Large downtown parish expands non-traditional giving to manage care of its historical facility and the expenses of being the mother church of the Milwaukee Archdiocese

A McDonald Schaefer development assessment revealed parish members’ impressions of regular giving opportunities and explored their interests in different ways to participate. In addition, the study helped uncover options for outside funding for outreach ministries. With McDonald Schaefer’s help, a Development Committee was recruited, and major gift prospects for current and deferred giving began to be identified and cultivated. Customized appeals were created for affinity groups such as patrons of the music programs. In just one year, giving activity, funding sources and revenue increased.