Would it be tacky to add to our mailing list names of people from whom we have received tribute donations — in particular, the families of people for whom we receive “in memoriam” donations? In my eagerness to enlarge our donor base, I’m wondering if I’m wandering into the realm of bad taste? What do you think?
—All alone with my memory gifts
Our church needs make a number of renovations. These are not cosmetic—the roof leaks, the basement floods and many of the pews are falling apart and have splinters. The congregation is small, but the church is historic and right downtown. Of course we would rather wait until the economy improves, but we simply can’t. We are in danger of being shut down for being unsafe. Everyone says you can’t launch a capital campaign right now, but what else can we do?...