Andrea Kihlstedt is recognized as a foremost expert in the capital campaign field.
As a campaign consultant for more than 25 years, Andrea has worked with many dozens of organizations helping them raise hundreds of millions of dollars.
Andrea has authored four books:
- Capital Campaigns: Strategies that Work is a complete soup-to-nuts campaign manual that is a standard reference used by consultants and nonprofit development staffers.
- How to Raise $1 Million (or More) in Ten Bite Sized Steps is a short, story-based book, ideal for people who want an engaging quick-read about what’s needed to do a campaign and avoid some of the pitfalls.
- Asking Styles: Harness Your Personal Fundraising Power (Charity Channel Press) is Andrea’s groundbreaking book that describes a simple personality assessment geared to make everyone a more comfortable asker.
- Train Your Board (And Everyone Else) to Raise Money (coauthor, Andy Robinson) is a cookbook of 51 easy-to-use fundraising exercises that will help your board become more comfortable with fundraising.
A veteran of the fundraising profession for nearly 30 years, Andrea has helped dozens of organizations, large and small, conduct successful capital campaigns, raising more money than they ever thought possible. She’s worked with social service organizations, health clinics and hospitals, schools, libraries and social change organizations.
Andrea co-developed the capital campaign course for The Fundraising School in Indiana and has done a great deal of training and speaking for both local and national organizations.
In 2010, Andrea co-founded Asking Matters. This innovative website provides the information and motivation people need to get out and ask. Asking Matters has created a system that helps people identify their personal Asking Styles and learn how to ask for donations authentically using the style that suits them best.
Andrea is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Brown University, where she received degrees in Philosophy. She is also a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Fellows Program in Change Management. She has an abiding interest in psychology and she has both taken and taught courses at the Gestalt International Study Center in Massachusetts.
She currently lives in New York city with her husband, Tyko. She blogs regularly on her own website, AndreaKihlstedt.com.
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