Still Confused by “Capital” Campaign?

Arrows on a chalk board, representing capital campaign questions and confusion

When you hear the term capital campaign, you may immediately think of architecture drawings, design plans, and contractor bids. Not so! While they originated as a brick-and-mortar fundraising method, capital campaigns now serve every facet of the nonprofit sector and refer instead to a multi-year, large-scale funding effort. Anything from programmatic expansions to long-term operating […]

Transitioning Away From Events for Nonprofit Fundraising

Fundraising events have unquestionably played a significant role in supporting organizations across the nonprofit sector. In addition to the funds raised, many people also commend these events for their perks, including brand awareness, prestige, and the engagement they foster in the community. However, in the midst of the excitement, it can be easy to lose […]

The Importance of Outcomes in Today’s Fundraising

Outcomes-Based Fundraising

As we watch the national economy–and each of our own communities–grapple with the pandemic, nonprofits cannot lose sight of the element most crucial to their sustainability and even survival: Investable OutcomesTM. In our recent Emerge Ready: Fundraising During and After COVID-19 webinar, we shared the results of a survey of nonprofit leaders. Our research showed […]

Lessons for Economic Developers from the COVID-19 Crisis

Economic development for recovery

What makes an economic development organization more or less effective in times of crisis? Reflecting on her education in natural disaster mitigation and management, Christa Franzi from Camoin 310 talked to the Economic Development Council of Maine (EDCM) about the things that economic developers are being called to do as the COVID-19 crisis continues, and lessons […]

A Feasibility Study: The First Step to Fundraising in Uncertain Times

Economic Development Feasibility Study First Step

I recently spoke on our podcast with four members of our Convergent team about their experiences during the Great Recession of 2008-2010. Senior Project Director Doug Croft was running the Thomasville Chamber in North Carolina and Senior Project Director Dennis Hinkle led the Greater Burlington Partnership in Iowa at that time. Both were involved in capital campaigns for their […]

Should You Hire a Fundraising Consultant?

Should you hire

Four Things to Consider as You Decide Fundraising today is more important than ever as we get ready to hit the “play” button for a nation and so many nonprofits that have been “on pause”.” Nonprofit leadership teams and Boards have varying degrees of talent, knowledge, and skill, so there isn’t always a need to […]