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2018 Capstone Challenge

The Challenge

The vice president of your organization has become increasingly interested in data and has been charged by the president to be more strategic. The vice president has taken this to mean that the fundraisers should be using data in a strategic way, and thus should be better utilizing the resources your team provides. The vice president wants you to provide an assessment of what this means to your team and how you will help achieve this charge moving forward.

Some things to consider:
  • What do you need to optimize your team (i.e. staffing, tools, data acquisition)?
  • Where should your team be situated in the organization (i.e. major gifts, advancement services)?
  • How would you prioritize projects and initiatives to achieve this charge while still supporting the day-to-day needs of the fundraisers?
  • What proactive projects would you propose the organization undertake to achieve this charge?
  • How can you better utilize metrics and reporting tools to help drive results?
  • How would you make an impact on the prospect development profession with your proposed ideas and new best practices?

The Logistics

Wednesday, June 20
  • Your team number is on your nametag
  • Pick a leader and team name; email it to Heather ( by 7:00 PM
Thursday, June 21
  • Draw numbers for presentation order before the Show & Tell
Friday, June 22
  • 8:00-9:00 – Breakfast and team working time
  • 9:00-10:45 – Team working time 
  • 10:00 – PowerPoint due to Kristin Gill (
  • 10:45-11:40 – Presentations to judges in Blau 1570
  • 11:40-12:00 – Judges deliberate and provide feedback
  • 12:00 – Judges announce winner

Rachel Brandell Mayers,
Jun 22, 2018, 11:22 AM