A church in Wisconsin gets a new roof. In Pennsylvania, a new entrance and elevator provides handicap accessibility to the sanctuary. In North Carolina, a new summer camp kitchen provides hungry campers with delicious meals and allows the camp to meets new state health and safety requirements. These are a few examples of how Morning Star has helped with capital fundraising for immediate needs. A capital campaign is an intense effort to raise significant dollars in a short period of time. Whether it’s raising money for a new facility, renovations to existing buildings or beginning new ministries, Morning Star can help.
Morning Star Campaign Service, a service of Moravian Ministries Foundation, an interprovincial agency of the Moravian Church in America, was created to assist Moravian churches and agencies to plan, guide and manage capital fund raising. For nearly fourteen years, our careful planning and attention to detail has helped Moravians raise over $7,000,000. Our depth of experience brings about results they could not have achieved on their own.
Campaigns usually consist of two phases – Feasibility Study and Campaign Management
The Feasibility Study occurs prior to the campaign and gathers information to be included, along with our observations and recommendations to the leadership:
Is there support among the members/stakeholders for the project?
Is the campaign goal achievable?
Who are the key members of the church/agency who need to be involved for the campaign to succeed?
If the Feasibility Study Report shows support and recommends going forward, the management phases begins.
The Campaign Management phase:
Helps the church get organized for the campaign
Helps identify the campaign leadership
Helps develop materials
Helps plan and manage the necessary events (solicitation of major donors, kick-off event, victory celebration
In addition to providing to your church or agency skills and experience in capital campaigns, just like the for-profit consulting firms, Morning Star offers:
Aid in applying to grant making bodies,
Assistance to individuals who wish to give stocks and appreciated securities, via wire transfer and through certificates to the campaign – from receipt, to gift acknowledgement, to sale and to the distribution of the proceeds to the campaign,
The know-how to promote and accept gifts of real property to the campaign,
The Foundation’s planned giving services to help members/constituents fulfill their commitments using Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Trusts and the like,
But – the most important factor - the comfort of knowing that the Morning Star and Moravian Ministries Foundation is with your church or agency and your members long before and after the campaign.