What We Know To Be True: How to be successful in capital campaigns

With over a century of service, directing successful capital campaign that have raised billions of dollars for our nation’s nonprofits, there are several golden rules that remain a constant. This is what American City Bureau knows to be true:   Spend the bulk of your effort personally cultivating individual donors. When you factor in bequests and family foundations, nearly 85% of all giving comes from individual donors. Also, 50% of all giving comes from the nation’s 10% wealthiest households. Successful campaigns focus on building relationships [...]


Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM), Eastern America

About RSHM The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) is an international Catholic congregation of women religious called to share the mission of Christ. While they are headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, the congregation has sisters living and working all across the globe. The sisters have remained true to the guiding principle set forth by their founders: to respond to the needs of our time.  The RSHM place themselves and their resources at the service of those who are most in need of [...]


Women Religious Archive Collaborative (WRAC)

The Challenge The decreasing numbers of sisters in United States suggests a greater urgency in developing a plan for keeping the mission, charism, and history of sisters alive. Based on 2020 statistics from the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), of 404 congregations surveyed nationwide:           A Regional and National Plan The Women Religious Archive Collaborative (WRAC) is currently working on a two-track plan: the creation of a regional space – A “Heritage Center” located in Northeast Ohio to serve a resource [...]


Case Study: St. Andrews Episcopal School, Jackson, Mississippi

The Challenge St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is an independent, PreK-3 to 12 college preparatory school located on two campuses in Jackson and Ridgeland, Mississippi. Established in 1947, St. Andrew’s has earned a national reputation for academic excellence by helping students find their individual strengths, passions, and paths to future success. In 2013, the school’s leadership began to imagine what a bold future might look like. They reached out to parents and donors for their input, and found strong support. Among the many program needs, two [...]


Case Study: Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland

The Challenge The Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, Ohio have been serving the people of northeast Ohio since 1850. When their existing 250,000-sq. ft. motherhouse was opened in 1955, it housed up to 200 sisters. Having served the sisters for over 50 years, it became evident that this motherhouse could no longer serve the life and mission of the sisters. It was too large, and too expensive. Designing and constructing a new Ursuline Residence required weaving together many threads such as finance, health care, building design, [...]