most important person to know at a foundation is a key board member or trustee. read more

On September 26th, 2010, posted in: Campaign Planning, Foundations, Grant Writing, Program Officers by

From Antagonist to Friend

Several months ago, while meeting with various staff and volunteers during the early organizational phase of a capital campaign, I asked, “Who does not like your agency?” I continued by explaining that, ideally, this would be someone of influence in the community, someone who could help or hurt the campaign if he or she spoke to the decision makers of foundations, corporations, or potential donors of larger potential gifts. read more

On September 26th, 2010, posted in: Campaign Planning, Capacity Building, Donor Cultivation by