Partners builds the capability of congregational leadership for building care, shared use, and capital fundraising through training programs, fundraising assistance, and organizational and facility assessments. In the process, Partners becomes a trusted resource and guide as congregations examine and weigh opportunities.
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Maximizing Support from Members and the Larger Community
Every congregation is the center of a unique network of parishioners, neighbors, and friends, Having worked with many thousands of sacred places across the country, Partners is uniquely positioned to help faith and lay leaders leverage these networks for campaign success.
No two congregations are the same, and it follows that no two successful capital campaigns can be the same. Partners works with each of its clients to design and implement a fundraising strategy that represents and celebrates the congregation’s distinctive history, heritage, and culture. Services offered include:
The foundation of a successful campaign, the feasibility study is an opportunity for a congregation to gauge the receptiveness of members and the community to its campaign; to identify and recruit volunteers, campaign leadership, and major donors; and to identify realistic fundraising goals and timelines.
Partners provides comprehensive consulting services that address both the internal and external components of a campaign. Beginning with prospect research and continuing campaign evaluation, Partners provides congregations the consultation and support they need to ensure their campaign success, including:
- Case Study Assistance
- Building a Pyramid of Gifts Donor Identification
- Material Design
- Media Strategy
- Volunteer Training
- Donor Strategic Approach Campaign Evaluation
The Partners Brand
For nearly 30 years, Partners for Sacred Places has empowered congregations to restore their buildings and revitalize their communities. This work, vital to faith communities and to the neighborhoods they serve, comes at a cost. Maintaining a safe, healthy, and welcoming environment for worship and services puts potentially unbearable pressure on a congregation’s budget. A successful capital campaign is often all that stands between a brighter future and shuttered doors.
At Partners, we approach Capital Campaign Consulting Services as an extension of our mission, an important service to and resource for our core constituency. Building on the trust we have earned in faith communities over two decades, the innovative ftmdraising tools and approaches that we have developed, and the expertise and skills of our staff, Partners’ Capital Campaign Consulting Services are characterized by:
Creativity: Partners recognizes, appreciates and celebrates the unique story that every historic sacred place has to tell. We are dedicated to researching and developing innovative tools and services that empower congregations to understand the singular role that each plays in the past, present and future of the community.
Collaboration: Partners fosters new and stronger relationships between stakeholders in the faith, philanthropy, preservation and academic sectors. We help congregations open their doors to the community, and we help communities see the value – social, cultural, and economic – of investing in local congregations and parishes.
Quality: Over two decades, Partners has cultivated an unparalleled expertise in the field of older sacred places. Our advocacy work is strengthened by partnerships with leading academics and policy-makers. Our programs are piloted and adapted before implementation and evaluated and updated frequently to ensure their continued relevance and impact.