A Campaign for Christ Church, Frederica
Building for the Future: Why we need to build
This campaign is the first step in addressing the challenges we face with regard to our spaces and grounds: Increased traffic has meant it is more dangerous to park and walk to Christ Church; Our Sunday School offerings for kids and adults have outgrown our classrooms in number and size; Programs like Backpack Buddies don’t have adequate storage for the ministry we’re called to engage.
One Campaign in Three Parts
There are three components to the campaign: the 2020 Annual Campaign, a Capital Campaign, and the launch of the Dodge Society for Legacy gifts. All three enable the health and vitality of Christ Church and the fulfillment of our mission now, and for future generations. Each is a component of whole-life stewardship that responds faithfully to God’s call.
ANNUAL GIVING Annual giving invites gifts to fund the day-to-day mission and ministry of Christ Church. Funds support parish life, from administrative costs to Sunday School. We have history of increasing our annual giving as our ministry has expanded. It is vital that we do so again during this capital expansion so that our ministries continue to thrive.
CAPITAL GIVING When parish churches must expand their facilities to meet current needs and plan for the future, funding such projects is not done through annual giving. Capital campaigns invite additional gifts to help make such occasional expansions possible. Capital campaigns can also be used to grow endowments, buy property, or renovate older spaces. If we think of annual campaigns as the giving that helps churches “go,” capital giving is what lets us “grow.” Capital campaign giving is extraordinary giving and typically involves accessing funds beyond a person’s normal cash flow.
LEGACY GIVING Legacy giving is often our final act of stewardship. Such gifts are often conveyed through estate planning, wills, or other instruments at the end of our lives. Legacy gifts are the most selfless form of giving as we will not be around to enjoy the fruits of such gifts. Instead, we are helping ensure that the churches and institutions we love can fulfill their missions long after we are gone. Legacy gifts can be unrestricted or designated for specific purposes. The Dodge Society has been created to receive and recognize legacy gifts at Christ Church.
Campaign Financial Summary
CAPITAL GIVING– The purpose of the capital campaign is to raise an additional $6 million, total over five years, to make Vestry-recommended $7.2 million-worth of physical improvements to the church campus. The Vestry has identified a number of options to retire the $1.2 million remaining after a successful capital campaign.
$ 450,000 Frederica Road Shift
$ 4,270,000 Construction and Renovation
- Parish House Renovation and New Admin Building
- Sitework at CCF including Parking
- Furnishings, Fixtures, Equipment
- Owner’s Contingency and Builder Risk
$ 1,500,000 Professional Fees
- Design and Construction ($1.4m)
- Fundraising Counsel
$ 7,200,000 TOTAL
LEGACY GIVING – The purpose of the Legacy Gift component is to identify and raise money for Christ Church, Frederica’s endowment.
The Dodge Society
We are inaugurating a legacy giving program at Christ Church named the Dodge Society. The Rev. Anson Dodge shared a vision with his first wife, Ellen Dodge, and a mission with his second wife, Anna Gould Dodge. Together, their shared vision for a church and its mission has provided a lasting legacy. Building and endowing churches like ours serves as a fitting example that all of us can strive to follow.
Anson likely learned about such stewardship through the example of his great-grandfather, Anson Green Phelps. The elder Anson left a sum of money to his grandchildren so that they could, “spread the gospel, and…promote the Redeemer’s kingdom on earth,” in the hope that his descendants would receive the gift as a “sacred deposit” with which they could be “faithful stewards…devoted to the same object.” Each of us is given the same opportunity to convey our blessings to future generations for the spread of God’s kingdom.
Anyone who communicates that he or she has made a legacy gift to Christ Church will become a member of the Dodge Society. Legacy gift pledges recorded before the end of 2021 will constitute founding members of the society and will always be recognized as such. The Dodge Society will offer periodic special events for members and recognition of members in perpetuity.
- WHO INITIATED AND PLANNED THIS CAMPAIGN?
- WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CAMPAIGN?
- WHO WILL BE ASKED TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN?
- HOW LONG IS THE PLEDGE PERIOD?
- MAY I MAKE A CONTRIBUTION OTHER THAN CASH?
- HOW MUCH SHOULD I PLEDGE TO THE CAMPAIGN?
- MAY I MAKE A GIFT TO HONOR SOMEONE?
- WILL CHRIST CHURCH CONTINUE TO SOLICIT ANNUAL GIFTS TO SUPPORT THE OPERATIONS OF THE PARISH?
- WILL I BE NOTIFIED WHEN THE PAYMENTS ON MY PLEDGE ARE DUE?
Campaign Leadership Team
The Reverend Tom Purdy
Wallace Harrell - 2020
Alice Barlow - 2020
David Blatchford - 2022
Kelly Galland - 2020
Rip Graham - 2021
Chris Jordan - 2022
John Killgallon - 2020
Ellen Kuehm - 2021
Bascom Murrah - 2022
Tisa O’Cain - 2021
Christine Plank - 2022
Julianne Temple - 2021
Bonney Shuman / Treasurer
Mary Helen Moses / Secretary
Sinclair, Townes & Company
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