Capital Campaign Study Findings Presented

December 12, 2009

Managing partner Cheryl Slover-Linett presented findings from a new national study on how cultural and educational institutions plan for and fund their captial campaigns.  The panel presentation was made to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Midwest Conference on Philanthropy.

The study was conducted by Slover Linett Strategies in association with the strategic fundraising consultancy Campbell & Company and the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which also published an article on the results in its March 31, 2009 issue. Slover-Linett's co-presenters on the panel included Bruce Matthews, Vice President of Campbell & Company and three development officers at Chicago-area nonprofits: Charles Katzenmeyer, Vice President for External Affairs at the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum; David Unruh, Associate Vice President for Development at the University of Chicago; and Nancy Ali, Vice President of Resource Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

The survey of fundraising exectuives at some 400 nonprofit organizations around the U.S. examined how captial campaigns are developed, budgeted, and implemented and how the funds raised are eventually used. It yielded insights about how the economy is affecting campaigns already underway and identified good practices in creating a successful capital campaign.

Findings from the study were initially presented at the national AFP conference in New Orleans on April 1, 2009.  Slover-Linett's co-presenter at that time was Peter Fissinger, president of Campbell & Company.

The presentation can be downloaded here, and we welcome any questions or comments about the findings.

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