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Fund Raising Firm Referrals

Churches often prefer to spend their own cash on improvements before borrowing money. They usually want to consider what they can raise from their members before contemplating outside borrowing. Churches do not live by the corporate incentive of return on invested capital. Churches count “capital” differently. Knowing up-front the congregation’s capital campaign giving capacity is an important part of a church expansion strategy. As a lender to churches, we find it helpful to know not only what a church can provide through its own funds, but also it’s ability to service a loan after that initial capital campaign is finished. In our experience, these two items are intricately entwined in non-profit financing. There are certain professional fundraising firms who we feel have been able to realistically provide the services for which they are hired. Fundraising campaigns are not inexpensive – when measured against time and effort - whether done in-house or done completely with outside service firms. A poorly run capital campaign can be expensive in terms of cost and lost time, and can be extremely demoralizing to a congregation if unsuccessful. Therefore, we are willing to refer churches to a few fund raising firms that seem to have stood the test of time, delivered on their promises, and proven their ability to do good work. These firms run professional campaigns within the guidelines of the religious body that hires them. They are able to truly inspire and motivate a congregation to provide a realistic and adequate capital fundraising effort. Once that campaign is accomplished or as it is launched, we can provide the additional funds required for the church to meet it goals and missions.

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