In 2004, new visualization technologies were promising to render real and computer-generated images of the universe in unprecedented scope and detail. At the same time, the U.S. was facing a decline in youth science literacy while the demand for a new generation of scientists and engineers was increasing.
On its 75th anniversary, the Adler announced a new vision: to inspire the next generation of explorers and become the world’s premier space science center.
The museum unveiled a bold strategic plan to transform the country’s first planetarium into a 21st century space center that captivates visitors, immerses youth in the wonders of science, and conducts research into urgent astronomical questions.
The Adler Planetarium planned Lift Off! The Campaign for Chicago’s Space Center to realize this vision and recruited NASA astronaut Jim Lovell to lead the effort. The Adler had conducted smaller fundraising campaigns before, but Lift-Off! was by far the most ambitious funding effort in the museum’s history.
To ensure the campaign proceeded on course, Campbell & Company provided ongoing strategic counsel. Our work helped the Adler lay out the campaign roadmap, foster effective collaboration between the Board and executive leadership, train volunteer staff, and develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for leadership and major gift prospects.