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CapDev REfresh Workshop

CapDev's popular campaign planning workshops have been running for over a decade and are the ideal training tool for anyone considering, or in the early stages of, campaign planning. Our 2019-2020 season, "REfresh & REady for Campaign Prep" is dedicated to refreshing nonprofits and leaders to ready for campaign preparations. See below for more details:
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Education & Training

From neophytes to fundraising veterans, everyone can benefit from new insights and continued education.

CapDev sponsors workshops and presents at numerous conferences where participants gain a deepened knowledge, a fresh perspective and motivation that inspires.

Conference Sessions

Find us at conferences; invite us to conduct a session just for your organization; or join us for one of our CapDev workshops and learn about topics such as:

  • Trendsetting Philanthropy: Annual overview of the latest data, forecasts of philanthropic trends, and thought-provoking discussion on what it all means for your development program
  • Essential Components of Successful Philanthropy: Back to the basics with elements fundraisers at any level can apply
  • Building a Culture of Philanthropy: Distinguish "philanthropy" from "fundraising" and build up board support
  • Giving and Getting: Explore current giving trends and learn how to get your piece of the philanthropic pie
  • Building a Major Donor Program & Building a Donor Cultivation Program: Single sessions or a 2-part series
  • The Art of the Ask: The "ask" is more about planning than asking, so learn how to ask so that you get a "yes"
  • Effective Prospect Research: Conducting good research on potential major donors, a must to identify and cultivate top leaders and donors
  • Mind Your Philanthropic Manners: How "please" (donor cultivation) and "thank you" (stewardship) can make or break a development program
  • Why Leadership Matters: Why enlisting and engaging leadership is the key to fundraising success & how to do it
  • Hiring, Attracting and Retaining Development Professionals: The acronym spells HARD, but we break down the executive search job and make it EASY
  • Ambassador Board Development: A program specifically designed to create "Ambassadors" of your board members
  • Nerdy & Nice: Using disciplined analytics and research to build a relational major gifts pipeline

Topics can be presented in 60 to 90-minute sessions or combined to create half or full-day sessions.

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CapDev Workshops

The CapDev team delivers a full-day workshop geared toward major campaign planning training for board and staff alike at least twice each year. Join us for this sought-after day, filled with popular session topics:

  • April 4, 1029 - Park Alumni Center, NC State University, Raleigh NC 
  • October 10-11, 2018 - Wild Dunes, Isle of Palms, SC 

The 2019-2020 workshop theme is "REfresh & REady for Campaign Prep," dedicated to refreshing and readying nonprofits and leaders for campaign planning and preparations.

We will share insights into philanthropic trends, and expertise on campaign-building, including:

  1. REfresh Philanthropy: recent data and current trends
  2. REady: campaign readiness assessment tool
  3. REfocus: articulate campaign's purpose

  4. RElate: preparing leadership

  5. REsource: equip for campaign

  6. REsearch, REport, REsults: building donor prep, engagement & retention

  7. REthink: closing thoughts/discussion

Space is limited to 2 per organization - ideal for a board member to attend with staff! 

CapDev workshops fill quickly and sell out fast, so early registration is always recommended. 

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Upcoming Events

  • UNC Advancement Symposium

    May 16, 2019
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    2019 UNC System Advancement Symposium, the only system-wide gathering for Advancement professionals, May 15-17, East Carolina University (ECU), Greenville, North Carolina

  • Lowcountry AFP

    June 20, 2019
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    Kaky Grant & Clare Jordan

    Charleston, SC