FundRaiser Blog

The FundRaiser Software Blog is an excellent resource for nonprofit organizations looking to learn more about fundraising, donor management, membership management, and much more.

Capital Campaigns During a Recession

Capital Campaigns During a Recession

Dear Kim:

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?

~The Church and the Steeple are Falling on the People

Dear Falling:

Who is this ubiquitous “everyone” who provides gloomy advice on every possible topic?  I advise them to get a life.

As to my advice to you:  of course you can start a capital campaign and no time like the present.  If you haven’t already, you need to form a Capital Improvement Committee (probably made from some combination of your existing finance and property committees), then figure out how much money you need to raise.  Soon after that you need to do an “every member” canvass of your congregation to see how much money they can contribute.  Do this carefully and systematically, one person or couple at a time, starting with the ones you think can give the biggest gifts.  Meanwhile, look into any historic preservation funding that may exist.  Some churches and synagogues have been able to get funding through these avenues. Talk to your neighbors downtown and tell them your situation and see how they may want to help.  See if the city can help you with a loan or possibly even a grant.  You are an “anchor” of the downtown and no one wants to see you disappear.

Think about borrowing some of the money in order to begin the repairs before the damage gets worse, which will save you money in the long run, but also show that you are serious about saving your church.

You may want to ask a fundraising consultant to help you come up with a time line and gift range chart, but in the meantime, go to the Journal archives to check out the articles I wrote on conducting capital campaigns.

And a little prayer here and there won’t hurt.

~Kim Klein

Orignially published in the Grassroots FundRaising Journal. FundRaiser users can subscribe at a special rate of $30/year by entering is "$30" in the coupon code field on the second page of the subscription process. 
Image  By Mrfixter (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

To learn more about how FundRaiser can help follow-up with In-Kind donors :

Take an online guided tour of FundRaiser and learn about the features in FundRaiser that interest you the most. 

Short Take: Coding Is Key To Good Capital Campaign...
3 Tips for Identifying Capital Campaign Donors In ...

Related Posts

Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar
happiness data analysis reports Crowdfunding Campaign appeal letters relationship tracking online donations how-to videos charity golf tournaments event management GoFundMe project add ons data conversion annual maintenance plan moves management lapsed donor membership benefits tech tip donation history Facebook campaign increasing giving amounts new leadership board members memorial giving Snow Birds customer service monthly giving mission driven Groupings online donations donor loyalty social media Thank You upgrade phoning donors features tax summary letters product news password protection upgrading donors National Change of Address security nonprofit fundraising on site training donor retention rate endowment campaign LYBUNTS banquet Task List welcome packet Volunteer module solicitors case study flash sales membership programs Excel look and feel backing up data foundations merge fields grants spare fields change of address updating ticketsales publicity materials announcements animal rescue End of Year Letters community supported gardens Company culture donor contact information updates grassroots campaign pledges Tickles custom page recurring gifts fundraising training volunteers donor recognition segmenting donors overview Donor Portal accounting software FundRaiser Spark general volunteering community arts nonprofits major donors training tip brick campaign small donations Congratulations community broadcasting customer portal budget raffle ticket sales arts Alternative Addresses fundraising letters advanced tab operating systems communications Reporting to IRS motivation donor role of nonprofits major gift prospects In-Kind gifts targeted mailings spreadsheets premiums alumni SYBUNTS support donor attrition follow up PayPal membersip benefits Reminders word processor giving levels development director importing csv user spotlights annual campaign capital campaign gift entry GivingTuesday building donor relationships donor attrition rate corporate sponsors understanding giving trends in honor of donations data entry NCOA processing tribute gifts Resiliency correspondence gift notes field ROI motivation code campaign management Codes office #GivingTuesday Facebook operational costs donor slip government grants thank you letters the Ask mode code donor source disaster relief

Connect With Us

  800-880-3454 ext 3
  Email Us
  Request More Information
  Monday-Friday
      8:30AM-5:30PM CST

Customer Portal Login Form

User Name:
Password:

If you are not sure about your Customer User Name, please call 800-543-4131 and we will be able to help you.

Or you have lost your password, Request Password