A positive image

It is important that your organisation enjoys a positive image within its key constituencies. It should be seen as special.

A strong and compelling proposition for supporting this appeal

The campaign must have a clear demonstrable need, which appeals to the interests and desires of prospective donors. It must also create a strong internal consensus in support of this need with all of your members and visitors.

A logical plan to meet the need

Both the need and the plan to meet the need (the plans for the new building, its location etc.) must be acceptable to your stakeholders and potential supporters.

A sense of urgency

There must be a consensus that meeting the need is vital to your organisation. If a sense of urgency does not exist, it must be generated in the earliest stages of the appeal. This urgency must include the need to raise additional funds.

Sufficient sources of financial support

There must be adequate financial resources within the potential audiences that would support your organisation to meet the need.

Although the “giving pyramid” required for successful capital campaigns does vary from instance to instance, experience shows that success is based on an ability to secure the following levels of giving:

Top Investment 12-18% of goal

Top Ten Investments 50-55% of goal

Next 50-100 Investments 40-50% of goal

Enthusiastic trustees and a strong trustee board

The nucleus of any appeal is the group which authorises the programme. The trustees must be dedicated to the campaign and willing to support it generously with time and energy.

Influential appeal leadership

The appeal must have access to people who can influence and motivate others at the highest levels. An adequate pool of dedicated volunteer appeal leaders is one of the most critical factors required for a successful capital campaign.

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