A Capital Campaign is a common and cost-effective strategy for raising large sums of money for special projects, such as constructing new buildings, facility renovations and expansions and/or endowment growth that are not generally a part of the overall operational budget. Capital campaigns often energize an organization, rallying staff, volunteers and stakeholders in the mission anew, building ownership and fine-tuning operational strategies. Whether operating with a campaign goal of hundreds-of-thousands of dollars to millions, tens-of-millions or hundreds-of-millions of dollars, McDonald Schaefer can help organizations test, plan and manage successful campaigns.

You are ready to build. Are you ready to raise money?

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An Unlikely Success - Lead Gifts Inspire

When an all-volunteer group told us they wanted to build a new $10 million YMCA in a community of just 7,500 people, we knew we had our work cut out for us. 

We Could Count our Lead Gift Prospects on One Hand!

It is a scary truth that most significant fundraising efforts depend on at least a few larger or major gifts in order to reach their goal. This is often the element that scares fundraisers the most – will they have enough major donors to make a multi-million-dollar fundraising effort possible?

Are you sure you want to hear if your campaign will succeed?

When a small conservation and environmental education organization asked us to help them raise $5 million for a new education center, we asked them if they had considered a feasibility study.

How a State Governor helped us build our Campaign Cabinet from the top down

We were once called in to direct an urgent capital campaign by a faith-based organization whose roof was failing.  Rainwater was pouring in, causing serious and expensive cosmetic and structural damage.  They needed $6 million.  Time was of the essence.