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Crandall, Croft & Associates is proud to work with a select number of nonprofit organizations each year.  We welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs and consider how our firm may be able to assist you to reach your fundraising goals. Please complete the contact form to the right, or call us today at 260-255-3939, and a member of our team will be sure to reply quickly to your inquiry.

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Crandall, Croft & Associates

10214 Chestnut Plaza Drive, STE. 138
Fort Wayne, IN 46814

260-255-3939

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10214 Chestnut Plaza Drive, Ste. 138
Fort Wayne, IN 46814

260-255-3939

Crandall, Croft & Associates is a full service fundraising consulting firm that empowers exceptional nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, and Christian ministries to obtain the charitable resources necessary to fulfill and expand their mission.  We provide expert guidance for capital campaigns, major gift work, planned giving and annual fund growth. We currently have offices in Fort Wayne, Indiana and serve clients across the United States: Indiana, Indianapolis, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

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Capital Campaigns

Crandall, Croft & Associates Feasibility Study and Capital Campaign Direction Counsel, capital campaign consultants

CCA provides campaign assessment, feasibility study, capital campaign fundraising, major gifts, fundraising for new buildings, how much can be raised in a capital campaign, campaign direction for colleges, museums, higher education, human service, social service, ministries, churches, camps.

Capital Campaign Counsel - From Concept to Completion

                                                                                                                   Allen County Historical Society and Museum, Lima, OH

                                                                                                                   Allen County Historical Society and Museum, Lima, OH

Successful Capital Campaigns require careful planning and disciplined execution, and will require much staff time and volunteer resources.  We can provide expert guidance for planning your campaign, researching prospects, training volunteers and keeping your campaign on track to successful completion.

I highly recommend Crandall, Croft and Associates. I was fortunate they were available to conduct our feasibility study and capital campaign consulting. We exceeded our original goal in half the time we expected and Bob continues to be a resource for me.
— - John Milentis, CFRE, formerly at Ivy Tech Northeast Indiana

Feasibility Study: The First Step

A feasibility study is an indispensable tool in preparing for a successful capital campaign.  It is a strategic process used to discover from your key constituency the likelihood and amount of probable support for your institution.  This includes discovering how these donors view your institution and leadership.  A carefully planned and properly executed study will determine the readiness and likelihood of successfully implementing a campaign. 

Because fundraising is a people-to-people process, the essence of the feasibility study consists of a series of in-depth, personal, confidential, fact-finding interviews with a targeted cross-section of an organization’s key internal and external constituents.  Crandall, Croft and Associates will work with your leadership to develop the case for support, questionnaire, other supporting documents and to develop a list of prospects for inclusion in the study.

 We believe there are several key purposes for conducting a feasibility study: 

  • To determine the interest and advisability of conducting the campaign;
  • To make recommendations for carrying out the campaign, including suggesting an appropriate goal;
  • To introduce the campaign to your best prospects;
  • To solicit input into the shaping of the campaign;
  • Cultivating those interviewed to be receptive to giving a gift to the campaign at a later date; 
  • To discover the general gift level each interviewee might consider towards the proposed campaign;
  • To identify the key volunteer leadership for the campaign;
  • To learn the community perception of the organization and its services;
  • To learn the community perception of the leadership of the organization. 

There are many additional things that can be learned through a well-designed study that will be helpful to the fundraising efforts of the organization.

Upon completion of the interviews and analysis, a comprehensive written report will be prepared detailing the study findings and offering professional opinions and recommendations relative to conducting a successful capital campaign, including a suggested campaign goal.

Capital Campaign Direction

Because a Capital Campaign is a unique and significant event in the life of a nonprofit organization, careful planning and disciplined execution is required to ensure a successful outcome.  The amount of work required to run a successful campaign usually necessitates outside counsel.

Our capital campaign counsel will enhance your organizations' unique attributes, your fundraising and your campaign priorities and potential.  The Crandall, Croft & Associates team can provide expert guidance for planning your campaign, researching prospects, training volunteers and keeping your campaign on track to successful completion. We partner with you to build and enhance the fundraising skills of each member of your team, your senior administrators, board members and other key volunteers so that you will have a successful capital campaign, that will also build permanent, long-lasting improvements in your fundraising.

In recent years, we have witnessed that more and more individuals, especially those of a caliber whose participation is needed in a capital campaign, simply are unable or unwilling to commit the time necessary to support the traditional capital campaign model.  As such, when warranted, we can successfully implement a modified model to meet current realities.

Recent feasibility study and capital campaign clients include:

  • Ivy Tech Community College Northwest, Valparaiso, IN, Feasibility Study for Region (4 campuses) and Campaign Direction (Current)
  • Starke County Historical Society, Knox, IN, Capital Campaign Direction (Current)
  • Northern Indiana Public Radio, Fort Wayne, IN, Feasibility Study
  • Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, Wichita, KS – Retirement, Assisted Living and Nursing Care - Feasibility Study for Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, Lawrence, KS - $2.75 million (2011), Feasibility Study for Topeka Presbyterian Manor - $600,000 (2011), Feasibility Study for Aberdeen Village, Olathe, KS - $1 Million (2007), Feasibility Study for Rolla Manor, Rolla, MS - $1 million (2007)
  • Rainbow Acres, Camp Verde, AZ –Feasibility Study (2012), Endowment Campaign Direction (2013)
  • Texas Public Policy Foundation, Austin, TX – Campaign Direction $22.5 million
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation, Parkersburg, WV Feasibility Study tested $15 million (2011), Capital Campaign Direction
  • Allen County Historical Society and Museum, Lima, OH – Museum, Feasibility Study and Capital Campaign Direction (2007-08) – Goal $5.6 million/raised $2.8 million prior to economic recession.  Feasibility Study in 2012 tested $5 million
  • Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, Fort Wayne, IN – Feasibility Study (2010), Campaign Direction - $48 million (2012-2013), Feasibility Study - $10 million (2007), Capital Campaign (2008)- $6.5 million goal, raised $8 million
  • First Baptist Church of Stockbridge – Stockbridge, MI - Feasibility Study (2011) Capital Campaign (2012) Goal $300,000Raised $430,000
  • American Baptist Historical Society, Valley Forge, PA – Feasibility Study tested $4 million (2007)
  • Sisters of Saint Benedict Monastery, St. Joseph, MN – Capital Campaign (2006-2007) – $6.1 million
  • Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting, IN – Capital Campaign (2006)  - $7 million (American City Bureau Client)
  • Jesuit High School, Sacramento, CA – Capital Campaign and Major Gifts - $2.6 million
  • Center for NonViolence, Fort Wayne, IN – Social Service Agency – Major Gift Training/Campaign (2010) – raised $150,000 
  • Unity Performing Arts Foundation, Fort Wayne, IN – Voices of Unity Youth Choir for Inner City Youth - Major Gifts Campaign to attend World Choir Games in China (2010) – Raised $500,000, Choir won Gold!
  • The ASH Centre, Fort Wayne, IN - Feasibility Study tested $5.5 million (2009)
  • New Haven/Allen Township Parks and Recreation, New Haven, IN - Feasibility Study (2008) - $15 million
  • Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Fort Wayne, IN – Feasibility Study - $11 million (Assisted Edwin Shafer and Associates)
  • United Hispanic Americans, Fort Wayne, IN – Capital Campaign - $1 million
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Ready to get started? Contact us today to discuss how our experts can help your capital campaign succeed.