Friends Community School

Friends Community School

CONSULTING AREA: Strategic planning counsel, Capital campaign counsel, and Software selection

We felt daunted by the idea of raising 50 times our annual giving fund in our first capital campaign, but Capacity Partners’ expertise and leadership empowered our volunteers to exceed the fundraising goal.

– Mary Kate O’Neill, Grounding Our Future Campaign Chair, Friends Community School


This small, independent Quaker school purchased a property on which it planned to build a state-of-the-art green building.

Key Challenges

Faced with total construction costs of $6.8 million, the school needed to conduct a multi-million dollar capital campaign, yet its history of annual giving campaigns had never exceeded $35,000.

Services Provided

Capacity Partners performed a feasibility study, developed a comprehensive campaign strategy, wrote the case for support, conducted extensive prospect research, and provided on-going support.


Working with a committed donor, we developed a winning proposal for a 3 to 1 challenge grant that motivated the entire community to raise most of the campaign goal – nearly $3 million – in just six months.