Advice for United Methodists (and Others) About Capital Campaigns: Fundraising in a Time of Church Division
The most compelling reasons that campaigns either succeed or fail are not external, but internal to the fundraising organizations themselves: does the organization have a compelling case for the campaign, does the organization have strong staff and volunteer leadership, does the organization have a history of achieving fundraising success (and, therefore, has committed, loyal donors). Further, is the organization prepared to bear the costs of launching a campaign. Of course, for United Methodist organizations and affiliated organizations, the issue of whether or not the UMC splits is arguably an internal, not external, condition.
Wherever United Methodist organizations are located, they need to ask: Do we have committed, loyal donors who will give to us no matter what happens with the UMC structure? If the answer is yes, great. If not, we might need to pause.