Capstone Advancement Partners

Capstone Advancement Partners Serving nonprofit organizations through relationship- and result-driven fundraising strategies Capstone Advancement Partners was formed in 2003 by a team of experienced fundraising professionals committed to helping a broad spectrum of non-profits meet their comprehensive development needs through innovative, client-sensitive solutions.

At Capstone, we believe that all successful fundraising efforts share certain common ingredients, but we also believe that each client and community has its own special culture, values, and traditions. Working in partnership with our clients, we are able to develop fundraising strategies that include the essentials for success while respecting the differences that make each organization unique. Ou

At Capstone, we believe that all successful fundraising efforts share certain common ingredients, but we also believe that each client and community has its own special culture, values, and traditions. Working in partnership with our clients, we are able to develop fundraising strategies that include the essentials for success while respecting the differences that make each organization unique. Ou

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It is not sufficient for #donors to see statistics about the important work your organization does. They must be moved b...
04/27/2021

It is not sufficient for #donors to see statistics about the important work your organization does. They must be moved by the impact it has. They must be affected by the idea of the difference they can make with their support. #majorgifts

It is not sufficient for #donors to see statistics about the important work your organization does. They must be moved by the impact it has. They must be affected by the idea of the difference they can make with their support. #majorgifts

It’s frustrating when a prospect doesn’t respond, but don’t assume that means they aren’t interested. Try reaching out i...
04/26/2021

It’s frustrating when a prospect doesn’t respond, but don’t assume that means they aren’t interested. Try reaching out in different ways or ask someone else to make the contact. Adjust your strategy, not your expectations. #majorgifts

It’s frustrating when a prospect doesn’t respond, but don’t assume that means they aren’t interested. Try reaching out in different ways or ask someone else to make the contact. Adjust your strategy, not your expectations. #majorgifts

Fundraisers don’t have the time to be perfect. If you take too long to engage #donors in your mission, they will take th...
04/20/2021

Fundraisers don’t have the time to be perfect. If you take too long to engage #donors in your mission, they will take their passion - and their money - elsewhere. Every minute you spend trying to get it perfect is a minute you aren’t spending with your supporters. #majorgifts

Fundraisers don’t have the time to be perfect. If you take too long to engage #donors in your mission, they will take their passion - and their money - elsewhere. Every minute you spend trying to get it perfect is a minute you aren’t spending with your supporters. #majorgifts

This seems like a pretty good definition of #fundraising - inspiring #donors with stories of how their support can chang...
04/19/2021

This seems like a pretty good definition of #fundraising - inspiring #donors with stories of how their support can change the world.

This seems like a pretty good definition of #fundraising - inspiring #donors with stories of how their support can change the world.

When you make #donors feel good, they don’t think about how much money they are giving you. Stir their emotions with sto...
04/13/2021

When you make #donors feel good, they don’t think about how much money they are giving you. Stir their emotions with stories and let them feel the glow of giving. #majorgifts

When you make #donors feel good, they don’t think about how much money they are giving you. Stir their emotions with stories and let them feel the glow of giving. #majorgifts

Donors want to be a part of what comes next. Talk to them about dreams, not needs, if you want to inspire transformation...
04/12/2021

Donors want to be a part of what comes next. Talk to them about dreams, not needs, if you want to inspire transformational giving. #majorgifts

Donors want to be a part of what comes next. Talk to them about dreams, not needs, if you want to inspire transformational giving. #majorgifts

Successful #solicitations are the result of connecting the dots between #donors interests and priorities and the organiz...
03/31/2021

Successful #solicitations are the result of connecting the dots between #donors interests and priorities and the organization’s #mission. When you find that alignment, you are ready to ask for support that will address both their goals and yours. #majorgifts

Successful #solicitations are the result of connecting the dots between #donors interests and priorities and the organization’s #mission. When you find that alignment, you are ready to ask for support that will address both their goals and yours. #majorgifts

We are wired for connection and friendship. When you prioritize #donor relationships over your needs, you are giving the...
03/30/2021

We are wired for connection and friendship. When you prioritize #donor relationships over your needs, you are giving them something they value - friendship. In return, they will give you their engagement and support. #majorgifts

We are wired for connection and friendship. When you prioritize #donor relationships over your needs, you are giving them something they value - friendship. In return, they will give you their engagement and support. #majorgifts

There are many new ways to give: peer-to-peer, via text, in response to one day giving events. However, what hasn’t chan...
03/29/2021

There are many new ways to give: peer-to-peer, via text, in response to one day giving events. However, what hasn’t changed is that the best way to secure #majorgifts is through a stewardship-focused program that values building relationships and engaging #donors in your #mission.

There are many new ways to give: peer-to-peer, via text, in response to one day giving events. However, what hasn’t changed is that the best way to secure #majorgifts is through a stewardship-focused program that values building relationships and engaging #donors in your #mission.

We all dream about landing that transformational gift, but have you thought about what you will do once you get it? Rece...
03/26/2021

We all dream about landing that transformational gift, but have you thought about what you will do once you get it? Receiving the donation is the first step, not the last one. Focus on your #stewardship plans if you want #majorgifts. #fridayfunny

We all dream about landing that transformational gift, but have you thought about what you will do once you get it? Receiving the donation is the first step, not the last one. Focus on your #stewardship plans if you want #majorgifts. #fridayfunny

It’s easy to be frustrated when #donors want their gifts to create programs an organization cannot sustain. The solution...
03/24/2021

It’s easy to be frustrated when #donors want their gifts to create programs an organization cannot sustain. The solution is to #engage them in your #mission so they can see the issue first-hand and up close. Don’t just ask for their money. Make them a partner in addressing the problem. #majorgifts

It’s easy to be frustrated when #donors want their gifts to create programs an organization cannot sustain. The solution is to #engage them in your #mission so they can see the issue first-hand and up close. Don’t just ask for their money. Make them a partner in addressing the problem. #majorgifts

Lots of #donor communication focuses on all the great things the organization has done. Bragging doesn’t inspire giving....
03/23/2021

Lots of #donor communication focuses on all the great things the organization has done. Bragging doesn’t inspire giving. Rather, talk about how supporters’ generosity made a difference. Talk about them, not you. #majorgifts

Lots of #donor communication focuses on all the great things the organization has done. Bragging doesn’t inspire giving. Rather, talk about how supporters’ generosity made a difference. Talk about them, not you. #majorgifts

Successful #fundraising isn’t the result of big #solicitations. It is the small things done over time that allow you to ...
03/22/2021

Successful #fundraising isn’t the result of big #solicitations. It is the small things done over time that allow you to build relationships with #donors and engage them in your mission that leads to transformational giving. #majorgifts

Successful #fundraising isn’t the result of big #solicitations. It is the small things done over time that allow you to build relationships with #donors and engage them in your mission that leads to transformational giving. #majorgifts

Are you waiting for the perfect moment to #solicit your #donors? Delaying may be an indication that you haven’t engaged ...
03/19/2021

Are you waiting for the perfect moment to #solicit your #donors? Delaying may be an indication that you haven’t engaged with them enough to understand why they give. When you can answer that question, you will be ready to act. #majorgifts #fridayfunny

Are you waiting for the perfect moment to #solicit your #donors? Delaying may be an indication that you haven’t engaged with them enough to understand why they give. When you can answer that question, you will be ready to act. #majorgifts #fridayfunny

You will remember things about a #donor that will lead to successful #solicitations if you pay attention to the little t...
03/16/2021

You will remember things about a #donor that will lead to successful #solicitations if you pay attention to the little things they share instead of asking them to pay attention to all the things your organization has done. #majorgifts

You will remember things about a #donor that will lead to successful #solicitations if you pay attention to the little things they share instead of asking them to pay attention to all the things your organization has done. #majorgifts

Successful #solicitations are the result of knowing your #donors well enough that you ask them for the right thing at th...
03/15/2021

Successful #solicitations are the result of knowing your #donors well enough that you ask them for the right thing at the right time in the right way with the right people. You can only achieve this level of preparation by engaging supporters and listening to what they tell you. #majorgifts

Successful #solicitations are the result of knowing your #donors well enough that you ask them for the right thing at the right time in the right way with the right people. You can only achieve this level of preparation by engaging supporters and listening to what they tell you. #majorgifts

Are you telling your #donors that their support will help make things better? You have to connect the dots between the n...
03/12/2021

Are you telling your #donors that their support will help make things better? You have to connect the dots between the need that exists and their ability to make things ok. It’s that hopefulness that makes them feel good about giving. #majorgifts #fridayfunny

Are you telling your #donors that their support will help make things better? You have to connect the dots between the need that exists and their ability to make things ok. It’s that hopefulness that makes them feel good about giving. #majorgifts #fridayfunny

When cultivating #donors, you have to follow their lead. Paying attention to what they tell you  may force you to change...
03/11/2021

When cultivating #donors, you have to follow their lead. Paying attention to what they tell you may force you to change your strategy. The end result may look different than you planned, but by #engaging your supporters, the results will be what you need. #majorgifts

When cultivating #donors, you have to follow their lead. Paying attention to what they tell you may force you to change your strategy. The end result may look different than you planned, but by #engaging your supporters, the results will be what you need. #majorgifts

I love calling #donors to thank them for their support because their surprise in not being asked for more always gives w...
03/10/2021

I love calling #donors to thank them for their support because their surprise in not being asked for more always gives way to their delight in having made a difference. Take a couple of minutes every day to surprise someone by showing your #gratitude. #majorgifts

I love calling #donors to thank them for their support because their surprise in not being asked for more always gives way to their delight in having made a difference. Take a couple of minutes every day to surprise someone by showing your #gratitude. #majorgifts

Emotions, not numbers, fuel giving. Tell stories instead of sharing information. #majorgifts
03/09/2021

Emotions, not numbers, fuel giving. Tell stories instead of sharing information. #majorgifts

Emotions, not numbers, fuel giving. Tell stories instead of sharing information. #majorgifts

I think of #fundraising as a series of next steps. You can’t solicit until you know what to ask for. You can’t take the ...
03/08/2021

I think of #fundraising as a series of next steps. You can’t solicit until you know what to ask for. You can’t take the next step until you take the first one. If you put that call or email off, you are building in time before you can ask for support. Act today so you can follow up tomorrow. #majorgifts

I think of #fundraising as a series of next steps. You can’t solicit until you know what to ask for. You can’t take the next step until you take the first one. If you put that call or email off, you are building in time before you can ask for support. Act today so you can follow up tomorrow. #majorgifts

Don’t put off things you can do to engage #donors. It’s more important to act than it is to get the wording perfect, thi...
03/05/2021

Don’t put off things you can do to engage #donors. It’s more important to act than it is to get the wording perfect, think through all the questions they may ask, or finish up your paperwork. #majorgifts #fridayfunny

Don’t put off things you can do to engage #donors. It’s more important to act than it is to get the wording perfect, think through all the questions they may ask, or finish up your paperwork. #majorgifts #fridayfunny

Building relationships with #donors that result in transformational gifts requires time and patience. Do not expect #maj...
03/04/2021

Building relationships with #donors that result in transformational gifts requires time and patience. Do not expect #majorgifts in the beginning. Instead, use that time to engage supporters, learn their priorities, and show them the difference their gift makes.

Building relationships with #donors that result in transformational gifts requires time and patience. Do not expect #majorgifts in the beginning. Instead, use that time to engage supporters, learn their priorities, and show them the difference their gift makes.

A key reason people give is because it makes them feel good. When you share the difference their gift makes, you are ext...
03/01/2021

A key reason people give is because it makes them feel good. When you share the difference their gift makes, you are extending the pleasure they get in doing good for another. If you skip that step, they may go somewhere else in search of that feeling. #stewardship #majorgifts

A key reason people give is because it makes them feel good. When you share the difference their gift makes, you are extending the pleasure they get in doing good for another. If you skip that step, they may go somewhere else in search of that feeling. #stewardship #majorgifts

Some prospects’ interests are not aligned with your mission. Don’t spend a lot of time on them. Instead, focus on #donor...
02/26/2021

Some prospects’ interests are not aligned with your mission. Don’t spend a lot of time on them. Instead, focus on #donors who care about the same things you do. It’s easier to increase giving from those who have already donated than it is to find new supporters. #majorgifts #fridayfunny

Some prospects’ interests are not aligned with your mission. Don’t spend a lot of time on them. Instead, focus on #donors who care about the same things you do. It’s easier to increase giving from those who have already donated than it is to find new supporters. #majorgifts #fridayfunny

Planning is important. Talking strategy is critical.  But successful fundraisers have a bias toward action. Building rel...
02/25/2021

Planning is important. Talking strategy is critical. But successful fundraisers have a bias toward action. Building relationships and doing the work that makes supporters solicitation ready takes time. Stop talking about them and start talking to them. #majorgifts

Planning is important. Talking strategy is critical. But successful fundraisers have a bias toward action. Building relationships and doing the work that makes supporters solicitation ready takes time. Stop talking about them and start talking to them. #majorgifts

To build relationships with your #donors, pay attention to the little things. It is in the casual conversation, not the ...
02/24/2021

To build relationships with your #donors, pay attention to the little things. It is in the casual conversation, not the deliberate discussion about their #philantrophy, that you will learn about the things that matter to them. Listen carefully and then use that information to engage them. #majorgifts

To build relationships with your #donors, pay attention to the little things. It is in the casual conversation, not the deliberate discussion about their #philantrophy, that you will learn about the things that matter to them. Listen carefully and then use that information to engage them. #majorgifts

Fundraising is not the act of solicitation. Fundraising is the process of building #relationships  with supporters whose...
02/23/2021

Fundraising is not the act of solicitation. Fundraising is the process of building #relationships with supporters whose priorities are aligned with your #mission. Engaging #donors beyond their checkbook and being #stewardship focused fuels the process. Focusing on donations fuels transactions. #majorgifts

Fundraising is not the act of solicitation. Fundraising is the process of building #relationships with supporters whose priorities are aligned with your #mission. Engaging #donors beyond their checkbook and being #stewardship focused fuels the process. Focusing on donations fuels transactions. #majorgifts

Perfect job description for a #fundraiser: Ability to listen and observe rather than talk. This is how you come to under...
02/22/2021

Perfect job description for a #fundraiser: Ability to listen and observe rather than talk. This is how you come to understand what motivates your #donors to give. This is how you identify opportunities that will further both your #mission and their priorities. #majorgifts

Perfect job description for a #fundraiser: Ability to listen and observe rather than talk. This is how you come to understand what motivates your #donors to give. This is how you identify opportunities that will further both your #mission and their priorities. #majorgifts

Your job isn’t about money. Your job isn’t about addressing organizational needs. Your job is to provide the opportunity...
02/18/2021

Your job isn’t about money. Your job isn’t about addressing organizational needs. Your job is to provide the opportunity for #donors to make a difference for someone other than themselves. #philanthrophy #majorgifts

Your job isn’t about money. Your job isn’t about addressing organizational needs. Your job is to provide the opportunity for #donors to make a difference for someone other than themselves. #philanthrophy #majorgifts

Think of your solicitation strategies as plots to make your #donors happy. That is a key reason people give. It makes th...
02/17/2021

Think of your solicitation strategies as plots to make your #donors happy. That is a key reason people give. It makes them feel good. Your job is to provide them those opportunities. Not bad work if you can get it! #majorgifts

Think of your solicitation strategies as plots to make your #donors happy. That is a key reason people give. It makes them feel good. Your job is to provide them those opportunities. Not bad work if you can get it! #majorgifts

When #donors don’t take you up on your invitation to #engage or respond to your request for support, don’t take that as ...
02/16/2021

When #donors don’t take you up on your invitation to #engage or respond to your request for support, don’t take that as a rejection. Instead, take it as an indication that you haven’t yet shared ample information to inspire their involvement. #majorgifts

When #donors don’t take you up on your invitation to #engage or respond to your request for support, don’t take that as a rejection. Instead, take it as an indication that you haven’t yet shared ample information to inspire their involvement. #majorgifts

Fundraising is not about money. It is about people. If you focus on the first, you get transactions. When you focus on b...
02/15/2021

Fundraising is not about money. It is about people. If you focus on the first, you get transactions. When you focus on building #relationships by #engaging supporters in your mission, you get transformational giving. #majorgifts

Fundraising is not about money. It is about people. If you focus on the first, you get transactions. When you focus on building #relationships by #engaging supporters in your mission, you get transformational giving. #majorgifts

Donor meetings are not the time for monologues about everything your organization is doing. Rather, they are an opportun...
02/12/2021

Donor meetings are not the time for monologues about everything your organization is doing. Rather, they are an opportunity for supporters to share with you what they care about. Let them do most of the talking if you want them to be #engaged. #majorgifts #fridayfunny

Donor meetings are not the time for monologues about everything your organization is doing. Rather, they are an opportunity for supporters to share with you what they care about. Let them do most of the talking if you want them to be #engaged. #majorgifts #fridayfunny

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