Ashland Child Development Center Begins Capital Campaign Preparation

ACDC SnipAshland Childhood Development Center (ACDC), Ashland, KY, has begun the preparation for launching a capital campaign this fall. ACDC, with assistance from Evans/Davis, has drafted a campaign brochure, formed a campaign committee and begun the process of soliciting possible major gift donors.

The plan is to complete major gifts solicitations, as much as possible, over the summer. In that way, a campaign kick-off can be held early in the fall this year. The initial objective is $350,000.

Are You Ready for a Campaign?

This article contributed by Al Boren.

RUReadyAre you among the many smaller community and faith based organizations with heartfelt needs that can be met with capital funding projects IF you can only raise the money?  Well established cornerstones of successful capital/project campaign development such as a sound strategic plan, board leadership, stakeholder involvement, business sustainability, and compatible donor prospects are not always in place, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful!

In my experience, the best investment an organization can make for a major funding campaign readiness in today’s challenging environment is to develop a thorough vision plan as a well as executing a fund raising feasibility/assessment study. It may not produce what you want to hear, but what you need to know.    

The first step is for the organization to work with reputable fund-raising counsel to assist in discerning the vision plan, assess the findings, and undertake the necessary steps for ensuring campaign readiness. Essentials of a quality assessment/study will highlight strengths and weaknesses in the case, timing for philanthropic participation, perception of the organization, commitment of key leaders, plan for sustainability and the reception of top donor prospects.

Passion is a major driver of nearly all visions.  And, when supported by time-proven prerequisites for successful campaigns, your organization will achieve its vision at some level.


Al Boren is a development professional that has conducted numerous capital campaigns and feasibility studies with a successful career in the management of not for profit organizations.

St. Mark’s Begins Construction


imageSt. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Erie, PA, has begun construction of an enhanced and expanded parish hall. Evans/Davis conducted a successful capital campaign for the church in 2014. Additional work will be coming in the near future.

Ashland Child Development Completes Feasibility Study

acdAshland Childhood Development Center (ACDC), Ashland, KY, has recently completed a study to determine if a capital campaign for them is feasible. ACDC, with assistance from Evans/Davis, has developed a list of needs and prioritizes. After conducting a number of interviews with potential donors and community leaders, the firm has drafted a study report. It was presented to their leadership that suggests that a capital campaign is feasible.  ACDC will begin their capital campaign this winter that should be will be completed in spring of this year. The initial objective is $350,000.

The Assessment/Study – a Valuable Tool

Evans-Davis Processes for Community OrganizationsEvans/Davis was recently contacted by a church and asked to explain the value of the Assessment/Study. It was interesting because the church contact stated “There are about five individuals in our congregation who will determine if we should do a capital campaign. If they are on board, we are good…if not, we won’t do one.”

Well, this statement is only partially true. Of course, the major donors need to be interviewed to determine if there are sufficient dollars available to reach the desired amount, but much more is gained through a comprehensive assessment/study.

Besides determining the potential dollar amounts a capital campaign could raise, a well designed and executed study gives other valuable information from the congregation, information that will significantly impact a capital campaign. The information collected will include:

  • The interviewees perceptions of the abilities of both the current lay and clergy leadership
  • The interviewees feelings on the long-range vision plan for the church
  • The assembly of a composite priority of how best to deal with the needs of the church
  • The perceived strengths and areas of church life that need help
  • The potential for campaign leadership
  • The best timing for as well as other influences, both internal and external, that could have an impact on a campaign

An assessment/study is especially good for medium to large size congregations that are less intimate and more likely to have different perspectives on both church values and its long-term direction.

We suggest you contact us so that we can give you additional information that will help you in determining if an assessment/study is right for you.

Does your Church have a “Green Light?”


Many churches have difficulty beginning new ministries or enhancing current ministries because the congregation doesn’t have the necessary tools to launch, maintain and enhance such ministries. One major tool for such ministries is the church facilities themselves. If the facilities are not adequate for potential ministries, it becomes very difficult if not impossible to begin or enhance such ministries. For instance, the facilities may not be accessible for those who are physically challenged or the buildings have not been upgraded for modern communications. Perhaps there are parts of the church plant that have been “grandfathered” under the building codes, but will need to be brought up to code when a new ministry begins. Other church facilities may simply have renovations and repairs that, due to tight budgets, have not been addressed for many years.

Evans/Davis, working with an architectural firm, has included inspection of your churches facilities as part of its Vision Planning Program. This architectural firm will provide you with a color code to let you know how accessible your physical plant is in the conduct of daily church life. “Green” means you are full-go and little to nothing is needed. “Yellow” is cautionary suggesting that your current church ministries and other activities may be impeded or slowed due to the barriers in your facilities that will require some restorations or enhancements. “Red” means that most church ministries and other aspects of church life are in jeopardy as the physical plant is virtually unusable and work to it is drastically needed!

Again, this service is provided in our Vision Planning Program as part of this long-range planning exercise. Please contact us for more detail on the program.


Evans-Davis to Begin Work with a Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio

Grace Episcopal Church in the College Hill area of Cincinnati has asked Evans/Davis to guide them in developing a long-range vision plan.  Their desire is to grow Grace church…especially through their “healing” ministry as well as other vital programs. The plan will address needs of the church facilities and staffing to enhance growth of ministries.

A feasibility/assessment study will be conducted after the discernment/visioning program has been completed. The hope is that initial funding for the vision will be generated through a capital funds campaign in the near future.

St. Mark’s Reaches Campaign Goal

St MarksThese are joyous times at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Erie, PA. On all Saints Sunday, the church celebrated the announcement that their capital campaign had reached its mark of $600,000! With a successful capital campaign, the church leadership can now begin the process of renovations and improvements to their parish hall and front entrance area.

Evans/Davis was honored to guide St. Mark’s through the planning and implementation of their capital campaign. With guidance from the Holy Spirit, St. Mark’s will continue to shine as a beacon for God’s message and ministries in the greater Erie, PA, area.

Current Capital Campaign Project Updates

Update GraphicSt. Mark’s Episcopal Church – Erie, PA

They are closing in on their campaign objective. A discernment committee of the church determined a long-range plan that called for improvements to the parish hall and remodeling of their front entrance. As of this writing, nearly $550,000 of the $600,000 objective has been pledged! They should reach their goal soon!

St. John’s Episcopal Church – Franklin, PA

They have just completed their kickoff brunch. Their long-range plans include church and rectory renovations as well as installation of an elevator. Currently, the campaign has raised approximately $80,000 of its $200,000 objective and will continue solicitations through Thanksgiving.

Value of Evans/Davis Services from a Senior Warden’s Perspective

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Halfway Through Construction

As a member of the leadership team of an Episcopal church it is sometimes worse than trying to herd cats to get a Vestry, Clergy and other church members on the same page in regards to a capital campaign.

When we at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Medina, Oh were finally forced to face a series of crumbling building issues (10+ years of water buckets, ice dam destruction, etc.) we knew we needed help. We turned to Evans/Davis for support, here are the key benefits that they brought to our needs:
  • Experience and perspective, they kept us rational through some pretty emotional discussions and decision processes.
  • The vision and planning process has been impactful well beyond the capital campaign, the process output continues to guide our thinking and behavior.
  • Masterful ability to meet with members and garner honest feedback around financial contribution and church leadership.
  • Results, we ended up raising almost exactly what the Evans/Davis process and team said we would.
Our capital project is complete, it is enjoyed by all and serves as physical evidence of God’s blessing upon us and it only took 4 years from start to finish.
Steve Rucinski, 330-958-4867, feel free to contact me if I can help you with your church’s decision process.