When looking at the cost of hiring a fundraising consultant, it’s easy to think that it might be money you don’t need to spend. After all, as a part of church leadership, it is your responsibility to be good stewards of God’s money—especially the money collected in the offering plate.
There are many sound reasons to hire a fundraising consultant. The true cost of a capital campaign is not the cost of a consultant, but the amount of money you don’t raise. With a do-it-yourself campaign, a church will only raise about half as much as its potential. That’s right, instead of raising $2 million, the church would only raise about $1 million. You only have one opportunity to do it right. Many building decisions will be made based upon how much you raise and those decisions will affect your church for years to come. So why limit your church’s potential?
A do-it-yourself church capital campaign can waste very precious resources—including your pastor’s time, staff time and volunteer time. I’ve never met a pastor and church staff who have plenty of extra time on their hands. It can be quite frustrating to waste time in long volunteer meetings trying to figure out how to proceed with conflicting suggestions. Hiring a consultant can also help you avoid costly mistakes.
A fundraising consultant knows what works for other churches and can provide you with a valuable outside perspective. Every church member has different motivations for giving and it’s important to not miss something that could cause one of your biggest givers to contribute. With a fundraising consultant, you can avoid potential issues that could derail your campaign.
A fundraising consultant will put together a timeline and schedule for a campaign and will keep things on track. Deadlines won’t be missed and campaigns won’t drag on and on and on. Furthermore, a consultant can help you determine fundraising goals so you know what to aim for.
It can feel overwhelming to start on such a huge project. Churches need a consultant they can trust who can give them confidence at each step of the process.
The true cost of a capital campaign is not the cost of a consultant, it's the amount of money you don’t raise.
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