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Capital Campaigns: Yes, You Can Do It!

Approved for 7.5 CFRE Hours

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What do think of when you hear the words, “capital campaign?” The Pain part? The mystery of rocket science? The disruption of your daily fundraising efforts? In this eight-lesson course, we’ll take the pain out of your campaign and give you everything you need to know. In this course you will learn:

  • How to assess your readiness for a campaign
  • What kind of campaign materials you will need
  • How to find the right campaign chair
  • How to find and solicit donors
  • Whether you need a planning study
  • How to manage life after the campaign
  • And More

Summary of Lessons:

  • Lesson One: Are You Ready for a Campaign—do you have the infrastructure in place including software, human resources, a compelling case?
  • Lesson Two: Volunteer Roles in the Campaign—the roles of staff, board, volunteers, and consultants in a successful campaign.
  • Lesson Three: The Planning Study—what is a study, do you need one, how does it work, how long will it take, how much will it cost?
  • Lesson Four: Seven Keys to a Successful Campaign—the keys to success and the pitfalls to avoid.
  • Lesson Five: Finding the Right Campaign Chair—the right volunteer leadership can make or break your campaign. Do you need co-chairs, a vice-chair, and honorary chair?
  • Lesson Six: Finding and Soliciting Donors—Obviously, a big need for your campaign, who are your best donor prospects and how do you approach them?
  • Lesson 7: The Campaign Plan—The key to a successful campaign is having all the strategies in place before you start including a campaign budget and timeline.
  • Lesson 8: Life After the Campaign—how to build on the strengths of your campaign for a stronger development program in the future.

The recommended materials for this course are:

Capital Campaigns: Everything You Need to Know (In the Trenches)

Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?: Assessing Your Nonprofit’s Ability to Run a Major Fundraising Campaign


Your Instructor


Linda Lysakowski
Linda Lysakowski

Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE, is the author of Recruiting and Training Fundraising Volunteers; The Development Plan; Fundraising as a Career: What, Are You Crazy?; Capital Campaigns: Everything You NEED to Know; Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign workbook, Raise More Money from Your Business Community; Raise More Money from Your Business Community—The Workbook; Fundraising for the GENIUS; a contributing author to The Fundraising Feasibility Study—It’s Not About the Money and YOU and Your Nonprofit Board; co-editor of YOU and Your Nonprofit and The Nonprofit Consulting Handbook; and co-author of The Essential Nonprofit Fundraising Handbook, The Leaky Bucket: What’s Wrong With Your Fundraising…And How You Can Fix It, Nonprofit Strategic Planning, CharityChannel’s Quick Guide to Creating Your Development Plan, CharityChannel’s Quick Guide to Developing Your Case for Support, and The New Donor. Her latest book, CharityChannel’s Quick Guide to Board Giving will be released this spring. She has also written in the fiction realm, having published The Matriarch and The Face of Jesus. Linda has more than thirty years’ experience in the nonprofit sector and has created dozens of development plans.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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