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The Toolkit is more than just tools and templates. Experienced campaign advisors are ready to support you every step of the way.
Meet the Team
At the heart of the Capital Campaign Toolkit are the campaign advisors. Each of our advisors has deep experience in capital campaign fundraising, having served as a campaign consultant for many years.
Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, is a veteran fundraising consultant. With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she’s published a number of books, including Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops. Amy is also an in-demand keynote speaker and an engaging board retreat trainer and facilitator.
Andrea Kihlstedt is the author of Capital Campaigns: Strategies that Work, now in its 4th edition, as well as How to Raise $1 Million (or More) in 10 Bite Sized Steps, in addition to several other fundraising books. She has been leading successful capital campaigns for over 30 years.
Barbara Barron has worked with schools across the country on all aspects of capacity building campaigns, annual and planned giving campaigns, and board training. She focuses on building leadership giving programs and growing the capacity of professional and volunteer teams by increasing competence, confidence, and joy.
Xan Blake, CFRE, brings 25 years of nonprofit management experience including expertise in fund development, governance and board training – all of which is focused on bringing her clients’ missions to life. She has worked with land trusts, health foundations, and social service organizations. Her down-to-earth manner makes her a very effective advisor.
David Cupps works with operations and client management for the Toolkit. His background includes time as Development Director and Executive Director for non-profits at the local, state and national levels, as well as business management and financial advising in the for-profit sector.
Derry Deringer, CFRE, brings 15+ years of fundraising experience as an independent consultant and director-level staff and has certifications in professional coaching and facilitation. Derry most enjoys helping nonprofits gain the confidence and knowledge needed to surpass their most courageous goals.
Louise Dinsmore brings 28+ years of experience as a development professional and consultant working with a myriad of healthcare, social service and arts organizations on all aspects of capital campaign planning, management, and execution. Her energetic approach combined with knowledge and experience is a winning combination for our clients.
Jeff Hensley has deep fundraising experience with a wide variety of nonprofits, including educational and religious institutions. He specializes in major gift strategy and capital campaign coaching. His calm demeanor brings a steadiness and organization to even the most high-stress campaigns.
Paula Peter has been a capital campaign consultant since 1991. She has particular strengths in board development, donor strategies, and campaign planning. She’s worked on smaller community-based campaigns as well as larger national campaigns. Her experience, insight, and disciplined approach make her a favorite among Toolkit advisors.
Sarah brings to the Toolkit nearly 20 years of capital campaign experience across several nonprofit sectors, including education, conservation, and healthcare. Previous roles include both Development Director and campaign consultant. Sarah especially enjoys helping clients transform donor relationships through nuanced campaign and major gift strategies.
Richard Quinn has helped nonprofits with their campaigns since 2008. Richard brings skills in mission-centered major gifts fundraising, institutional relations, and even interim director of development services. He’s an active listener, strategist, and cheerleader and is adept at finding the right solution to even the thorniest of challenges.
Kristin Raack, CFRE, GPC, has over 20 years of experience guiding nonprofits to success through capital campaigns, individual giving, corporate/foundation relations, board leadership, and strategic planning. With her ability to see how everything fits together, Kristin makes capital campaigns accessible (and enjoyable!) for organizations of any size.
Shelly Semmler has worked with institutions from every nonprofit sector for over three decades. She has significant campaign experience and has served as a Senior Search Consultant for Aspen Leadership Group for several years. Shelly is particularly enthusiastic about using her background to guide organizations through the campaign process.
Kent Stroman, CFRE, brings 4 decades’ experience in the charitable sector and is author of Asking About Asking and The
Accidental Intentional Board. He has led numerous capital campaigns to success during the last 20+ years. Kent has a special knack for finding just the right words to make complex concepts clear and memorable.
Dick Walker has worked in nonprofit fundraising for 40+ years as an independent school chief development officer, a corporate foundation executive, and a nonprofit consultant. His practice helps nonprofits with fundraising campaigns, board development, and strategic planning. He has also served on numerous boards.
Our Commitment to You
We are 100% committed to your success. We designed the Capital Campaign Toolkit support system to give you everything you need to implement your capital campaign.
The Capital Campaign Toolkit is founded on the following principles:
- Commitment to quality and service
- Providing high value for nonprofit organizations
- Treating others as we wish to be treated
The entire Campaign Toolkit team is committed to supporting nonprofits as they undertake capital campaigns — the largest, most daunting and extraordinary form of fundraising.
Working with our advisor has been the perfect solution for our capital campaign. In our bi-weekly Zoom meetings, we get expert advice, encouragement, and she keeps us on task! We get all the help and direction we need in a very cost-effective way. It’s truly a win-win for us.
Board President, San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre
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