Fundraise FAQ

How can our congregation justify hiring a consultant when we are trying to raise money?

Studies show that working with an experienced fundraising consultant increases your campaign’s chances for success and the amount of money you can raise.

When should we consider a capital campaign?

After your congregation has decided on a project, contact Disciples Church Extension Fund to determine next steps. Typically, it is best to conduct a capital campaign separately from your congregation’s annual stewardship campaign.

What should we consider when launching a capital campaign?

First, and most importantly, you want to connect the project to your congregation’s ministry. Then you should determine your capital campaign leadership and your congregation’s capacity for fundraising. And finally, you’ll want to decide on the most appropriate timeframe in which to conduct the campaign.

What types of projects do capital campaigns typically fund?

Capital campaigns are generally used to purchase land or buildings, construct new buildings, renovate existing facilities or retire old debt. Special ministry projects may also be included in a capital campaign.

How does a campaign advisor work with us?

We’ll help you plan your capital campaign and develop your leadership team, as well as provide hands-on information and training sessions. We’ll also work with you to develop materials and a communications plan. We remain by your side every step of the way. Depending on which campaign you choose, we may even attend your Commitment Sunday.

How long does a capital campaign take?

A well-executed capital campaign takes two to three months to complete from initial planning through the final follow-up steps. If your needs are more immediate, we can advise you on ways to save time without cutting corners. For instance, depending on your goals, sometimes it’s easier and more effective to take out a loan.

How do we determine our capital campaign goal?

We will help your congregation evaluate the giving capacity of your members by conducting a feasibility study. This study includes an analysis of current giving, congregation size, demographics and the type of project.

How does DCEF help our capital campaign succeed?

DCEF advisors have deep knowledge and understanding based on many years of experience working with all kinds of Disciples congregations. This enables us to provide highly specialized advice to your congregation.