About Us

Meet Andrea Kihlstedt

Andrea Kihlstedt is recognized as a foremost expert in the capital campaign field.

As a campaign consultant for more than 25 years, Andrea has worked with many dozens of organizations helping them raise hundreds of millions of dollars.

Andrea has authored several books:

  • Capital Campaigns: Strategies that Work is a complete soup-to-nuts campaign manual that is a standard reference used by consultants and nonprofit development staffers.
  • How to Raise $1 Million (or More) in Ten Bite Sized Steps is a short, story-based book, ideal for people who want an engaging quick-read about what’s needed to do a campaign and avoid some of the pitfalls.
  • Train Your Board (And Everyone Else) to Raise Money (coauthor, Andy Robinson) is a cookbook of 51 easy-to-use fundraising exercises that will help your board become more comfortable with fundraising.

A veteran of the fundraising profession for nearly 30 years, Andrea has helped dozens of organizations, large and small, conduct successful capital campaigns, raising more money than they ever thought possible. She’s worked with social service organizations, health clinics and hospitals, schools, libraries and social change organizations.

Andrea co-developed the capital campaign course for The Fundraising School in Indiana and has done a great deal of training and speaking for both local and national organizations.

In 2010, Andrea co-founded Asking Matters. This innovative website provides the information and motivation people need to get out and ask. Asking Matters has created a system that helps people identify their personal Asking Styles and learn how to ask for donations authentically using the style that suits them best.

Andrea is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Brown University, where she received degrees in Philosophy. She is also a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Fellows Program in Change Management. She has an abiding interest in psychology and she has both taken and taught courses at the Gestalt International Study Center in Massachusetts.

She currently lives in New York city with her husband, Tyko. She blogs regularly on her own website, AndreaKihlstedt.com.

Meet Amy Eisenstein

Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE is an author, speaker, trainer and consultant. Before creating her own consulting firm in 2008, Amy served for more than ten years in the nonprofit sector as director of development in large and small nonprofit organizations, including the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College at Rutgers University, and Shelter Our Sisters, a domestic violence shelter. For these organizations, Amy raised millions of dollars through capital and annual campaigns, direct mail, major and planned gift solicitations, fundraising events, and writing grants.

Professional Accomplishments

  • Mastering Major Gifts Online Course
  • Major Gifts Research Project, results available here
  • Board President, Association of Fundraising Professionals, NJ Chapter 2014 and 2015
  • Advanced Fundraising Certification, ACFRE, 2013
  • Leadership New Jersey graduate, 2011
  • AFP Certified Master Trainer, 2009
  • Certified Fundraising Executive, CFRE, 2004
  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Wagner Graduate School at NYU, 2000
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Douglass College, Rutgers University, 1997

Published Books Include

  • Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops
  • Raising More with Less: An Essential Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Professionals
  • 50 A$ks in 50 Weeks: A Guide to Better Fundraising for Your Small Development Shop, 2nd Edition released in 2017

Amy is a frequent speaker at national and local conferences as well as at staff and board retreats on a variety of topics, and would love the opportunity to energize your board and staff members around fundraising.

Clients include a wide range of social service, healthcare, and educational agencies. Amy helps organizations build capacity by strengthening their staff and board leadership’s fundraising knowledge and abilities. She trains nonprofit leaders to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward new prospects and existing donors in a practical, hand-on manner.

Sign up for weekly fundraising tips at www.amyeisenstein.com.

Capital Campaigns: Strategies That Work

Whether you’re planning a campaign for a small start-up or for a college or hospital, you’ll find this book will give you just what you need to guide you through a campaign.

Written in a clear and friendly fashion, you’ll find stories and examples that bring the subject to life. But at its heart, this is a practical, hands-on guide that covers the field in its entirety.

Expanded Edition — The fourth edition of Capital Campaigns: Strategies That Work has been expanded, updated and reorganized into 19 chapters that provide everything you need to know about capital campaign fundraising. Chapters on pre-campaign readiness and the board’s role in a capital campaign add important new content. A new glossary of common campaign terms and a thorough index will help you find what you need when you need it.

Major Gifts Fundraising For Small Shops

Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops will guide you, in only five hours a week, to safely and surely meet the challenges of getting your organization ready for major gift fundraising, all the way up to that all-important ask — and beyond.

In Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops, you will learn:

  • How to leverage your annual fund in the most efficient way possible
  • The ideal size of a major gift for your organization
  • Who, when, where and how to ask for a major gift
  • The exact language to use when asking for a major gift
  • And so much more!