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Recapping: September’s – Capital Campaign Weekly Q&A
What have we learned from September’s weekly Questions & Answers
#5 Q:What things are we campaigning for? Is this limited to building needs?
A: In many ways this depends on congregation decisions. There is no skirting the fact there are several major building repairs needed. BUT, the campaign dream is to incorporate diverse new initiatives to move UUCV toward the future. The critical role of cottage meetings is for the congregation to give voice to these initiatives.
#6 Q:Who creates the three project packages?
A: The six person Project Planning Team is tasked with forming 3 packages which address needed building restoration and new initiatives. The building list was established by a collaborative effort of the B&G Chairs and Board members. New initiatives (programs, staff, and enhancements) are determined by congregational input during the cottage meetings. The Project Planning Team will work in consultation with various professionals, the CC Steering Committee and the Board.
#7 Q:How can we make our building more accessible to everyone?
A: Cottage meetings raised the idea of not just meeting ADA “compliant” standards, but going a step farther to be ADA “welcoming”. This idea would alter how we tackle the initiative. Some projects being researched include: a wheelchair accessible main entrance, reconfigured bathrooms, and social hall entrance steps that accommodate walker assistance. A bigger dream and price point – Imagine a more welcoming, wide-open lobby for enhanced mobility and new comer activities.
#8 Q:How do we balance the annual budget drive and a capital campaign?
A: This is a question with diverse answers. UUCV needs to maintain the current annual budget to meet expenses. Thus, personally, we cannot reduce our annual budget commitment. A capital campaign pledge, where giving can be spread over 3 years, is an opportunity for creative giving. Options might include: annual interest from an investment, lump amount from a matured CD, part of an inheritance, bonus check, sale of an unneeded camper or car, lottery payout, taking a less expensive vacation, etc. We will each need to explore possibilities.
#9 Q:What are the priorities for using capital campaign funds?
A: Building priorities will be based on: safety & security, “welcoming” access, energy efficiency and reduced maintenance expense. For example, repaving the parking lot is a safety issue and replacement windows address energy efficiency and security. Additional priorities are decided by congregation Visioning input. Tabulations are in progress, but priorities surfacing include: community outreach, congregation growth (especially young families) and expanded staffing. Once completed, the Visioning priority data will be shared with the congregation.
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