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.

Vision Planning for Your Church

VisionEvans/Davis was recently asked how long it should take to develop a long-range vision plan. Obviously, it depends on the church and the schedule they wish to develop. Most often, a plan can be developed inside of six months.

Be aware that a number of organizations and firms may suggest nearly a year to a year and a half to develop a long-range plan. We feel that timing much over a half of a year is too long and will tire volunteers and delay beginning the plan’s implementation.

Evans/Davis has developed a Vision Planning Program that is both cost effective and efficient and is designed to enhance both numerical and spiritual growth. And, above all else, it is centered on further developing both ministry and mission …not just the use of the building and grounds.

It is our mission to assist churches in setting hearts on fire for Christ. We want to help you with both numerical and spiritual growth. Please contact us to learn more. We will be happy to meet with you to discuss our services and make recommendations for next steps in the planning process.

Firm in the Process of Scheduling Workshops

workshopsAs in past years, Evans/Davis will provide stewardship/visioning workshops to Dioceses, Synods, Conferences and other regional associations in late winter and spring this year. The firm does not charge for this service so it is recommended that, if you wish to provide churches/missions in your regional association with such a workshop, you contact our office soon. Every effort will be made to work within your calendar.

It is our mission to assist you in setting hearts on fire for Christ. Please let us know how we can help.

All Saints Episcopal Church Completes Long Range Vision Plan

All_Saints_Episcopal_Church_in_PortsmouthAll Saints Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, OH, with the assistance from Evans/Davis, has recently completed a long-range vision plan. Their envisioned future will require some much-needed dollars to make the plan a reality.

The church leadership will decide on how best to fund the long-range vision plan in the near future.

Easter Time

happy-easter-jesus-is-risen-3As we enter the Easter season it is a time for joy and optimism for the future. The days are getting longer and brighter and, for many churches and other not-for-profits, it is time for long-term planning. This is a good time to review ministries, services and programs with an eye toward long-range growth and development.

Evans/Davis has a vision planning program for churches that is cost efficient and enhances both numerical as well as spiritual growth. Not-for-profits can also benefit with our Vision Planning Program as they develop a long-range strategic plan for improved and enhanced programs and services.

We suggest, as you look at your future during this uplifting time you contact us so that we can assist you in developing a plan for your future.

Ohio River Clients Begin Work

all saints portsmouthEvans/Davis is honored to be working with All Saints Episcopal Church, in Portsmouth, Ohio, to assist them in discerning God’s call for their future. Their Vision Planning Program will be conducted this spring and summer, which will allow them to make decisions on funding their vision in the near future.

The firm is scheduled to meet with Ashland Childhood Development and will be scheduling a meeting with Calvary Episcopal Church, Ashland, KY and Christ Episcopal Church in Ironton, Ohio, to discuss beginning discernment and long-range planning. They all need to develop their list of needs and costs so that an assessment can be conducted with a fund-raising program in the near future.

We look forward to working with all of these Ohio River projects and aiding them in growth and development.

 

The Ohio River and Discernment

orb aerial viewThe Ohio River begins in Pittsburgh, PA as a confluence of two other rivers. It winds and flows, carving out borders for many states as it moves majestically to the Mississippi river.

In the early years of this country the river was a focal point for trade and commerce.  By the late 19th and early 20th century it became a hub for manufacturing and industry. The cities and towns along its bank grew and prospered…capitalizing on the river’s ability to provide economic growth and prosperity.

Economic changes over the years eventually led to the closing of most manufacturing.  Cities and towns along the river found themselves having to redevelop and discern new strategies for economic growth and development.

Churches and many not-for-profit organizations were also having to discern their future based upon the ever-changing economic environment. Evans/Davis has been contacted by a number of churches and community organizations, along the river, that need to discern their future and to assist them in developing fund strategies for the times ahead. Churches, especially, are looking to discern God’s call for ministries and evangelism based upon changes in both economy and personal life styles.

The firm will begin working with churches and other organizations this spring, assisting them with development of a long-range vision plan. We will be meeting with a number of others in the weeks and months ahead. It is our mission to assist churches in setting hearts on fire for Christ. We look forward to the challenges that lie ahead and hope that we can play a role in the future of churches and other not-for profits along the Ohio River.

Growing?

Grow My ChurchEvans/Davis wishes to ask you a tough question…is your church growing?

The firm has often heard this reply, “Yes, we are growing…spiritually.” Obviously, spiritual growth is very important in the life of the church but what is often ignored is numerical growth. As a result valuable and important ministries are discontinued or cut back because of declining stewardship revenues needed to support them.

Numerical growth happens when a long-range vision plan has been developed that determines key ministries, evangelism and other activities in the life of the church that need to be developed or enhanced to foster this church growth.

Evans/Davis has developed a Vision Planning Program that is both cost effective and efficient that is designed to enhance both numerical and spiritual growth. As we move into spring, we suggest that your leadership begin to discuss long-range planning. The firm can meet with you to discuss our services and make recommendations for next steps in the planning process.

It is our mission to assist churches in setting hearts on fire for Christ. We want to help you with both numerical and spiritual growth. Please contact us to learn more.

Evans/Davis to sponsor Exhibitor’s Table at the 124th Council of the Diocese of Southern Virginia

DIO SVEvans/Davis is excited to sponsor an exhibitor’s table at the 124th Council of the Diocese of Southern Virginia, scheduled for February 4 to 6, 2016 at the Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, VA. In addition to introducing ourselves to churches and Diocesan ministries for the first time, we will have the opportunity to visit with a number of churches and other diocesan ministries we have scheduled to meet around that time frame.

Evans/Davis asks any church in the Diocese of Southern Virginia to contact us should you wish to have us visit with you during the first week of February in 2016. We can meet you at the Lodge, at your church, or at a convenient location nearby.

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.