FAQs

1. Can we manage our campaign without a consultant?
Regardless of the size of the campaign, leadership should consider seeking outside professional assistance. This is too important an undertaking to expect a volunteer to manage or put on the shoulders of your clergy. Presentations are free of charge and you will learn a lot about the process by interviewing consultants.

2. When should we start looking for a consultant?
It is never too early to start interviewing consultants. ECF’s first of three campaign phases is Discernment. This most important phase guides you through the visioning and identification of needs while continually engaging the whole congregation.

3. We have all our plans together. Are we ready for a Feasibility Study?
If communication and congregational engagement has been intentionally and thoroughly completed (see question #2), then you are ready. If you have not worked with an ECF consultant through Discernment, we will evaluate your readiness to determine if you need to do some communications “clean-up” or if you need some further discernment.

4. Do we need to do a Feasibility Study?
ECF’s feasibility study gives you concrete feedback to help answer five important questions:

  • Does your community understand the need for a campaign?
  • Do they agree with it?
  • Will they work to support it?
  • Will they contribute financially?
  • If so, how much?

In order for your campaign to be a success it needs to be a communal project. The projects must be understood, linked to the mission and vitality of your congregation, and attainable. The study results give you important information to adjust your goals in order to achieve a successful campaign.

5. How much will it cost to hire ECF as our capital campaign consultant?
ECF capital campaign fees are based on sliding fee scale that allows parishes of any size or financial capacity to hold capital campaigns. We will develop a proposal for services based upon your specific circumstances and needs.

6. For what types of things does a capital campaign raise funds?

  • Building projects like renovations, expansions, new construction, or a new pipe organ, columbarium, labyrinth, etc.
  • Program or outreach needs such as music, young adult ministries, and homeless shelters
  • Retiring debt
  • Creating or growing an endowment

7. Will a capital campaign take away from our annual stewardship?
Parishes and other ministries are often concerned about the impact a capital campaign will have on its annual stewardship. A well-executed campaign however, will re-energize the community, get members more involved with the vision and mission, and improve understanding of how resources are used and the impact they have. As a result, a capital campaign can often improve annual stewardship and giving efforts. If you work with an ECF consultant, you will have assistance with your annual campaign strategy as well.

8. How much can we expect to raise in a capital campaign?
An industry rule of thumb is that a capital campaign can be expected to raise about three to five times your annual giving. ECF’s feasibility study will help determine a specific and realistic goal based upon your clear and compelling needs.

9. Who asks for pledges?
The solicitation phase utilizes the information accumulated during Discernment and Feasibility Study in order to launch a successful campaign. ECF trains and mentors your staff and volunteers, designs your campaign brochure, pledge card, and teaches you how to invite your peers to join you in support of your amazing ministries.

10. How often should you conduct a capital campaign?
Capital campaign frequency depends upon the needs and resources of the community, but typically it is possible to hold a capital campaign every five to ten years.

To learn more, call us at 800-697-2858 or send us an email and we’ll call you.