Getting the Right People on the Bus

Posted on June 18, 2013 You’ve conducted a feasibility study, and your leadership has decided to move forward with a capital campaign. The next step is to get the right people on your bus and put together your campaign committees. You will need multiple committees to successfully run your campaign. Your campaign chairperson will be the chief advocate of the campaign. … Read More

7 Reasons Why People Give

Posted on June 11, 2013 The reasons why people support a cause or fundraising campaign are very personal. In fact, most of us may not even recognize what motivates us to give. However, if you and your church leaders understand that different members will be motivated to give for different reasons, you can customize your campaign to speak to the needs … Read More

Celebrating New Beginnings with a Tinge of Sadness

Posted on June 3, 2013 After 27 years of service with PC(USA), and 20 years of that time spent working at building ministry and mission through raising capital funds, Rev. Ana Loyda-Lugo is moving beyond our denomination. Effective next month, Ana will begin a new chapter as she serves as a Regional Gift Planner for ELCA Foundation. Ana has been that “good and … Read More

Memorial Day: A Day for Remembering

Posted on May 27, 2013 Memorial Day is more than just the kick off of summer. It’s about more than shopping sales, picnics and backyard barbecues. Memorial Day is a day for memories. It’s about remembering those who fought and died in our many wars. We also remember those who fought and survived – for they made many sacrifices for our … Read More

How to Make Debt Retirement Exciting

Posted on May 14, 2013 Debt retirement campaigns will work. While many churches have the perception that members won’t give to pay down debt, in fact, they will support debt reduction if they are properly motivated. However, debt retirement campaigns will typically raise less than other campaigns might. It’s not necessarily a lack of interest in the cause. The reason they … Read More

When Should You Call Church Campaign Services?

Posted on May 7, 2013 Your church may be at various stages in the capital campaign planning process. Or, you may not even be considering a capital campaign at this time. So, how do you know when you should start a conversation with Church Campaign Services? Here are some of the reasons you should give CCS a call: When you’re ready … Read More

What Happens When We Have Two Campaigns in the Fall?

Posted on May 1, 2013 As a result of conducting literally hundreds of annual operating and capital campaigns simultaneously for churches over the past fifty years, Church Campaign Services recognizes the following likely outcomes of a well founded and planned dual campaign effort. 1. Year Round Stewardship Churches that experienced the greatest success in any type of financial campaign were ones … Read More

Revenue Streams and Church Strategies

Posted on April 23, 2013 Years ago I remember reading a book by Lyle Schaller. He talked about how the future of funding in the church would be to develop numerous revenue streams. I’ve kept coming back to that idea, and finally, I’m beginning to see it play out in our congregations. Here are some thoughts, comments, and ideas that I’ve … Read More

How to inspire support for your church campaign

As you plan your capital campaign, it can be easy to get caught up thinking in terms of what your church “needs.” Maybe you “need” a new roof or to add on more space. You may “need” to pay down your outstanding debt. Your members and supporters aren’t interested in what your church needs. They care about the benefits. How … Read More

Blessed to be a Blessing

Posted on April 9, 2013 If you’re like me, you’re probably more than a bit skeptical about all the groups that are eager to show you how to build a “Culture of Generosity” in five easy steps. And of course, they’re going to prove their point by counting coins before and afterward. That’s fundraising folks, not true generosity. Yesterday, I saw … Read More