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Six Key Indicators of Success in Capital Fundraising

How do you know if you should launch a capital appeal?
How do you know that the capital appeal you’ve launched is on track?
How do you focus your efforts on the important things to make your appeal a success?
These six key factors will answer all of those questions for you.

How big is big?

Big Gift, Major Gift, Major Donor – call it what you will – Fundraising isn’t defined by a set gift amount. It is defined by its approach – taking the time to develop a relationship with a person over time in order to ask for a commitment.

Does your Case for Support pass the Why? test?

It used to be the natural thing for us to question everything – we asked why? all the time. Over time we’ve stopped doing that so much – we know more, we don’t ask as much. Asking “yeah, but why?” about your fundraising proposition is a good test of whether you’ve arrived at the nub of the issue yet… and if you can’t answer the whys that you come up with you won’t be answering the whys of your audience

Failure to ask: a cautionary tale

It is less risky to ask for a gift when you know the person is likely to say yes. Learning how to read the signs of another person’s likelihood to give is sometimes tricky and sometimes really obvious. But fundamentally it is the asking that is the secret: if you don’t ask you definitely won’t get!