• Communications is Key in a Capital Campaign
    Vital Posts
    In my corporate work, I used to facilitate a workshop called the M.A.G.I.C .of Customer Relations, which emphasized communications and relationships as two of the keys to delivering exceptional customer service. Early in the program we pondered a q…
  • Take a Deep Breath and Make the Ask
    Vital Posts
    If you’ve never done it before, asking someone to contribute their money for a cause, however good, can seem scary or uncomfortable. As a philanthropy and fundraising professional, I’ve made numerous “asks” and written countless grant propo…
  • Fear Not! Good tidings about Capital Campaigns
    Webinars
    Undertaking a capital campaign can seem daunting, but it need not be. Join two of our consultants, Linda Buskirk and Nick Sollog, as they provide a step-by-step guide of the methodology that has led hundreds of Episcopal parishes to not only reach th…
  • Connectedness and Stewardship
    Vital Posts
    Something I quickly learned when I began working with Episcopal churches was that often, we do not think of ourselves as “nonprofits” or “charities.” While their exact words might vary, congregational leaders seem to ascribe to a vi…
  • The Constituency Model
    Tools
    The Constituency Model consists of concentric circles that represent levels of connection an organization’s constituents have to an organization. I have modified the model to fit the structure and life of the Episcopal Church. The model can serve a…
  • Wonderful Worship
    Vital Posts
    Who doesn’t like a good worship service? Fortunately our Episcopal liturgy allows us the flexibility to be very creative in our worship expression. While our clergy has the primary role in designing and delivering these worship experiences, the…
  • Basics of a Capital Campaign
    Webinars
    A successful capital campaign raises more than money. It raises up new leadership, better communication, and a stronger spiritual community. This webinar will provide a step-by-step understanding of the methodology that has led hundreds of Episcopal …
  • Fear Not the Capital Campaign
    Vital Posts
    Angels in the Bible often say, “Fear not!” as they are about to deliver some awesome news from God. In my role as a capital campaign consultant for the Episcopal Church Foundation, I also have found, “Do not be afraid,” is a needed preface …
  • The Capital Campaign: Where the Past, Present and Future Converge
    Vital Posts
    One of the blessings of working with different congregations on their capital campaigns is the opportunity to hear the amazing stories of the commitment and generosity of the saints whose passion for the Gospel brought these communities into being,…
  • The Feasibility Study: More Than Simply Dollars and Cents
    Vital Posts
    One of the most oft-cited reasons for hiring a campaign consultant is the desire of a parish campaign team to test the feasibility of raising the dollars needed for the projects being proposed. It’s a great reason! The ECF model offers the answer…
  • Finding God’s Purpose for Your Capital Campaign
    Vital Posts
    Motivational speaker Simon Sinek stresses that WHAT we do, and HOW we do it, are LESS important than a clear understanding of WHY we do things. Here are two key reasons ‘why’ we do a capital campaign:  1. A capital campaign is a vehicle f…
  • Taking the Plunge
    Vital Posts
    “I’m not sure we can do this…” Often when I first visit a parish in my capacity as a capital campaign consultant I find that folks are hesitant about fully embracing a capital campaign. There is usually some fear about impact on their a…
  • Discovering a Sense of the Future
    Vital Posts
    Why do relatively few parishes mount capital campaigns or have planned giving programs? Well, it is very difficult to work toward a goal you don’t think is possible. It is impossible to work toward a goal you don’t even believe exists. …
  • Basics of a Capital Campaign
    Webinars
    A successful capital campaign raises more than money. It raises up new leadership, better communication, and a stronger spiritual community. This webinar will provide a step-by-step understanding of the methodology that has led hundreds of Episcopal …
  • Tell Me A Story
    Vital Posts
    Capital campaign planning includes both thought and study about a church’s 'To-Do' list. As people gather data, the project list may soon dominate the conversation. Yes, it is important to build the new wheelchair ramp with the required 1:12 ramp…
  • Basics of a Capital Campaign
    Webinars
    A successful capital campaign raises more than money. It raises up new leadership, better communication, and a stronger spiritual community. This webinar will provide a step-by-step understanding of the methodology that has led hundreds of Episcopal …
  • Discerning Need: The Power of Openness, Listening, & Music
    Vital Posts
    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chatham, New Jersey was considering a capital campaign; ECF consultant, Gerald (Jerry) Keucher was working with them. As Jerry tells it, the driving force behind a campaign was two-fold: First, to improve the access…
  • “Aha” Moments
    Vital Posts
    Have you ever heard, ‘if we could just solve the problem of x in our parish strategy, we'd be ready …”? I was on the plane on my way to visit a client. I picked up a “Psychology Today” magazine which featured  this article: “Eureka:…
  • “What is God Calling Us to Do?”
    Vital Posts
    A few days ago I was reminded that if you want to know what God is calling you to do---its important to actually spend some time together. This reminder triggered a profound moment in my experiences as a consultant. About a year ago, a parish…
  • “Crossing from Debt to Mission”
    Vital Posts
    St. Aidan's Episcopal Church recently completed a capital campaign for debt retirement. Pastor Anna Doherty describes some of the key lessons the community learned from their experience: We chose the theme "Crossing from Debt to Mission" beca…
  • Gifts: Thank You But????
    Vital Posts
    What do you do when a gift received may not be the right fit? With Christmas comes an ethos of increased giving in our country. Hearts are opened wide and the spirit of giving is encouraged. Yet, how many of us have opened a present to find tha…
  • Don't Presume: Ask!
    Vital Posts
    Why is it important for all voices to be heard? I was at a midsized parish that was in the midst of a feasibility study to determine what support was available for capital improvements. The plan was to look specifically at building accessibility…
  • Transformation: Part of the Process
    Vital Posts
    At the beginning of a campaign process I often hear, “If we could just raise this amount of money, we could get to doing real ministry. Imagine the transformation!” During the capital campaign or special appeal, volunteers often reshape t…
  • Using Your Fundraising Time Effectively
    Vital Posts
    In my July 11, 2014 blog I asked the question “How much time can a Church leader anticipate spending on the day to day activities of a successful campaign?” If you missed it, you can access it here.  If we consider fundraising as not just a …
  • How Much Time Should Church Leaders Spend on Fundraising?
    Vital Posts
    First of a two-part series... Church leaders: How much time should one spend on raising funds? I am a fan of healthy expectations. I like knowing what I`m committing to prior to jumping in---and how far I need to stretch to get intended res…
  • Crowdfunding
    Vital Posts
    For the past four or five years, my church, St. Lydia’s, has worshipped around dinner tables in a Lutheran church, an Episcopal parish hall, a congregant's house, and rented space in a Zen Center. Soon we’ll be moving into our own storefront. …
  • The Truth Will Have To Do
    Vital Posts
    A few years ago I attended a life changing professional development training. Inhibited by worrying about how others would respond to hard truths, I asked how a leader determines the responsibility of caring for others and their response. The consu…
  • Church Leadership Conference: ECF Presentations
    Tools
    ECF offered a number of workshops the 2014 Church Leadership Conference: Unlocking the New Church. Copies of some of the presentations are offered below.
  • Attitude Adjustment
    Vital Posts
    The Power of Community in Fundraising – it is NOT about the Money! In previous blogs, I wrote about how fundraising is ministry. (If you missed them, you can find them here). Even in the preparation for fundraising, parishes can be stre…
  • Fundraising is Ministry
    Vital Posts
    Often when people think about capital campaigns, they think about it as a necessary means to an end. Essentially, if they can only accomplish their financial goal, then they can go about doing ministry. I believe that the process of fundraising …
  • Involving Youth in Giving
    Vital Posts
    There’s an adage that says “If you ask a person for a dollar you`ll get their opinion. If you ask a person for their opinion, you`ll get an opportunity for a contribution.” When thinking about youth involvement for giving, ECF Capital Cam…
  • Telling Your Story...
    Vital Posts
    Telling your story, enlarging your potential audience, and making new friends: a lesson from the Sisters of the Community of the Holy Spirit. Rebecca Earl, ECF Capital Campaign Consultant, tells of how an order learned how to tell their story m…
  • We're Not Selling Lemons...
    Vital Posts
    When asking another person to make a gift to a Capital Campaign, story telling isn`t just a powerful tool---it’s a gift we provide one another. Often the person making the invitation is surprised at how easily their story of connection/belonging/tr…
  • Who?
    Vital Posts
    “When renovating a kitchen, don`t forget who will use it!” In my last blog, I talked about how the discernment phase of a capital campaign seeks to answer the question of what God is calling a parish to do. We use this phase to create a soli…
  • Seeing is Believing!
    Vital Posts
    “60’s shag carpeting is not part of our vision.” ECF has a three-phase strategy for capital campaigns: Discernment-Feasibility Study- Solicitation. During Discernment, we work with parishes to determine what God is calling them to do.  …
  • Yes We Can!
    Vital Posts
    Yes we can! “This community is important to me and has done a lot for my family in these hard times. I talked to my wife and we can give 10% of our unemployment checks.” The economy or the perception of the state of economy can often im…
  • Listening: A Lesson in Fundraising
    Vital Posts
    There was a parish that wanted to redo their existing kitchen for the purpose of hospitality during coffee hour. Identified as a potential lead gift was a gentleman who many in that community would lovingly call a “curmudgeon.”  I`m sure you…
  • Coffee Money: An Extraordinary Gift
    Vital Posts
    “I role dice with my buddies.”  I once worked with a parish outside of Philadelphia. Many in that parish’s community were on restricted incomes. Yet, that January, the roof quite literally fell in and a capital campaign became a must. …
  • Using Video
    Vestry Papers
    Do you need a video for your capital campaign? Maybe you've had your heart strings pulled by glowing shots and the stirring soundtrack of your alma mater's video or the local hospital's. But is something that flashy appropriate for a church instituti…
  • How to Prepare for a Capital Campaign
    Tools
    A capital campaign is an opportunity to identify new leaders and create opportunities for mission and service.
  • Rejoice & beware: Practical issues
    Vestry Papers
    A capital campaign is an opportunity for building community, yet it can be fraught with obstacles.
  • Limited funds, limited time, yet success
    Vestry Papers
    Many small parishes never undertake capital campaigns because of the difficulties and limitations that come with having few resources.
  • Capital campaigns, faith and hard times
    Vestry Papers
    St. Michael and All Angels is not a wealthy congregation. However, the story of our capital campaign over the past couple of years has been quite remarkable.
  • Basics of a Capital Campaign
    Webinars
    This webinar provides a step-by-step understanding of the methodology that has led hundreds of Episcopal parishes to success using a flexible three phase process: Discernment, Feasibility Study, and the Gifting Phase. Learn how to prepare for and exe…
  • Transformational Side Effects of Capital Campaigns
    Webinars
    Whether you are considering embarking on a capital campaign, fearing that you need to conduct one, ignoring the need for one, or recovering from mistakes made in a past campaign, you should come hear the surprising good news - A capital campaign done…
  • Preparing for a Diocesan Capital Campaign
    Webinars
    Capital Campaigns are won or lost long before the first glossy brochure goes to press. And nowhere is the planning phase more critical than in the complex territory of a diocesan campaign. This webinar will address what steps you should take, what st…
  • Integrating Annual, Capital & Planned Giving
    Webinars
    If you worry about “always asking for money” in your congregation, this webinar is for you. Far from competing for the same dollars, annual, capital, and planned giving programs should complement each other to build vibrant current ministries whi…
  • Basics of a Capital Campaign
    Webinars
    A successful capital campaign raises more than money. It raises up new leadership, better communication, and a stronger spiritual community. This webinar will provide a step-by-step understanding of the methodology that has led hundreds of Episcopal …
  • Basics of a Capital Campaign
    Webinars
    A successful capital campaign raises more than money. It raises up new leadership, better communication, and a stronger spiritual community. This webinar will provide a step-by-step understanding of the methodology that has led hundreds of Episcopal …
  • Basics of a Capital Campaign
    Webinars
    A successful capital campaign raises more than money. It raises up new leadership, better communication, and a stronger spiritual community. This web conference will provide a step-by-step understanding of the methodology that has led hundreds of Epi…
  • Transformation by Capital Campaign
    Webinars
    Whether you are considering embarking on a capital campaign, fearing that you need to conduct one, ignoring the need for one, or recovering from mistakes made in a past campaign, you should come hear the surprising good news - A capital campaign done…
  • Episcopal Church & School Capital Campaigns
    Webinars
    Join us for a step-by-step review of a coordinated capital campaign for your Church and School. Learn a time-tested methodology that has helped leaders of Episcopal schools, as well as the parishes they are connected to, plan and implement a successf…
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