JGA Blog

2 Crucial Elements Influence Capital Campaign Success

July 17, 2015

In a recent luncheon conversation, a prospective client asked me, “What, more than anything else, influences the success of a capital campaign?”

A number of important factors quickly came to mind: a well-conceived and executed plan, outstanding institutional and volunteer leadership, great campaign counsel (like JGA, of course . . . just couldn’t resist!).  But as I reflected on the many campaigns in which I have been involved over the years, I told the inquirer two things stand out as being most influential. Donors_Vision_Puzzle_2

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Is Your Development Operation Road-Worthy? Time to Assess

July 07, 2015

If a client is just beginning to explore the notion of a feasibility study and an eventual campaign, JGA may offer what we call an Initial Assessment — better known internally as a “Kick the Tires” assessment. Just as an early 20th-century motorist might kick the tires of a new vehicle to determine the road-worthiness of its tires, it can be extremely important to do the same with a development department before it sets out on the challenging and winding road of a campaign.

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The President’s Role in a Campaign: 10 Key Responsibilities

May 29, 2015

Presidential involvement is a crucial component of campaign success | A campaign will likely be one of the most important undertakings of a presidency and can transform an institution. The following list outlines the president’s top responsibilities in ensuring campaign success.

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Developing Your Case for Support — Preparation is Everything!

March 23, 2015

JGA has the privilege of working with a diverse mix of nonprofit organizations and institutions to develop their preliminary cases for support. Though many clients may see this work as a chore, it is a key part of campaign planning that can significantly impact the success of your campaign. No pressure!

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Are You Ready for a Campaign Feasibility Study?

January 14, 2015

Campaigns are often preceded by a feasibility study. It’s a common and proven way to gauge what level of philanthropic support may be achieved in a campaign and what strategy will help ensure the success of a campaign.

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Key Elements to a Successful Day of Giving Campaign

March 20, 2014

by Lee Ernst


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Using Wealth Screening as a Campaign Tool

February 20, 2014

by Lee Ernst


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Lead Donors will Make or Break Your Campaign

November 06, 2013

by Kris Kindelsperger


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Art in Practice: The Feasibility Study Interview

October 04, 2013


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The Mechanics of a Feasibility Study

August 07, 2013

by Ted Grossnickle


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