Perspectives – Spring 2016 Issue
Welcome to the Spring 2016 edition of our online newsletter. We are delighted that you continue to follow the services our firm provides to churches throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
We are now in the middle of one of the busiest years we have ever had here at James D. Klote & Associates. We are delighted that our clients have continued to have such success in each of their capital campaigns and we want to thank each of them for trusting in our firm. Our consultants have years of experience in fundraising and consistently help our clients reach their goals. We feel blessed to be able to do such great work, to work with amazing clients nationwide and we are grateful for all of the friendships we have made along the way.
We encourage you to take the time to read this edition of PERSPECTIVES. You will find a number of articles written by our consultants that offer great tips and advice, as well as some industry news, which we hope you find helpful and enjoyable to read.
If you are ever in need of a capital campaign, feel free to contact us at any time. We all thoroughly enjoy the work that we do and hope that we will be able to help you in any campaign endeavor you may have. I hope everyone has a safe and fun rest of your spring!
The Top 5 Biggest Mistakes Church Leaders Make When Conducting a Capital Stewardship Campaign
By: Jim Klote
Church leaders often believe that with a sound reason for raising money, a Capital Stewardship Campaign will be easy. The fact is, there are more things that can go wrong than right when embarking on a Capital Campaign. The following are the biggest mistakes made by church leaders that I have come to discover in my years of fundraising:
- Beginning the campaign without conducting a Readiness Assessment
- Mailing out brochures and pledge cards
- Not requesting specific gifts
- Poorly timed Campaign kick-off event
- Conducting a Capital Stewardship Campaign with no experience
What does “Giving” mean?
By: Charlie DeMaio
The word “giving” has many interpretations. Merriam Webster defines “to give” as: to commit to another as a trust or responsibility and usually for an expressed reason. To some it means the giving of items or money to a cause. It can mean giving of time or treasure to an institution. Giving can be motivated by blind faith, legacy or tax deductibility. In a faith based capital campaign it can also mean many things to the participants. A lead element of the campaign is to engage every member of the church. Giving is meant not only to assure the success of the campaigns goals but to bring the membership closer as a result. The old phrase “give until it hurts” is not really applicable. A family or individual should experience joy and happiness when giving to a capital campaign and “give” within their means. The size of the gift should be determined after prayerful and thoughtful deliberation. All members of the church should be given the opportunity to participate. It doesn’t matter if a family can give $1 or $1 million to the campaign. Read more…