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Who Can Run A Capital Campaign?




Organizations face a myriad of challenges ranging from infrastructure development to social programs, environmental initiatives, etc.. To address these needs, municipalities and organizations are increasingly turning to capital campaigns as a powerful tool to raise funds, foster community engagement, and drive positive change.


However, you might be wondering who exactly can engage in a capital campaign.


  1. Nonprofit organizations: Nonprofits such as charities, foundations, museums, and religious institutions commonly engage in capital campaigns to raise funds for building construction, renovation, endowments, or major equipment purchases.

  2. Educational institutions: Colleges, universities, and schools often launch capital campaigns to raise funds for constructing new buildings, expanding facilities, establishing scholarships, or enhancing educational programs.

  3. Healthcare organizations: Hospitals, medical centers, clinics, and healthcare foundations may conduct capital campaigns to finance the construction of new wings, purchase medical equipment, improve patient care facilities, or support medical research.

  4. Arts and cultural organizations: Museums, theaters, orchestras, art galleries, and cultural centers frequently undertake capital campaigns to fund building expansions, create new exhibition spaces, acquire artwork, or enhance programming.

  5. Religious institutions: Churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship may initiate capital campaigns to raise funds for constructing or renovating religious buildings, community centers, or educational facilities.

  6. Community organizations: Community centers, libraries, aquatic centers, youth organizations, and social service agencies may embark on capital campaigns to finance the construction or renovation of facilities, purchase equipment, or expand services for the community.

  7. Sports organizations: Sports clubs, stadiums, and athletic organizations may undertake capital campaigns to raise funds for constructing new sports facilities, improving infrastructure, or acquiring training equipment.

  8. Environmental organizations: Conservation groups, wildlife sanctuaries, and environmental research institutions might launch capital campaigns to secure funds for land acquisition, habitat restoration, research projects, or the establishment of educational programs.


A capital campaign is a targeted fundraising effort undertaken by municipalities, nonprofits, school groups, and a combination of a public and private partnership to raise significant funds for a specific project or initiative. These campaigns are typically conducted over a defined period and involve a strategic approach to secure financial support from various sources, including individuals, businesses, foundations, and government grants.


If you have questions about fundraising, we’re more than happy to speak with you. Email Brianna at brianna@crescendollp.com.


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