Category: Capital Campaigns

Giving USA 2019 Results – Giving Reaches Record-Breaking High, But Not Everyone Benefited

Do you feel like giving was up last year? Do you feel like it was down? Well, either way you could be right. According to the findings of Giving USA, 2018 was an uneven year for philanthropy, with some subsectors experiencing significant increases, while others saw significant decreases. It was also a year that saw… Read more »

Can We Require A Minimum Gift To A Campaign?

  By: Nancy E. Peterman, Partner  “Can we require a minimum gift to a campaign?”  The question I was asked was unusual.  The caller, co-chair of a local organization, wanted to know if we had ever recommended requiring a minimum gift level for a capital campaign.  This organization had initiated a capital campaign several years… Read more »

How to Create a Compelling Case Statement

One billion-dollar campaign at a university printed a book, and cradled it in handmade wooden box… Another produced a glossy, four-color, seventeen-page document on 14x 17 card stock as its case for support… Still another used hand-made paper bolted between copper plates… The collection of case statement materials in our office runs the gamut from… Read more »

Top Ten Characteristics of an Effective Development Office

Arthur L. Criscillis, Ed.D., Partner I was asked by a client to join the staff for their yearly planning retreat and was asked to do a presentation on the top ten characteristics of effective development programs. While I have given a great deal of thought to what makes a development program excel, I had never really… Read more »