How to Start (and Finish) a Capital Campaign: Q&A Recap

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Is your nonprofit thinking about launching a capital campaign in the near future? Or are you currently in the middle of a campaign and looking to make a strong push towards the finish line? Last week, Rachel Muir and Allison Lewis Lodhi provided some incredible insights during the webinar “How to Start (and Finish) a Capital Campaign.” […]

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The Key to Integrating Mission and Strategy for Nonprofit Organizations

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One of the primary reasons nonprofit leaders feel like they’re spinning their wheels is because they never take the time to align their strategy with their overall mission and goals. However, this is an easy fix once you understand how to effectively connect your nonprofit’s mission with your strategy. Why Many Nonprofits Struggle to Connect […]

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5 Steps to Effectively Onboarding New Board Members

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Onboarding a new board member starts them off on the right foot with board service and sets the tone for a great tenure. They can start making an impact sooner, and it sets them—and the whole board —up for success.  While it might be an obvious statement, it’s important remember that the overall effectiveness of […]

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One Principle that Still Holds True After 100 Years of Capital Campaigns

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This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the first capital campaign conducted by Carlton Ketchum, founder of the firm that has evolved and developed through the years to become Pursuant Ketchum. In 1914, Carlton Ketchum along with his brother George were charged with planning and executing a campaign that would help the University of […]

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Week in Review: 3 Quick Tips for Year-End Fundraising Success

  The last three months of the year is the most critical time for many nonprofits. In fact, research shows that 50 percent of nonprofits receive a majority of their annual donations from October through December. So how can your organization maximize your the final days of the year to acquire new donors, upgrade current donors, […]

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10 Questions to Ask a Prospective Board Member (and 5 Things They Should Be Asking You)

Let’s say your organization has identified a strong board prospect. You’ve taken some key next steps to further engage them in your mission and you’re ready to discuss board service. Congratulations! The stage you are in right now is a lot like being on a job interview, and you need to remember the old adage: […]

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9 Year-End Fundraising Goals Every Nonprofit Should Measure

Setting measurable and meaningful goals is a key component of a successful year-end campaign. After all, how will you know if you’re on track if you don’t have milestones in place? These goals need to be embraced by your entire team and important cross-departmentally so that you can track the success of your campaign and […]

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5 Steps to Recruit A-Team Board Members

When we think about having a great board of directors, it can be tempting to fantasize about having lots of big-name powerhouses who could write large checks. Although the money would be nice, in reality, these people may have no real connection to your cause—and money can’t cover that gap. The ABCs of donor prospecting—access, […]

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A Four Part Prescription For Pre-Capital Campaign Planning

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  Capital campaigns are one of the most effective ways to raise support for a specific fundraising effort. They can also be transformative moments that accelerate support and impact more lives for years to come. However, a campaign can quickly become a painful and possibly “life threatening” endeavor without the right planning and preparation. How […]

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Week in Review: (Almost) Everything You Should Know about Capital Campaigns

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2014 marks the 100th year Pursuant has served clients in planning and executing capital campaigns as a way to fund their mission and achieve their goals. While there are hundreds (if not thousands) of lessons we’ve learned over the years, today we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the most recent and […]

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