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All About Capital Campaigns: Nonprofits, Fundraising, Major Gifts, Toolkit

All About Capital Campaigns: Nonprofits, Fundraising, Major Gifts, Toolkit

By Capital Campaign Toolkit

All About Capital Campaigns is your weekly source for nonprofit fundraising advice. Each week hosts Andrea Kihlstedt and Amy Eisenstein, co-founders of the Capital Campaign Toolkit (capitalcampaigntoolkit.com) and special guests, provide practical tips about raising more money for your nonprofit organization. Topics include capital campaigns, feasibility studies, working with your board, donors, major gifts, volunteers, and more. This is a great resource for nonprofit Executive Directors/CEO's, Development Directors, Board Members, or others looking to learn about nonprofit fundraising.
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How to Handle Lousy Campaign Volunteers
How to Handle Lousy Campaign Volunteers
Even with the best of intentions, some campaign volunteers prove to be disappointing.  In this episode, you'll learn some important lessons about how to handle them so they don’t wreck your campaign.
17:17
January 31, 2023
Kent Stroman on Getting Your Chief Finance Officer and Your Development Director to Cooperate
Kent Stroman on Getting Your Chief Finance Officer and Your Development Director to Cooperate
In this episode, guest speaker Kent Stroman speaks with Andrea Kihlstedt about how to get your development and finance staff on the same page even if they aren't talking the same language.
19:32
January 24, 2023
Three Reasons a Feasibility Study is your Golden Opportunity
Three Reasons a Feasibility Study is your Golden Opportunity
Should you do a feasibility study? In this episode, campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt think feasibility studies are a must. And they tell you how to respond to penny-pinching board members who resist.
12:01
January 17, 2023
How to Make the Most of the Quiet Phase of a Capital Campaign
How to Make the Most of the Quiet Phase of a Capital Campaign
It’s no secret that you’ll raise a ton of money during the quiet phase of your campaign. But in this session, Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt demystify the process.
14:52
January 10, 2023
3 Easy Ways to Determine Your Campaign Readiness
3 Easy Ways to Determine Your Campaign Readiness
Not sure if you're ready for a campaign? In this episode, campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt share 3 things that you should assess when testing your campaign readiness.
10:41
January 03, 2023
Avoid the Recession Mindset Trap When Considering a Campaign
Avoid the Recession Mindset Trap When Considering a Campaign
In this episode, campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt discuss the perils of negative mindset and why they can stop you cold before you get going.
11:25
December 20, 2022
Help Your Donors Remember What They’ve Given
Help Your Donors Remember What They’ve Given
Many large donors make many gifts to your organization. In today’s episode, campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt talk about why you shouldn’t assume donors remember what gifts they’ve made and why you should help them keep it straight.
16:48
December 13, 2022
Building Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into the Fabric of your Fundraising Campaigns
Building Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into the Fabric of your Fundraising Campaigns
Join Amy, Andrea and special guest Bob Osborne of The Osborne Group as they explore the need for DEI with regard to campaign  and leadership. How do your early choices affect who participates, who leads, and who benefits?
29:39
December 06, 2022
Excite Your Largest Donors as Philanthropy Investors
Excite Your Largest Donors as Philanthropy Investors
Are you missing an opportunity to get your largest donors excited? In this episode, campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt discuss the importance and how to get your campaign donors truly excited and engaged in the mission of your organization.
12:57
November 29, 2022
Donor Walls and DEI: Designing a Donor Wall to Reflect Your Values
Donor Walls and DEI: Designing a Donor Wall to Reflect Your Values
Is your building full of wall plaques with donor’s names?  Are you planning the same approach for your next capital campaign?  In this episode, campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt take a long look at the practice of naming spaces for donors and discuss other options that might be more in keeping with your mission and values.  If you think donors give in order to get their names on buildings, you might be surprised by this episode.
15:20
November 22, 2022
Why Donor Stewardship Matters and Why You Need a Plan
Why Donor Stewardship Matters and Why You Need a Plan
Have you ever wondered how to determine the right price for a naming opportunity in your new building? In this episode, campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt talk about donor stewardship and why it's important during a campaign.
19:09
November 15, 2022
James Martin on How to ACE (Acquire, Connect, and Expand) Fundraising with a Mobile
James Martin on How to ACE (Acquire, Connect, and Expand) Fundraising with a Mobile
If you've been struggling with the idea of how to communicate with your donors during the Public Phase of your campaign, you don't want to miss this episode. We are joined by James Martin, founder of Rally Corp. He's a 3x tech founder and servant leader with over two decades of experience working in the social sector. He helps charities and causes rally passionate supporters with a human-centered mobile communications platform built exclusively for nonprofits.
18:53
November 08, 2022
How to Create a Campaign Budget Your Board Will Support
How to Create a Campaign Budget Your Board Will Support
Have you ever wondered where organizations get the money to fund their capital campaign? You may be wondering how they find the money to pay for development staff or for new infrastructure technology. In this episode, Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt talk about how to create a budget that your board will support.
16:45
November 01, 2022
How a Big, Bold Vision Inspires and Guides Your Campaign
How a Big, Bold Vision Inspires and Guides Your Campaign
What's the one most important thing you can do at the beginning of your campaign to ensure your success? It's all about having a BIG bold vision.  In this episode, we're going to share exactly how to think about your vision for your upcoming campaign.
10:57
October 25, 2022
Sabrina Walker Hernandez on How to Overcome Capital Campaign Challenges in Tough Conditions
Sabrina Walker Hernandez on How to Overcome Capital Campaign Challenges in Tough Conditions
Sabrina is a certified consultant, coach, facilitator, & bestselling author that helps nonprofit and small business build relationships that increases revenue. She has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and leadership. Learn how Sabrina raised $12 M and established a $500K endowment in the 3rd poorest county in the US. Also learn the challenges she faced, how she overcame them; and learn what type of leadership works best to start - and complete - a capital campaign.
33:05
October 13, 2022
What Are Leadership Level Gifts and Why Do They Matter?
What Are Leadership Level Gifts and Why Do They Matter?
Never gotten a million-dollar gift? If your organization has never received a really big gift, why would you think you can have a successful campaign? Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt tell you why.
14:11
October 10, 2022
How to Overcome Capital Campaign Challenges in Tough Conditions
How to Overcome Capital Campaign Challenges in Tough Conditions
No matter when you start a campaign, regardless of the economy, you're going to run into obstacles. There are always unforeseen challenges. Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt discuss how to overcome the most common campaign challenges.
18:42
October 05, 2022
Why You Shouldn't Use a Script When Asking for a Gift
Why You Shouldn't Use a Script When Asking for a Gift
Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt will show you why depending on a pre-written script for asking for a gift isn’t the best strategy. And they’ll give you strategy for script-free asking!
14:11
September 26, 2022
Should You Start a Capital Campaign During a Recession?
Should You Start a Capital Campaign During a Recession?
If you are worried about a recession, you may be wondering if this is the right time for a capital campaign. Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt discuss the pros and cons of waiting for better times.
15:15
September 20, 2022
Do You Have to Pretend to Be Someone You're Not with Donors?
Do You Have to Pretend to Be Someone You're Not with Donors?
What should you do when your values and a donor’s values are in conflict? In this episode, campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt discuss strategies for handling donors who say things you might find offensive.
16:01
September 13, 2022
Will your campaign cannibalize your annual fund?
Will your campaign cannibalize your annual fund?
Are you worried that a capital campaign might cannibalize your annual fund? If so, you’re not alone! And in this podcast, campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt will tell you what to do to make sure that doesn’t happen. -------- This podcast is the eighth of a special Summer Series of conversations on important fundraising topics. Our live webinars will return on September 12, 2022; learn more at ToolkitTalks.com.
13:02
August 29, 2022
Get Your Board Ready for a Campaign
Get Your Board Ready for a Campaign
Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt talk about getting your board ready.  They discuss what to do about lousy board members, the number one campaign question in every board member’s mind and the ins and outs of board training. Mentioned in the show: A Board Member’s Guide to Capital Campaign Fundraising -------- This podcast is the seventh of a special Summer Series of conversations on important fundraising topics. Our live webinars will return on September 12, 2022; learn more at ToolkitTalks.com.
13:08
August 22, 2022
Staff Up for Your Campaign
Staff Up for Your Campaign
Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt help you figure out what you need in order to make enough time for a successful campaign.  They discuss when and how to staff up. -------- This podcast is the sixth of a special Summer Series of conversations on important fundraising topics. Our live webinars will return on September 12, 2022; learn more at ToolkitTalks.com.
14:01
August 15, 2022
Make Sense of Naming Opportunities for Your Organization
Make Sense of Naming Opportunities for Your Organization
Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt question the traditional practice of naming buildings and room after large-gift donors.  While that approach may be right for some organization, it may be worth reconsidering for others. -------- This podcast is the fifth of a special Summer Series of conversations on important fundraising topics. Our live webinars will return on September 12, 2022; learn more at ToolkitTalks.com.
11:37
August 08, 2022
Three Nitty-Gritty Secrets to Solicit Your Biggest Donors
Three Nitty-Gritty Secrets to Solicit Your Biggest Donors
Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt discuss how to get ready to solicit a lead gift donor. They share with you three important and often overlooked things to do that will increase your chances of success. -------- This podcast is the fourth of a special Summer Series of conversations on important fundraising topics. Our live webinars will return on September 12, 2022; learn more at ToolkitTalks.com.
16:40
August 01, 2022
How to Identify and Prioritize the Top 50 Prospects
How to Identify and Prioritize the Top 50 Prospects
Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt discuss the importance of developing and maintaining a list of your top 50 prospects and why it’s especially important as you get ready for your capital campaign.  --------     This podcast is the third of a special Summer Series of conversations on important fundraising topics. Our live webinars will return on September 5, 2022; learn more at ToolkitTalks.com.
17:06
July 25, 2022
Your Money Mindset and Why It Matters
Your Money Mindset and Why It Matters
Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt urge you to get the right mindset about money before asking donors for gifts. Adopt a positive money mindset and you’ll raise more money. --------     This podcast is the second of a special Summer Series of conversations on important fundraising topics. Our live webinars will return on September 5, 2022; learn more at ToolkitTalks.com.
10:48
July 18, 2022
Amp Up Your Campaign Team with Peer Support
Amp Up Your Campaign Team with Peer Support
Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt discuss the important lessons they’ve learned from leading peer support groups of people conducting capital campaigns. --------     This podcast is the first of a special Summer Series of conversations on important fundraising topics. Our live webinars will return on September 5, 2022; learn more at ToolkitTalks.com.
15:48
July 11, 2022
Asking for a Capital Gift, an Annual Gift and a Planned Gift in One Meeting
Asking for a Capital Gift, an Annual Gift and a Planned Gift in One Meeting
In this episode, campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt have some fun role-playing examples of asking donors for complex gifts that combine campaign, annual and planned giving. --------     This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, June 27, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
17:29
June 27, 2022
Three Ways to Find the Right Volunteer Leaders for Your Campaign
Three Ways to Find the Right Volunteer Leaders for Your Campaign
In this episode, campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt explore practical ideas about identifying and recruiting the best volunteer leadership for your campaign. --------     This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, June 20, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
20:22
June 21, 2022
How to Put Your Best Self Forward: Better Presentation Skills
How to Put Your Best Self Forward: Better Presentation Skills
Campaign expert Andrea Kihlstedt is joined in this episode by special guest Jezra Kaye. Jezra is a speaking coach with almost 20 years of experience coaching individuals and groups, and she talks with Andrea about how fundraising is enhanced when you present yourself in the best possible ways. --------     This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, June 13, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
29:21
June 14, 2022
Why it’s Critical for You to Improve Your Training Skills
Why it’s Critical for You to Improve Your Training Skills
In this special edition, fundraising expert Amy Eisenstein is joined by Andy Robinson, a 40-year industry veteran and co-author with Andrea Kihlstedt of a seminal fundraising book. Together, they discuss critical training skills and why you need to improve them. --------     This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, June 6, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
24:54
June 07, 2022
What to do if your Campaign is Falling Short of the Campaign Goal
What to do if your Campaign is Falling Short of the Campaign Goal
Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt talk about how to handle campaigns that look as though they won’t be able to reach their goal. --------     This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, May 23, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
23:36
May 24, 2022
The Depth Chart: A Campaign Tool that Tells All
The Depth Chart: A Campaign Tool that Tells All
Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt talk about a simple tool that gives you a peek at whether or not your campaign is likely to be successful. --------    This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, May 16, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
22:08
May 16, 2022
The Public Phase — Jet Propel Your Campaign to a Successful Conclusion
The Public Phase — Jet Propel Your Campaign to a Successful Conclusion
Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt discuss the public phase of capital campaigns and strategies you will use to get to your goal. ----------   This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, May 9, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
15:32
May 09, 2022
Capital Campaigns for Churches and What You can Learn From Them
Capital Campaigns for Churches and What You can Learn From Them
Campaign experts Amy Eisenstein are joined by special guest Jeff Hensley in a lively discussion of capital campaigns for churches and fundraising insights for other types of organizations. --------   This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, May 2, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
21:33
May 03, 2022
Kick-Off Events — from Hot Chocolate in a Tent to a Five Course Meal
Kick-Off Events — from Hot Chocolate in a Tent to a Five Course Meal
In today’s episode, Amy and Andrea describe the gamut of capital campaign kick-off events, and discuss the pros and cons of each. ----------  This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, April 25, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
23:20
April 25, 2022
Use Your Campaign Budget to Ramp Up Your Development Staff
Use Your Campaign Budget to Ramp Up Your Development Staff
In today’s podcast, Amy and Andrea explain how you can use your capital campaign to strengthen your development office and build for the future. ----------  This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, April 18, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
21:17
April 19, 2022
A Six-Step Plan to Start or Accelerate a Planned Giving Program
A Six-Step Plan to Start or Accelerate a Planned Giving Program
In today’s podcast, special guest Joe Tumolo and host Andrea Kihlstedt talk about planned giving — why it matters and how to set up a planned giving program. ---------- This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, April 11, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
35:09
April 12, 2022
Planning Advice Visits — An Important Way to Draw Donors Closer
Planning Advice Visits — An Important Way to Draw Donors Closer
In today’s podcast, Amy and Andrea discuss why you should talk with your largest donors before you’ve finalized your plans and developed your materials. They give pointers on how to have early conversations with these largest donors. ----------    This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, April 4, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
20:47
April 04, 2022
What Marks the Real Start of Your Capital Campaign?
What Marks the Real Start of Your Capital Campaign?
In this episode, campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt discuss the many aspects of campaign timing, including how to determine the start and length of your campaign. They discuss the wisdom and importance of starting your campaign planning as soon as you know a campaign is heading your way. ----------   This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, March 28, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
16:36
March 28, 2022
Happy Hour - How to make your staff and donors happy
Happy Hour - How to make your staff and donors happy
In this episode, capital campaign expert Andrea Kihlstedt is joined by Sarah Plimpton, Chief Happiness Officer of the Capital Campaign Toolkit. They discuss the importance of focusing on truly seeing and noticing people as the best way to make them happy. They discuss practical strategies for incorporating happiness into your development practice. ----------  This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, March 21, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
23:23
March 21, 2022
What 2 Years of COVID Has Taught Us about Fundraising
What 2 Years of COVID Has Taught Us about Fundraising
In this episode, capital campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt will share with you the important lessons they’ve learned about fundraising during the brave new world of COVID-19. ----------  This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, March 14, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
20:16
March 15, 2022
What is Endowment, and Does it Belong in your Capital Campaign?
What is Endowment, and Does it Belong in your Capital Campaign?
In this episode, capital campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt discuss endowments. They’ll review what they are, why they matter, and why endowment should be included in your campaign fundraising objectives. ------------- This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, March 7, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
18:12
March 07, 2022
Preparing to Solicit the Largest Gifts for Your Campaign
Preparing to Solicit the Largest Gifts for Your Campaign
In this episode, capital campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt encourage you to stop practicing your talking points and instead, review everything you know about that donor and why they might want to support your project. -------------       This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, February 28, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
25:15
February 28, 2022
What to Do When Your Capital Campaign Stalls
What to Do When Your Capital Campaign Stalls
In this episode, capital campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt provide reassuring tips and strategies for getting your capital campaign goes through unnerving quiet periods.  Learn three approaches to breaking through the lull and getting your campaign back on track to success. -------------      This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, February 21, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
20:44
February 21, 2022
How to Love Your Donors this Valentine’s Day
How to Love Your Donors this Valentine’s Day
In this special Valentine Day podcast, campaign expert Andrea Kihlstedt is joined by Toolkit advisor Kent Stroman; together, they encourage you to hold the chocolates and highlight the impact.  You’ll learn how to share your donor love today by showing them something specific they’ve helped make happen. -------------     This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, February 14, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
21:34
February 15, 2022
How to Set the Right Goal for Your Capital Campaign
How to Set the Right Goal for Your Capital Campaign
In this episode, capital campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt will help you think through the process of determining the right goal for your campaign. You’ll learn that it takes more than simply knowing how much your project will cost.  And setting the right campaign goal sets your campaign up for success. -------------    This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, February 7, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
59:42
February 07, 2022
Your CEO/ED’s Roles in the Campaign and How to Set Them Up for Success
Your CEO/ED’s Roles in the Campaign and How to Set Them Up for Success
Will your Executive Director have enough time for the capital campaign? Learn some practical things you can do to help make sure that the head of your organization is able and willing to pull their weight for the campaign.   Join campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt as they share the tips and tricks they’ve learned over many decades of working with nonprofit leaders on this type of fundraising. -------------   This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, January 31, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
18:40
February 01, 2022
SPECIAL GUEST: Julia Campbell – How to Use Social Media to Support Your Campaign
SPECIAL GUEST: Julia Campbell – How to Use Social Media to Support Your Campaign
Are you making the best use of social media to promote your organization, your events and your campaign? Julia Campbell combines social media and fundraising savvy. Her new book, How to Build and Mobilize a Social Media Community for Your Nonprofit will come out next month. And she will reveal some of her insights to campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt. -------------  This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, January 24, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
26:13
January 25, 2022
Leadership Interviews - How and Why You Should Talk to Your Top 20 Prospects
Leadership Interviews - How and Why You Should Talk to Your Top 20 Prospects
How often do you talk to your top prospects when you aren’t asking them for gifts?  In today’s Toolkit Talk, campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt discuss why you should have leadership interviews with your most important donors, and how to structure that process. ------------- This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, January 17, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
17:43
January 17, 2022
Why Gift Range Charts are the Key to a Successful Campaign
Why Gift Range Charts are the Key to a Successful Campaign
A Gift Range Chart shows the pattern of gifts your campaign will need for you to reach your goal.  A well-crafted Gift Range Chart will serve as the primary planning tool for your capital campaign.  Join campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt as they discuss the best way to create gift range chart for your campaign and the many ways you can use it to achieve success. -------------      This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, January 10, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
17:24
January 12, 2022
Spending Money on Your Campaign before Raising Money Through Your Campaign
Spending Money on Your Campaign before Raising Money Through Your Campaign
You’re going to have to spend money before contributions to your capital campaign start to come in. You may need project planning money to  purchase a site, hire an architect and go through assorted inspections and approvals.  And if you going to get expert advice for your campaign,  you’ll need to invest in that early, too.   Join campaign experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt and find out your options for accessing early money to help you get started. -------------     This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, January 3, 2022. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
17:01
January 04, 2022
Welcome 2022 with the Courage and Commitment to Raise More Money Than Ever Before
Welcome 2022 with the Courage and Commitment to Raise More Money Than Ever Before
If you’re considering a capital campaign, or if you just want to raise more money, it’s time to strengthen your resolve and muster the courage to ask for gifts. Campaign fundraising experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt share practical ways to build your fundraising courage.  -------------    This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, December 20, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
49:28
December 21, 2021
How to Get the Attention of Your Largest Nonprofit Donors at Year End
How to Get the Attention of Your Largest Nonprofit Donors at Year End
In December, as donors make their year-end charitable contributions, what can you do to make your most important donors happy?  Fundraising experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt share their favorite year-end stewardship practices and answer a host of capital campaign questions. -------------    This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, December 13, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
52:50
December 14, 2021
Nonprofit Fundraising Through the Lens of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Nonprofit Fundraising Through the Lens of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt are joined by special guest Vu Le, of the blog NonprofitAF.com, in a lively discussion about community-centered fundraising for nonprofits. Vu Le shares his controversial views on how fundraising practices should change to become grounded in social equity. -------------   This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, December 6, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
59:54
December 07, 2021
Five Ways to Make Your Most Important Campaign Donors Feel Well-Cared for During the Holiday Season
Five Ways to Make Your Most Important Campaign Donors Feel Well-Cared for During the Holiday Season
Nonprofit fundraising experts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt share their favorite donor stewardship tips and encourage you to use the holiday giving season to thank your donors for their past contributions in meaningful and appropriate ways. -------------  This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, November 29, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
53:39
December 01, 2021
Everything Your Nonprofit’s Board Members Want to Know about Capital Campaigns
Everything Your Nonprofit’s Board Members Want to Know about Capital Campaigns
Fundraising experts Amy and Andrea discuss the capital campaign questions every board member wants answers to.  Where’s the money going to come from? How much will they have to give? What’s going to be expected of them? And many more important questions facing every nonprofit board member as they consider a capital campaign.  Download our favorite resource on the topic: "A Board Member’s Guide to Capital Campaign Fundraising"  ------------- This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, November 22, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
55:18
November 23, 2021
Your Nonprofit Capital Campaign’s Not Over When You Reach Your Fundraising Goal
Your Nonprofit Capital Campaign’s Not Over When You Reach Your Fundraising Goal
Set up your 2022 nonprofit fundraising for success starting by following up and following through with your capital campaign donors. Fundraising  experts Amy and Andrea talk about the phases and timing of your nonprofit's campaign and communication. They discuss the importance of  doing a good job on the last phase of your campaign. Following their advice will help set your next fundraising initiatives up for success. Make sure to check out our free Capital Campaign resources.
55:06
November 16, 2021
How Does DEI Fit into Your Capital Campaign?
How Does DEI Fit into Your Capital Campaign?
Amy and Andrea discuss the importance of considering diversity, equity and inclusion into your planning process long before the start of your campaign. Then, they pivot to participant questions about campaign leadership – what qualities your chair should have, when to recruit them, and what to do if you can’t find the right person at the start of your campaign.  -------------                   This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, November 8, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
54:34
November 09, 2021
Incorporating and Leveraging Challenge/Matching Gifts in a Campaign
Incorporating and Leveraging Challenge/Matching Gifts in a Campaign
In this episode Amy and Andrea discuss the strategic use of challenge gift as an important tool of your capital campaign.They discuss several ways you might make use of these gifts to motivate donors to give large gifts, energize donors to step up and set deadlines to stimulate giving. -------------                  This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, November 1, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
55:11
November 03, 2021
How to ask for leadership level gifts – particularly when you are nervous
How to ask for leadership level gifts – particularly when you are nervous
Do you get anxious when you have to ask for large gifts? On this Toolkit Talk Amy and Andrea share their tips about how to get over asking-anxiety. They discuss how to talk less and listen more.  And they refocus the task from getting money to finding out what the donor wants to give.  They even do a little off-the-cuff role playing to give you a sense of what works. -------------                 This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, October 25, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
55:13
October 26, 2021
How to Assess Your Readiness for a Capital Campaign
How to Assess Your Readiness for a Capital Campaign
Amy and Andrea talk about the various ways to figure out if your organization is ready for a capital campaign. They’ve found that the process of looking at your fundraising systems and board can be done simply and is often remarkably effective. Assessing various aspects of your organization will give you focus and a way forward whether or not a campaign is imminent. -------------                This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, October 18, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
52:24
October 18, 2021
The Importance of Fall Fundraising, Regardless of Your Campaign Stage
The Importance of Fall Fundraising, Regardless of Your Campaign Stage
Amy Eisenstein and special guest, Richard Quinn, Toolkit Advisor, discuss the importance and nuance of fall fundraising. How you approach fall fundraising will depend on the stage and timing of your campaign. Your annual fund will continue throughout your campaign. Campaign gifts will be asked for in conjunction with or separate from your annual fund. Listen to get your questions answered. -------------               This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, October 4, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
55:27
October 12, 2021
Real Talk… Simple Talk About Planned Giving
Real Talk… Simple Talk About Planned Giving
Today Andrea and Amy are joined by Sierra Rosen, Executive Director of Planned Giving at Brown University, to talk about planned giving. They discuss why planned giving matters even for small to mid-size organizations. They chew over simple strategies you can use to start building a program and how it dovetails nicely with a capital campaign.  -------------              This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, October 4, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
55:51
October 05, 2021
How to Brand and Market Your Capital Campaign, with Special Guest Sarah Durham of Big Duck
How to Brand and Market Your Capital Campaign, with Special Guest Sarah Durham of Big Duck
In this episode, Amy and Andrea talk with the remarkable Sarah Durham, founder of Big Duck, one of the premiere nonprofit communications company in the field. Sarah's down to earth, practical style combined with her deep expertise made for a fascinating and insightful session.  Sarah discusses  branding and the elements cases for support. She discussed “mind share” and shared her insights on the campaign materials many people are using today.   ** Here are some links Sarah shared: Examples of the Case for Support https://bigduck.com/work/all-projects/?topic=campaigns https://bigduck.com/work/jts/ Ebook: Capital campaign communications: Creating the tools for your nonprofit to raise millions. -------------             This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, September 27, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
57:47
September 29, 2021
Capital Campaign Quiet Phase… is it really quiet?
Capital Campaign Quiet Phase… is it really quiet?
In this episode, Amy and Andrea demystify the quiet phase of your campaign.  What can you talk about in the quiet phase and what’s off limits? And why it matters! -------------            This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, September 20, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
56:25
September 21, 2021
The Ins and Outs of Board Giving
The Ins and Outs of Board Giving
Andrea and Amy discuss the ins and outs of board giving and other juicy board topics. They offer suggestions about how to make board meetings interesting and how to handle multiple asks of a single board member.   -------------           This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, September 13, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
55:37
September 14, 2021
How to Inspire Your Board to Give Generously to Your Capital Campaign
How to Inspire Your Board to Give Generously to Your Capital Campaign
In today’s podcast, Andrea Kihlstedt interviews Capital Campaign Toolkit Advisor, Kent Stroman, about how he helped an organization move their board from low level giving to 100% giving and raised more money collectively than the board ever imagined. Kent’s approach is simple and direct and can be easily adapted to fit your organization’s board. -------------           Today's interview is a special episode due to the Labor Day holiday. This podcast is usually recorded as part of a live webinar. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
23:31
September 07, 2021
Train Your Board to Fundraise: Simple, Effective Exercises
Train Your Board to Fundraise: Simple, Effective Exercises
Amy and Andrea share some of their thoughts about training board members and volunteers for a capital campaign. They paint a broad picture of when and how you should train people.  And they present some of their favorite fundraising exercises for you to try.   Adults learn best when they draw from their own experiences. The exercises Amy and Andrea use are designed to draw out some of the most important lessons of fundraising.  -------------          This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, August 30, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
57:31
August 31, 2021
How to Coordinate Your Fall Fundraising with Your Capital Campaign
How to Coordinate Your Fall Fundraising with Your Capital Campaign
Amy and Andrea discuss ways to make your annual fall fundraising work with your capital campaign planning.  They explore the ways monthly giving increases the kind of donor loyalty.  And why donor loyalty sets the stage for asking those donors for larger gifts.  In a rollicking discussion, they touch on a wide swath of topics from whether development directors should attend board meetings to what people are doing to enjoy the last weeks of summer.  Check out the Capital Campaign Readiness Assessment, mentioned during today's discussion. Determine if you’re ready for a capital campaign based on evaluating six aspects of your organization. -------------         This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, August 23, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
54:59
August 24, 2021
Key Lessons in Recruiting and Involving Volunteers in Your Campaign
Key Lessons in Recruiting and Involving Volunteers in Your Campaign
In this episode, Amy and Andrea discuss the importance of involving volunteers in your campaign. You’ll learn why involving volunteers should be a priority and how to do it well. You’ll get practical advice about when to recruit people and why you should develop short-term specific assignments for them. And you’ll get a great suggestion about how to run a donor cultivation even that really works. -------------        This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, August 16, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
54:10
August 17, 2021
How to Get Your Board Members Ready for a Capital Campaign
How to Get Your Board Members Ready for a Capital Campaign
Amy and Andrea are joined by campaign expert, Xan Blake, in a lively conversation about boards and capital campaigns. Xan suggests that for the early planning phases of a campaign, board members should be in learning mode. Once the campaign plan takes shape, your board will move into a more active role that falls into three buckets: organizing, advocating and participating. -------- This podcast is the sixth and last of a special Summer Series featuring our immensely-experienced Toolkit Advisors. Our live webinars will return next week; learn more at ToolkitTalks.com.
36:03
August 09, 2021
How to Make Decisions in Your Capital Campaign
How to Make Decisions in Your Capital Campaign
Amy and Andrea are joined by campaign expert, Kent Stroman, in an insightful discussion of how to make decisions and why it matters. Kent shares with us his thoughts on the importance of intentional and thoughtful decision-making. You’ll learn to consider the who, when and how aspects of good decision-making and why that matters to the success of your campaign. -------- This podcast is the fifth of a special Summer Series featuring our immensely-experienced Toolkit Advisors. Our live webinars will return in mid-August; learn more at ToolkitTalks.com.
29:41
August 02, 2021
How to Delight and Manage Your Capital Campaign Volunteers
How to Delight and Manage Your Capital Campaign Volunteers
While delighting the donors in your campaign is important, don’t overlook the importance of making your campaign volunteers feel great. In today’s episode, Amy and Andrea welcome capital campaign expert Sarah Plimpton talk about the challenges of keeping campaign volunteers engaged. The way you treat your campaign volunteers will set the tone for your campaign now and in the future. -------- This podcast is the fourth of a special Summer Series featuring our immensely-experienced Toolkit Advisors. Our live webinars will return in mid-August; learn more at ToolkitTalks.com.
32:59
July 26, 2021
How to Recruit the Best Leaders for Your Capital Campaign
How to Recruit the Best Leaders for Your Capital Campaign
In today’s episode, Amy and Andrea are joined by their amazing colleague, Paula Peter, in a lively discussion about campaign leadership. You’ll find out what makes a good campaign chair and how to go about finding and recruiting those people for your campaign. Paula highlights the different qualities organizations need in their campaign chair, and she offers suggestions for when and how to recruit the right people. -------- This podcast is the third of a special Summer Series featuring our immensely-experienced Toolkit Advisors. Our live webinars will return in mid-August; learn more at ToolkitTalks.com.
30:29
July 19, 2021
Common Campaign Dilemmas and How to Solve Them
Common Campaign Dilemmas and How to Solve Them
Amy and Andrea are joined by campaign expert, Richard Quinn, to discuss constructive approaches to common campaign dilemmas. For example, how should you respond if you go to solicit a donor for $500,000 and she greets you at the door with a check for $50,000?  Or, what to do if your campaign chair isn’t good at soliciting gifts? -------- This podcast is the second of a special Summer Series featuring our immensely-experienced Toolkit Advisors. Our live webinars will return in mid-August; learn more at ToolkitTalks.com.
39:44
July 12, 2021
Donor Fatigue – Is It Real? What to Do About It
Donor Fatigue – Is It Real? What to Do About It
In today’s podcast, Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt welcome capital campaign expert Jeff Hensley to talk about donor fatigue.  They enjoy a revealing discussion about what donors are really tired of.  And, it’s not giving away money!  You’ll learn where to look and what to do when your donors start resenting being asked — or even worse — simply stop giving to your organization. -------- This podcast is the first of a special Summer Series featuring our immensely-experienced Toolkit Advisors. Our live webinars will return in mid-August; learn more at ToolkitTalks.com.
25:17
July 05, 2021
How to Use July and August to Connect with Your Donors
How to Use July and August to Connect with Your Donors
The easier pace of the summer weeks makes them a perfect time to connect with your donors.  This week Amy and Andrea share their favorite ways to do that.  You’ll learn the power of sharing “insider information” and of asking people for advice as you plan for the fall. -------------       This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, June 28, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
55:07
June 30, 2021
Blue Sky Planning to Kick-Start Your Campaign
Blue Sky Planning to Kick-Start Your Campaign
Amy and Andrea discuss the importance of thinking expansively about your organization every once in a while. They offer suggestions about how to get your board excited about thinking from abundance – whether in special half-day planning meetings or just in short 30-minute bursts of inspiration. They also discuss the importance blue sky thinking for you in your personal life.
49:55
June 22, 2021
How to Find and Select the Right Consultant for Your Capital Campaign
How to Find and Select the Right Consultant for Your Capital Campaign
Amy and Andrea share with you some important tips about hiring a consultant. They discuss whether or not you need a campaign consultant and why you shouldn’t issue an RFP to find your consultant. They also discuss the new innovative models they use to provide organizations with the support they need for their campaigns. -------------      This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, June 14, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
55:38
June 15, 2021
How to Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise More Money
How to Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise More Money
Andrea welcomes author, master trainer and friend, Andy Robinson to join her as a host on this Toolkit Talk. They share the principles and effective practices you should know about how to train adults.  Spoiler Alert: Adults remember more of what THEY say than they do of what YOU say! Andy and Andrea co-authored a book of training exercises, and they share some of their favorites with you.  -------------     This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, June 7, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
59:35
June 09, 2021
Campaign Structure: The Core Committee and Other Ad Hoc Groups
Campaign Structure: The Core Committee and Other Ad Hoc Groups
In this episode, Amy and Andrea discuss the importance of building volunteer engagement into the structure and fabric of your capital campaign. They review why it’s important and give you strategies for what kinds of committees you might have. They also discuss how to involve volunteers in a way that will increase the likelihood of their effective participation. As usual, Amy and Andrea branch out into other topics as well — today’s out-rigger topic was Impact Investing! -------------    This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, May 24, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
57:13
May 24, 2021
Branding and Your Capital Campaign
Branding and Your Capital Campaign
In this episode, Amy and Andrea are joined by Claire Taylor Hansen, Creative Director of Big Duck, one of the premier nonprofit communications firms in the country. They talk about why a capital campaign needs a “brand” and how it should be different from the organization’s brand. Claire shares her ideas about how a brand should capture the spirit or personality of the organization and the campaign. She also shares many ideas about the kinds of campaign materials organizations might use in their campaigns, plus how to develop them. -------------   This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, May 17, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
57:20
May 18, 2021
Nonprofit Boards and Governance - In Honor of Simone Joyaux
Nonprofit Boards and Governance - In Honor of Simone Joyaux
Amy and Andrea dive into the topic of nonprofit boards and governance, topics dear to the heart of Simone Joyaux, who died on May 2. They refer to Simone’s book, Firing Lousy Board Members, And Helping the Others Succeed as a starting place for the discussion. They share their stories about Simone and her amazing contributions to the field.  Then, they field a wide range of questions, including: How much money do you need to have raised before going public? Whose job is it to fire lousy board members? How can you help board members participate openly during board meetings? This one’s for Simone. -------------  This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, May 10, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
55:51
May 11, 2021
Donor Engagement Tools — What they are and why you need one
Donor Engagement Tools — What they are and why you need one
Amy and Andrea share their current thinking about cases for support and why they recommend donor engagement tools when speaking with donors. You’ll learn what they are and how to develop one for your campaign. It might transform the way you speak with your largest donors. They also fielded questions about campaign planning, raising money to pay down debt (or not!), and a host of other pressing questions. ------------- This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, May 3, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
54:40
May 04, 2021
Feasibility Studies – Your Questions Answered
Feasibility Studies – Your Questions Answered
In this episode, Amy and Andrea talk about Feasibility Studies — what they are, why they matter, what else you might call them, and much more. You’ll also learn about the importance of leadership and why, if the leader of your organization isn’t capable, you might think about finding a new job.  You’ll get a great tip about how to test your case for support. As a bonus, you’ll get a refresher about “yes… and,” along with Oreo cookies as tools of effective fundraising. ------------- This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, April 26, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
54:13
April 26, 2021
Emerging from COVID - What Will You Raise Money For in this Post-COVID period?
Emerging from COVID - What Will You Raise Money For in this Post-COVID period?
In this episode, Amy and Andrea discuss approaches to raising money as your organization emerges from COVID. They talk about capacity campaigns and mini-campaigns, and they answer a slew of questions about whether and when you can ask donors for yet another gift.  ------------- This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, April 19, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com. 
56:20
April 19, 2021
Board Training Tips – Help Your Board Raise More Money
Board Training Tips – Help Your Board Raise More Money
In this episode, Amy and Andrea conduct a lively conversation about training board members. Prompted by many questions, they give a rundown of key things to know about training adults, and board members in particular. You’ll learn why it’s important to get board members talking (and not just listening) during a training. You’ll find out at least two topics that are important for any board training. And you’ll even join a discussion of the current debate over donor-centric and community-centric fundraising. ----------- This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, April 12, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
53:41
April 13, 2021
Our Favorite Topic: Thinking from Abundance
Our Favorite Topic: Thinking from Abundance
Next week, Amy and Andrea will talk about the power of thinking from abundance rather than scarcity. As you get ready to plan a campaign, that kind of open, exciting thinking about what  our organization might be if you didn’t have to pinch every penny will inspire everyone to think bigger. And when it comes to fundraising, inspiring ideas generate larger gifts. Don’t miss this talk. It’s likely to inspire you to shift your mindset. --------------- This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar on April 5, 2021. To participate in future calls, register at ToolkitTalks.com. 
54:04
April 05, 2021
Timing Your Capital Campaign Just Right
Timing Your Capital Campaign Just Right
Today, Amy and Andrea discuss key issues of timing when it comes to capital campaigns. They focus on three key points.   First, you should resist the temptation to launch a capital campaign for a new building until you've secured a site for the building and have schematic plans. Second, don’t start a campaign if the leadership of your organization is iffy. Donors give large, generous gifts when they have confidence in the future of the organization. And third, finish your campaign before the ribbon is cut.  The discussion is lively and questions flow. Take a listen. -------------  This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar on March 29, 2021. To participate in future calls, register at ToolkitTalks.com. 
53:07
March 29, 2021
Lessons in Capital Campaigning from a Campaign in Progress
Lessons in Capital Campaigning from a Campaign in Progress
In today's episode, Andrea is joined by Sebastian Ruth, Founder and ED of Community Music Works, an organization that is in the midst of a lively and effective campaign. They chat about the lessons they’ve learned through the first two years of the campaign.  They talk about setting goals, board giving and ways to make campaign committees function well. ------------- This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar on March 22, 2021. To participate in future calls, register at ToolkitTalks.com.  
57:58
March 23, 2021
Don’t Drop the Ball When Your Campaign Reaches Goal
Don’t Drop the Ball When Your Campaign Reaches Goal
Amy and Andrea discuss the work to be done once your campaign has reached its goal. They talk about celebrating and reporting and making sure that your donors feel great about the campaign. They highlight the importance of effective post-campaign activity and suggest that it’s really the very beginning of your next campaign.   And in their wide-ranging discussion, you’ll even learn about “Six Word Stories” and how you can use them to come up with a theme for your campaign. ----------- Today's episode was recorded on a live webinar on March 15, 2021. To participate in these sessions, register today at ToolkitTalks.com.
55:59
March 16, 2021
Adopt a Campaign Mindset in Your Fundraising
Adopt a Campaign Mindset in Your Fundraising
Have you ever wondered why capital campaigns raise so much money? Has it dawned on you that you might be able to adopt some of the principles of capital campaign fundraising to the rest of your fundraising program? In this episode, Andrea and Amy discuss why you should adopt a "campaign campaign mindset" and how you might do that. ----------------- This conversation was recorded live on a webinar on March 8, 2021. To participate in this live call, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
46:31
March 08, 2021
How to Use Your Capital Campaign to Build Your Board
How to Use Your Capital Campaign to Build Your Board
In today’s episode, Amy and Andrea discuss an unlikely truth about boards and capital campaigns. You may think that you’ve got to scramble to build a strong board before your campaign, but in today’s episode you’ll learn why that’s not the best strategy. And Andrea shares a remarkable idea about boards that she learned from a major donor some years ago. -------- This episode was recorded on a live webinar on March 1, 2021. To participate in these webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
53:13
March 02, 2021
The Skinny on Feasibility Studies — Stuff You Need to Know
The Skinny on Feasibility Studies — Stuff You Need to Know
In this episode, Amy and Andrea take on the important subject of feasibility studies. Can they really tell you how much you can raise? Is it important that the interviews are done by an outside consultant? And much more... ------- This conversation was recorded live on a webinar on February 22, 2021. To participate in this live call, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
55:37
February 23, 2021
Elements of Infrastructure to Set Up Your Campaign for Success
Elements of Infrastructure to Set Up Your Campaign for Success
In this episode, Amy and Andrea weave together the many aspects of organization and infrastructure of successful campaign.  Do you have an effective CRM system? Have you developed effective ways of reporting on your campaign progress?  Do you have a plan for managing volunteer committees? Join Amy and Andrea in a free-flowing conversation about these topics and much more winding up with a reminder not to get stuck in the quest for perfection that inhibits progress. This episode was recorded on a live webinar with hundreds of participants. To join the weekly webinar in person, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
56:12
February 16, 2021
How to Use a Campaign to Grow Relationships with Major Donors
How to Use a Campaign to Grow Relationships with Major Donors
One of the ways campaigns build capacity is by providing opportunities and energy to identify potential donors and build or strengthen  relationships with them. Campaigns provide an excellent context for focusing on that important work. As they plan campaigns, organizations are primed to think about increasing their impact. And, the promise of increased impact sets the stage for donor conversations.  Also in this episode, Amy and Andrea take head-on the question of fundraising events and why Covid19 has given you a wonderful opportunity to rethink your practices. This episode was recorded on a live webinar on February 8, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register today at ToolkitTalks.com
53:51
February 09, 2021
Use Your Campaign to Build Connections with Donors (Old and New)
Use Your Campaign to Build Connections with Donors (Old and New)
In this episode, you’ll learn a number of ways you can apply the principles of capital campaign fundraising to build your fundraising program —  with or without a campaign! Join Amy and Andrea for this lively discussion. ------------ This conversation was recorded on a live webinar on February 1, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
56:07
February 02, 2021
Is a Comprehensive Campaign Right for Your Nonprofit?
Is a Comprehensive Campaign Right for Your Nonprofit?
In this episode Amy and Andrea discuss topics related to 1) What to include in your campaign goal; and 2) The relationship between annual fund and capital campaigns; and 3) The importance of a generous mindset for fundraising. . . . . This conversation was recorded on a live webinar on Monday, January 25, 2021. To sign up and participate in future talks like this, register at ToolkitTalks.com
55:45
January 26, 2021
Staffing Up and Budgeting for Your Campaign
Staffing Up and Budgeting for Your Campaign
In this episode, Amy and Andrea answer questions and discuss topics related to 1) staffing up for a campaign; and 2) how to budget for a campaign; and 3) why feasibility studies are so important. *** This episode was recorded on a live webinar held on January 18, 2021. To participate in future live events, go to ToolkitTalks.com.
56:21
January 19, 2021
The Importance of Endowment and Capacity Campaigns
The Importance of Endowment and Capacity Campaigns
In this episode, Amy and Andrea discuss how to think about having campaign to build your capacity, including your endowment. They answer lots of great questions about the specifics of the difference between true endowments and quasi-endowments, as well as how to discuss those options with donors. This episode was taped on a live webinar on January 11, 2021. To join these live conversations, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
55:53
January 12, 2021
What's your BHAG - your Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal?
What's your BHAG - your Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal?
As we start the year, Andrea and Amy ask you: What's your BHAG - your Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal?  You and your organization should have one. In fact, not only should you have a BHAG, but it should drive your organization forward. Your BHAG should inspire you, your board and your staff to do everything  they can to make an even bigger difference in the world you serve. You'll also learn from your peers as they ask other questions about fundraising and capital campaigns.  Recorded on a live webinar on Monday, January 4th, 2021 - to participate in future live webinars, go to ToolkitTalks.com.
56:47
January 07, 2021