How do we find the best person to lead our capital campaign? This collection of tips and insights, compiled from interviews with consultants and congregational leaders, is designed to lead congregations to a successful match. There are common-sense suggestions such as seeking referrals from people you know and trust, asking for and checking references, and using the interview to ask tough questions. Make sure the candidate has congregational experience, the article urges. Get agreements in writing, define roles clearly, and plan for accountability. Help the consultant learn the congregation’s identity, vision and mission. Although fundraising consultants can be costly, testimonials affirm that they are worth the expense. In fact, the best consultants are teachers as well, leaving the congregation better-equipped for future campaigns. Sidebars offer “Questions to ask a Fundraising Firm”. The article can serve as a study document and checklist for the leaders.
Curated by Marie F. Fleming