When we made the decision to conduct a capital campaign to fund the construction of our new church campus, we initially determined to conduct the campaign on our own. We had the experience gained from two previous campaigns and concluded that we had the expertise needed to raise the necessary $4 million in pledges. We could not have been more wrong. In fact, that would have been a serious mistake. And I owe a debt of gratitude to a good friend and fellow pastor who used the services of James D. Klote & Associates in the conduct of highly successful campaign. He strongly recommended that we at least talk with you before we made the final decision to do the campaign on our own. I made the call and after speaking with you I knew that the absolute best choice was to use Klote & Associates.
Our previous campaign, conducted three years ago, had yielded $2.4 million. Based on that result and the economic cirucmstances we were facing, I had concluded that we would raise at best $2.5 million in pledges from a campaign. Employing the Klote process, we were at the $3.6 million mark at the time of our campaign kick-off event!
The difference in the two capital campaign services that we have had experience with are quite remarkable. The service we retained for the former campaign employed part-time consultant availability. The James D. Klote & Associates consultant was here on a full-time basis, maintained an office at the church and became a valuable part of the church staff. In the former campaign, the consultant provided the material and instructions. In our recent campaign, the consultant provided the material, the instructions and was here every step of the way to participate with us in the campaign. The full-time consultant and the unique, highly personalized approach with each of our church families, were vital to our campaign achievement.
I heartily recommend James D. Klote & Associates for capital campaign services!
Fairfax Station, Virginia