Timing is key during transition from a planning study into a capital campaign

Great news! Your organization’s recently-completed planning study found strong support for a capital campaign. Your donors are fired up and ready to support such a transformational fundraising effort. You have interested volunteers and leaders excited to step up. What’s your next step? At the Steier Group, we advise our clients to start the capital campaign immediately – preferably in less than two weeks. We have found that delaying the start of a capital campaign after… Read more »

Five tips for maximizing your year-end giving

The calendar turns to 2019 in a few weeks and wise directors of nonprofits are focused on making their year-end giving a smashing success. Ending the year on a strong note is important as research shows that 30 percent of annual giving occurs in December with 10 percent occurring in the final three days of the year. Many of your supporters have an incentive to give before the year ends for tax purposes. Looking over… Read more »

Positive attitude can go a long way in fundraising

Raising money is not an easy task, especially when you have to raise a lot of it. Conducting a capital campaign successfully requires careful planning, lots of consultation, widespread buy-in, strong leadership, a clear vision, a transparent communication plan, and a reliable and energetic corps of volunteers. But the best strategy and mechanics for executing an effort of this magnitude won’t get you very far without an indispensable disposition to support it all: a positive… Read more »

Steier Group research highlighted by Association of Fundraising Professionals

During the Steier Group’s 21-year history, one thing has always stood out as we have raised money for nonprofits across the country: People give more when asked in person. That personal touch is key to fundraising success. In October 2017, we published our findings of a two-year research project that explored this. Our findings more than backed this up. The Steier Group research found that donors, when asked in person, give 54 percent of their… Read more »

Boost your planned giving program with these tips

Fall offers the perfect chance to take a look at your nonprofit’s planned giving program. Strong annual giving, strategically-planned special events, and professionally-run capital campaigns are the bedrock of any fundraising program. But a strong planned giving program will have a lasting impact for any nonprofit. Does your organization have a legacy society? Have you taken stock of all the deferred gifts your donors have planned? Here are four ways to improve your planned giving… Read more »

Find capital campaign success with the right fundraising firm fit

Solving the puzzle of team chemistry presents a challenge for sports franchises and business CEOs alike. The most talented team does not always take home the championship or rake in Fortune 500 revenue. Even if the puzzle appears whole, the pieces may not fit just right. Finding the right fit is paramount in hiring a fundraising consultant. Any outside help will likely lead to additional funds raised, but, to maximize your organization’s fundraising potential, it… Read more »