Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE is one of approximately one hundred professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. In her three-decade career, Linda has managed capital campaigns that have raised more than $50 million, helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and trained more than 40,000 development professionals in Canada, Mexico, Egypt, Bermuda, and most of the fifty states of the United States. Linda offers many online training programs.

Linda is the author of a number of books, including these published by CharityChannel Press:

Linda served on the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy board for two terms and on the Professional Advancement Division for AFP and is past president of the Eastern PA and Sierra (NV) AFP chapters. She has received the Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year award from the Eastern PA, Las Vegas, and Sierra (NV) chapters of AFP, was honored with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Service to AFP, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Las Vegas AFP Chapter.

Linda is a graduate of Alvernia University with majors in Banking and Finance, Theology/Philosophy, and a minor in Communications.  As a graduate of AFP’s Faculty Training Academy, she is a Master Teacher.

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Capital Campaign Planning Study (Part 6)

In this installment I'll explain how that internal readiness is assessed during a study. There are several areas an internal assessment should address—organizational structure, software, staffing, board issues, policies, and procedures. Sometimes this internal assessment involves a full-blown development audit, other times it is done as the first step in the planning study. Sometimes, development staff is reluctant to suggest an audit for fear they will not “pass.”

Capital Campaign Case Statement - Continued (Part 5)

This is Part 5 of a series I'm writing on capital campaign readiness. In Part 4, I introduced you to the case for support and how it fits into your capital campaign. In today's article I will talk about how to prepare the case statement, how to involve donors, and how to translate the case into the various campaign documents that will be needed to convey your campaign message to the constituents.

Capital Campaign Case Statement (Part 4)

This is Part 4 of a multiweek series on capital campaign readiness by Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE. In today's installment. She covers the case for support.

Capital Campaign Human Resources (Part 3)

This is Part 3 of a multiweek series on capital campaign readiness by Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE. In this installment, Linda discusses capital campaign human resources: board members, volunteers, and donors.

Capital Campaign Infrastructure (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a multiweek series on capital campaigns by Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE. In this installment, Linda discusses organizational infrastructure to support the campaign.

Capital Campaign Readiness (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a multiweek series on capital campaign readiness by Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE. In today's article, Linda starts with the basics, asking, "What is a capital campaign, and why do you need one?" In the next few articles, Linda will talk about how to evaluate your internal readiness for a campaign and then move on to assessing your community’s willingness and ability to support the campaign.