Did you miss the June 30th Church Chat? Here’s a recap of the presentation and discussion about our move to a new home and the Capital Campaign to support it.
Sue Bender Wilkinson, chair of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee, outlined the process that will enable us to reach our goal of a new home by the end of 2022.
“This will require the effort of our entire community,” she says. “We’re aiming for 100 percent participation, regardless of the size of each gift. It will truly feel like our home if we have all contributed.”
The campaign will proceed in three phases:
Phase I: The Foundation, in which we purchase land without a mortgage, will allow us to remain in our current building while we plan for a new building. This phase is currently underway, and will be active through November 2019. The fundraising goal for Phase 1 is 46 percent of the overall goal because in the final phase we will sell the building and have the proceeds to contribute to the actual building phase. In dollars, that means the goal for Phase 1 is $322,500, of which we have in hand $150,250 ( from the Lawson Fund and some other building fund contributions), and current pledges of $100,750, leaving $71,500 left to raise by the end of September.
In November a consultant from UUA will work with us on planning for the next phases of our dream. Save the weekend of November 17 so that you can be part of that discussion.
Phase 2: The Vision, in which we engage and work with an architect and site planner to finalize our collection rendering of the building. This phase will take place in the spring and summer of 2020, after Rev Joe has returned from his sabbatical. The estimated budget for this phase is $100,500, of which we have available $50,000 from the Lawson Fund and will raise the additional $50,500.
Phase 3: The Realization, in which we build our new home and complete our transition, will occur from September 2020 through December 2022. The anticipated budget for this phase is $1,180,000, of which we will have available $1,025,000 (including proceeds from the sale of our building and our assumption of a $300,000 mortgage), and will need to raise $155,000.
The total, therefore, to be raised for the entire process is $377,750. UUA advises that capital campaigns be planned for 3 to 5 times a church’s annual fund campaign. Our annual fund drive raises $170,000 so our capital campaign goal actually represents 2.4 times our annual drive.
Therefore, if each family (or individual) of our community pledges 2.4 times their annual contribution we will meet our goal. This pledged amount can be paid over a period of time, even 5 years if needed, and we all know that there are some of us who will not be able to commit to that amount and others who will be able to do more. The important thing is to do something.
SO, here’s what to do now: consider your annual pledge. Multiply that amount by 2.4. That is a goal for your contribution to the capital campaign. Figure one half of that total and PLEDGE THAT AMOUNT NOW. The remainder will be your contribution for the next two phases of the campaign.
Make your pledge by going to the website, click on giving and then on capital campaign or you can click here. You can pay the full amount now or pay over a period of time. If you would like help arranging this or understanding the process, you can consult with Sue Bender Wilkinson, Paul Mastrodonato, Pam Collins or Mike Goodwin,.
Finally, Bev Lawson reminded us that a pledge to the capital campaign is not the same as your pledge to the annual Stewardship Drive. We will, of course, have to continue to meet our annual expenses even as we move forward with our plans for the future.
This is the beginning of an exciting time for our community. Please do your part to help make it a success. Everyone counts!
PLEDGE NOW!! WE WILL GET THERE, WITH YOUR HELP!