The only reason GraceWorks' capital campaign
specialists have personally raised over half a billion dollars
is because they fundraise Biblically.
To our consultants, fundraising is a profound
ministry that changes hearts for a lifetime. Jesus said:
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also
(Matt. 6:21). Notice the order -- how we use our treasure
changes our heart. Redirecting money from the world to the
Kingdom of God is one of the most important ways we change
It is extremely important to GraceWorks
Ministries that NO
ONE gives under compulsion (2 Corinthians 9) but rather each
gives joyfully and freely. Plus, we believe that the first
ten percent of income should go to the local church of the donor
-- that gifts to a Christian school are properly an offering.
But importantly, if you are raising money
biblically and spiritually -- not in your flesh -- then have a
GraceWorks would love to help you accomplish
fully God's purposes for your Christian school. Call us at
(719) 278-9600, or
click here for more information.
The Two Realities of a
Ultimately, there is the
earthly reality -- someone is going to write you a check --
and the spiritual reality -- the cattle on a thousand
hills are the Lord's.GraceWorks'
capital campaign specialists embrace both realities.
It's the difference between
goals ... and faith-sized goals. But how do you
operationalize faith-sized goals?
Capital Campaigns without
feasibility studies. You should never, never, NEVER do
this! In fact, GraceWorks will
not conduct a Capital Campaign
without a Pre-Campaign
Support Study. Let’s think about it together.
First, your objection to a study:
Your need is X amount of dollars, but what if the study shows only
a half or a third
of that is available.Why do the study?God will provide. He
wanted us to expand in the first place, right?
Answer to your objection: If in
reality your present support is a fraction of your total need,
then you will end up doing a multi-phase campaign, whether you
plan for it or not -- or like it.
Capital Campaign. Based on a thorough
Study, we set an obtainable goal for phase A. We
work hard. We make our goal. We celebrate! We build the Phase
A building. We start planning
Phase B. We set an obtainable (bigger) goal for Phase B.
We work hard. We make our goal. We celebrate!We build out much more of master building plan with
Phase B monies. We start planning a (bigger) Phase C . . . and
Scenario #2: The
UnplannedVersion of the Multi-Phase
Capital Campaign: We skip the
Study. Our ultimate goal becomes the immediate
goal, based on need. We work very hard, both longer and harder
than we thought. We don’t make our goal.(In fact we’re not
even close.) We half-heartedly celebrate. We have major public
egg on our face. We burn out. We waste a year or two being
very, very confused. We switch consultants. We conclude we
have no choice but to do a second effort.Only with great
difficulty are we able to recruit volunteers and leaders for
Phase B. Some of our best volunteers, leaders, and donors
flatly tell us “No” -- permanently. Because of this, we raise
less money in Phase B than had we planned it out in the first
place -- and because of our initial confusion, it takes a year or
GraceWorks’ reality principle means
we’re not going to help you along the way of Scenario #2.Yes, we strongly believe in faith-sized goals. Yes, we believe
that the cattle on a thousand hills are His. (Psalm 50:10) Yes,
we believe that where God’s finger points the way, His hand will
On the other hand, we are to love the Lord
our God with “all our mind” as well as our heart and soul (Mark
12:30). Besides being stewards of His vision, we are stewards
of all the resources He has given us to accomplish this vision
money, yes, but also donors, leaders,
volunteers, and staff. Scenario #2 is costly for all
of these. Keep in mind that while God gives the vision, He
often does not give the timetable for that vision. It may take
Fundraising without Planning.
If you engage GraceWorks, plan on putting time and money into
visioning and planning,particularly
have a strategic plan.
reality is, without a well-thought out strategic plan, many
major donors will give you token gifts. They may like you and
like your passion, but they simply don’t trust your business
sense. In other words, the money you invest in a solid
strategic plan will return itself many times over
-- often in
your first successful major gift solicitation.
Here’s the good news:
GraceWorks, you can afford to do a strategic plan, a
Support Study, and the campaign
-- and still spend tens of
thousands of dollars less than you would pay a for-profit consulting firm.
In other words, you can afford to do it right with
(3)Ignoring the Board.
very big mistake, and GraceWorks won’t do it!
The first adjunct staff person GraceWorks added, David Domsch,
is a strategic planner and expert at building the
type of Board of Directors
your Christian school needs to succeed.
The reality is this:
have to significantly strengthen their Boards if they are going
simply will not ignore the Board.That’s why we keep our rates
affordable-- so you can afford
the outside help to do it
Based on the
SupportStudy, GraceWorkscustomizes everything about your campaign to your situation.Why? Because each situation is different! A lot of
time and energy? Yes, but it makes all the difference for your
Here’s the bottom-line.
You can do
it right with GraceWorks, more quickly, efficiently, and
affordably than you would imagine. And you can do it with
confidence because our capital campaign specialists have
personally raised over 500 million dollars!
so strongly in the validity of our approach and principles,that we guarantee all our work.For Capital
Campaigns, we spell out the results you can expect,
based on a Pre-Campaign
Study. For annual fundraising, we spell
out your likely results based on a Pre-Campaign
our other services -- we take the time to get to know your
situation first, then we spell out the results you can expect.
We also specifically spell out what you, your staff, your
volunteers, your leaders, and your Board
will need to do in order to
information, call GraceWorks' President, Dan Krause, at (719)