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Role of the President/CEO’s in a Capital Campaign
Nov 16, 2016  |  Uncategorized

By John A. Martin, CFRE  Perhaps the greatest test of any President/Chief Executive Officer(CEO) is a capital campaign.  A standard job description for a President/CEO of a non-profit does not often list fund-raising as a first priority, and we can state definitively that we have yet to meet a CEO who would state they took … Read More »

Building Institutional Capacity through a Capital Campaign
Oct 27, 2015  |  Uncategorized

Capital campaigns are major undertakings for any non-profit organization, requiring the full support of boards, stakeholders and staff. Beyond the obvious financial benefits of a campaign, the by-products of a well-run campaign can build institutional capacity that will serve the organization for many years.

Capital Campaigns: What is the Value of A Planning Study?
Mar 26, 2015  |  Uncategorized

By John A. Martin, CFRE Over the past thirty years the one question that I am asked, a lot, by organizations leadership that are planning a capital campaign, “Do we need a feasibility study? What is the difference between a “feasibility study and planning study? What are we going to learn that we do not … Read More »

Capital Campaign Sputtering!
Mar 18, 2015  |  Uncategorized

An Interview with John A. Martin, CFRE This issue of The Martin Letter is the fourth in a series of interviews with practitioners in the field of philanthropy. Our Editor interviewed John Martin, President & Managing Partner for MGI Fund Raising Consulting, Inc., on the subject of Capital Campaigns. Martin identified some common mistakes that … Read More »

Rising Above the Clutter
Mar 17, 2015  |  Uncategorized

By John A. Martin, CFRE When times are tough, integrated fund raising and communication strategies matter more than ever. Yet for many non-profit institutions, maximizing communications potential is a difficult task, often taking a back seat to the more pressing issues of service, annual fund raising, and organizational goals. Combine that with the fact that … Read More »