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Capital Campaigns: A long-term investment you can start today

September 18, 2009

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There are many good reasons to undertake a capital campaign. From enhanced ministry needs to broken boilers or leaky roofs, to expansion of parking space to a refurbished parish life center, most parishes could quickly reel off at least a short to-do list with an infusion of much-needed cash.

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A Parish Capital Campaign in this Economy?

September 18, 2009

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Why would you consider conducting a capital campaign in such difficult economic conditions? The answer: “Because you need to”. It has been said that there is no good time to raise money, though many fundraising professionals would argue this statement. Perhaps the best time to raise money is when you can clearly demonstrate, and it is widely accepted, that you need to do so.

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Parish Capital Campaigns Work…Yes, Even in This Economy!!

September 18, 2009

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In the past year, between the stock market downturns, layoff announcements, bailout packages, the housing market fallout and unemployment numbers, how are we, as Church, supposed to react?
The short answer is “Remain Calm.”

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Campaigns Are Different Today – Embrace These Changes at Your Parish

September 18, 2009

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Over the course of the last year, the thought of a campaign at the parish level has likely been met with fear and anxiety among parishioners, finance councils and pastors. A depressed economy, an uncertain economic outlook, and rising unemployment have given many parishes a reason to put needed campaigns on hold. However, one only need look at the recent results about philanthropy in the USA, released earlier this year, to find reasons to be encouraged. Americans are still a generous people and of all the philanthropy provided last year (in excess of $300 billion) only giving to religion increased. Gifts to hospitals, schools, advocacy groups or environmental concerns all suffered, but giving to faith based entities increased. While true anytime, if a parish has a case for support that is compelling, urgent and exhibits a resolve to address its need, it should consider proceeding with a formal campaign to address them.

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Parish Capital Campaign Process

July 1, 2009

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Capital campaigns are major events in the life of a parish or any organization. Most parishes will undertake a parish capital campaign in the next decade to build a new church or parish center, or to repair/renovate existing buildings. Parishes must obtain the approval of the Vicar General to conduct a capital campaign. The Vicar […]

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Parish Capital Campaigns Work…Yes, Even in This Economy

June 12, 2009

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In the past year, between the stock market downturns, layoff announcements, bailout packages, the housing market fallout and unemployment numbers, how are we, as a Church, supposed to react?

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Fall Fundraising Forums: Launching Effective Capital Campaigns

November 13, 2008

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On Thursday, November 13, TCF and leaders from Trinity Parish Fundraising presented a comprehensive new process to assist parishes in evaluating and developing plans for Parish Capital Fundraising Campaigns. Topics included how to choose a fundraising consultant, conducting feasibility studies, and what services the various offices of the central administration can provide to assist parishes […]

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