Methodology

ECF's Discern-Study-Ask methodology has helped hundreds of Episcopal congregations, dioceses, and other ministries raise millions of dollars in capital funds.

Read a capital campaign story from Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Spring, Texas about their experience with ECF here.

Discern
Raising funds begins with listening to what God is calling your ministry to accomplish. The Discernment phase is complete, and a Feasibility Study may begin, when:

  • The list of projects is finalized
  • All project costs are known
  • All constituencies are aware of the projects and costs

Consider what urgent and compelling needs might be funded:

  • New construction, restoration, or expansion of facilities
  • Programming or outreach needs
  • Endowment creation or enhancement
  • Debt retirement

Discernment is also the time to bring philanthropic leaders to the table. When appropriate, ECF can assist you with major gift work, prospect research, and moves management strategies.

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Study
Through personal interviews, along with an electronic and direct mail survey, all members of your community are invited to share their thoughts about the proposed plans. Every member is engaged, the vision reinforced, and the path forward becomes clearer for all.

A professionally conducted Feasibility Study measures support for a campaign and provides information to help leadership make decisions, including:

  • If a campaign has the support to proceed successfully
  • A realistic and attainable goal
  • The level of support for each project
  • A list of potential donors

ECF Feasibility Studies are specifically designed to address the unique dynamics of fundraising in church communities.

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Ask
An experienced ECF Capital Campaign consultant, who has come to know the unique culture of your congregation, will assist with recruiting, training, and coaching your team through the five phases of your campaign:

1. PREPARATION

  • Finalize case statement and goal
  • Establish campaign plan, budget, and theme
  • Produce brochure, pledge cards, and materials

2. LEADERSHIP

  • Identify and train campaign leaders
  • Conduct Advance Gifts evaluation

3. ADVANCE GIFTS

  • Advance Gifts training and solicitation
  • Implement pledge tracking procedures
  • Initiate Planned Giving as appropriate

4. CONGREGATIONAL GIFTS

  • Congregational Gifts training and solicitation
  • Kick-Off event
  • Workers commissioned on Dedication Sunday

5. CELEBRATION

  • Thanksgiving service and acknowledgements
  • Create pledge collection and follow-up strategies

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