Key takeaways from our client who just raised $8.5 million

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Capital Campaigns, Higher Education.

While mistakes can be valuable learning opportunities, this is a case where the client did everything right. Blue Ridge Community College followed our advice to the letter—and the results speak for themselves. Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge Community College offers comprehensive programs of instruction including associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in occupational/technical and college/university transfer… Read more »

More nonprofits doing campaigns—and they’re working

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Capital Campaigns, National Research Collaborative.

It looks like 2015 was The Year of the Capital Campaign. According to the National Research Collaborative’s “Special Report on Nonprofit Fundraising Campaigns,” released Jan. 3, about 46 percent of nonprofits surveyed were in either a capital or a special campaign during the first half of 2015, up from 11 percent in 2011. Considering that… Read more »

Do you know your economic impact? (hint: it will help you raise money)

Posted , by Michael Marks, Consultant. Topic: Capital Campaigns, Cases for Support.

As the economy continues its recovery, many nonprofits are considering long-delayed and necessary capital projects—new buildings, physical improvements, or expansions, all critical to the long term success of their organizations. As these organizations move through their fundraising steps, a key component they often overlook is the overall economic impact they have within their community. Information… Read more »

When is the Right Time to Conduct a Capital Campaign?

Posted , by Natalie McGaughey, Development Coordinator. Topic: Capital Campaigns.

As the economy slowly shows signs of improvement, we are seeing more nonprofits exploring the idea of conducting a capital campaign. A question we have fielded many times during our 23 years consulting to nonprofits is, “How do you really know when the time is right to begin a capital campaign?” We often use Giving USA, an… Read more »