Set Up Your Capital Campaign for Guaranteed Success
Get help from experienced campaign experts BEFORE you spend a ton of of money on a feasibility study. Your personal campaign coach will help you lay the groundwork EARLY with your board and your donors.
- Line up early prospects for the lead gifts.
- Find consensus on your campaign objectives and dollar goals.
- Engage your most important donors before you ask them for a gift.
- Get your board on board with your campaign right from the start.
The stakes have never been higher.
When you first realized that your organization was heading into a capital campaign, you got a little jolt of adrenaline — that mix of fear and excitement!
You thought about how amazing it would be to really ramp up your fundraising program with high stakes, high energy and big commitments. You’ve built a solid development program that’s had good results.
Now, it’s time to put it to the test.
But when you sit down to make a campaign plan, you realize that you’re adrift.
You’ve never led or planned a capital campaign from stem to stern. Neither has your ED or your board chair.
You need some objective guidance, but you’re not ready to spring for a costly consultant.
Get expert help BEFORE you hire a consultant.
With a big campaign looming and so much money on the line, do you really want to have to figure this out yourself?
Or would you rather work with someone who’s been there — someone who can guide you strategically through the early campaign planning stages right through to selecting a consultant that’s right for your organization.
Andrea and Gail gave me focus and drive to take the steps and move forward on my first campaign ever! Andrea was my rock — she helped me to move forward with courage. There were days when I did not know what I would have done without her. Today we are progressing as a team — thank you for the jump start Campaign Masters!
Director of Fund Development, Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics
Your Very Own Capital Campaign Planning Coach
Get affordable, personal, direct help to prime your organization for a successful campaign. You’ll have a custom-tailored agenda that’ll help you organize the foundation of your campaign.
- Clarify your campaign goals
- Write a compelling case draft
- Identify and recruit your campaign leaders, and
- Get your donors ready to give.
- Select the right capital campaign consultant.
Through individualized work with a coach, you’ll learn the basics of capital campaign fundraising as they specifically apply to your organization.
It’s true: You really don’t know what you don’t know.
Before working with Capital Campaign Masters, we thought all we had to do was put our plans for a spiffy new theatre together and start asking people for money. Thankfully, CCM opened our eyes and we realize now that we can’t expect to get the big gifts we’ll need from people who haven’t been involved in the process.
We worked with our coach from CCM for 6 months: compiled our top donors, drafted our case for support, and met with donors to ask for their advice and support. We learned more from that process than we ever imagined. Gradually, our case got sharper and more compelling. Our donors got more engaged. And our staff and board came to understand how capital campaigns really work.
Now, with some guidance from CCM, we’ve just hired a great consultant who was super impressed by the work we had done. He tells us that our prospects for a successful campaign are terrific!
Kevin Harris, San Luis Obispo Little Theatre
So when this question hits you again and again…
“What do we do next and how do we do it?”
You can rest easy knowing that your coach will be there to guide you to set up the most successful campaign imaginable.
How Pre-Capital Campaign Coaching Works
Twice each month, you’ll meet by phone or Skype with your campaign coach who will be your guide as you get ready for your campaign.
You’ll gain the confidence you need by having a seasoned expert at your side. What’s more, having regularly scheduled coaching calls will give you the discipline necessary to tackle every aspect of your campaign.
Time and time again, I brought my half-baked ideas to my campaign coaches and they have masterfully helped me convert them into cohesive, meaningful strategies. I walk away from each coaching session with practical solutions to move our campaign forward.
Kansas City Repertory Theatre
You’ll also learn from guest experts
Sometimes, you and the other people who are participating in the coaching program will be invited to join web-discussions led by Andrea and the other senior coaches. During these web-based sessions, you’ll learn about campaign topics like these:
- How to set your campaign goals and objectives
- How to create a preliminary case for support
- How to enlist your campaign leadership
- What staff you’ll need for your campaign
- How to create a gift range chart for your campaign
- Ways to engage your largest donors before you’re ready to ask
Capital campaigns are complicated. The stakes are high.
With an experienced expert by your side right from the start, and a small group of peers to share with and learn from, you’ll set your campaign up to succeed.
Applying is easy and free.
Our veteran campaign coaches are only able to work with a limited number of organizations at a time. So the campaign coaching program is first come, first serve by application only.
To determine if your organization is a good fit for individual campaign coaching, click the button below to schedule a free strategy session to help determine if pre-campaign coaching would be right for you.
Go ahead — complete the form now and you’ll have a chance to talk directly with an experienced campaign coach.
They’ll want to learn more about your organization and your campaign so they can determine if your organization is a good candidate for coaching.
You’ll benefit from your conversation regardless of whether you’re accepted into the coaching program.
Because space in the coaching program is limited, only the organizations that are ready and able to take full advantage of this remarkable opportunity will be invited to participate.
Answers to Your Questions
Is campaign coaching right for my organization?
Campaign coaching may be perfect for you and your organization…
- If your organization is ready to plan a campaign…
- If your Executive Director and Board Chair are firmly committed to a campaign…
- If you’re ready and willing to work on campaign planning.
What do I need to qualify?
To qualify for the coaching program, you must be:
- Actively planning a capital campaign.
- Have the time and energy to devote to moving your campaign forward.
And if you’re truly ready to plan your campaign… watch out! Because, once you begin working with us, you’ll make more progress than you ever imagined.
What does pre-campaign coaching cost?
Applying for coaching is completely FREE. However, should you be accepted into the program and choose to join, you must be ready to invest both time and money in making sure your campaign is headed for success.
The coaching program lasts for 3 months, at a cost of $3600. After the initial three month series, organizations that continue on with private coaching (and many do) receive a 10% discount.
Who are the coaches?
Together these individuals are a formidable coaching team, combining experience and wisdom with humor and compassion.
Will we still need a campaign consultant?
Yes. This coaching program will get you ready for a campaign, but then you will need a consultant to conduct a feasibility or campaign planning study and then guide you through your campaign. CCM does not offer those services, but we will help you select a consultant that’s the right fit for your organization.
When does the next coaching session begin?
Coaching groups start up three times each year:
What kind of results can I expect?
Once your organization is campaign-ready, you can expect to move into your campaign and succeed! You and your board will be ready and confident.
Plus, you’ll save money when you hire your capital campaign consultant because you’ll already have what they need for a successful study in place.
You have NOTHING to lose and EVERYTHING to gain.
Capital Campaign coaching has shown us how important it is to involve our donors in the planning, listening to their viewpoints and engaging them long before we’re ready to ask them for gifts.
Director of Institutional Advancement, All Saints Episcopal School