Making the case for giving requires your members to examine their hearts both collectively and individually. God has given you a vision and the resources to achieve your vision. Through a great deal of listening and tailoring, Cargill Associates will custom-craft a unique program to fit your church and help create a compelling vision for support. Our programs have helped raise funds for various projects such as new construction, existing facility renovations, operating funds, endowments and debt retirement.
Our workshop looks beyond the walls of the church, examining the demographics of your community and trends in church ministry as well as current and future facility needs within the context of your church's unique calling. The goal of the workshop is to build a consensus within the church and set the stage for a successful capital campaign that is supported by all the members both emotionally and financially.
Our study is designed to inform your people about the church's plan and to determine if any concerns might surround the plan. In a confidential setting, your people are given an opportunity to offer guidance and counsel through personal interviews and a church-wide questionnaire. The study will provide valuable information about a household's willingness to give, determine the total financial potential for the church-body and help set realistic goals and objectives for the plan.
Our campaign is designed to lead your people to experience Biblical stewardship and generosity as a spiritual pilgrimage, a God-led adventure and a journey of discovery. By giving the church-body time to transition from verbal acceptance of the proposed plan to a heart commitment to support it financially, the campaign is, ultimately, more successful. People will support what they help create. Our follow-up services provide an ongoing commitment to help churches achieve their objectives during the three-year giving period of a campaign.
Our annual campaign is designed to raise the standard of giving by increasing tithes and offerings for the ongoing mission and ministry needs of the church. We will cultivate and challenge your people to prayerfully consider increasing their annual giving. This can be a stand-alone program or be in conjunction with a capital campaign.
“Cargill Associates provided us with critical information based on their knowledge and expertise in fundraising which put our College on the path of excellence in the area of Institutional Advancement. The beneficiaries – our students, employees and community – will be ever grateful to the Cargill professionals for the leadership they provided.”
“If you want to raise money, hire Cargill.”
“Cargill Associates was a great blessing as a partner for our capital campaign! Everything our consultant provided for us was professional and also spiritually based. Our congregation grew in faith and also raised the funds we needed to complete a $1 million dollar building addition.”
“Cargill Associates provided valuable assistance for the first campaign in our university’s history, which secured more than $61 million for a $50 million goal. Counsel was with us every step of the way. In addition to funding critical priorities, that campaign positioned Sam Houston to attain even greater fundraising success. Cargill gave us the confidence and support to make it happen.”
“The depth and scope of Cargill’s Survey afforded us a realistic view of the interest, understanding, awareness and financial commitment of our potential leaders and community. It gave us a clear view of the perceptions, misperceptions and obstacles that we would face in our campaign so that we might prepare to address them with our meetings and mailings. From the information garnered through the Pre-Campaign Survey, Cargill tailored a comprehensive “friend” raising and fundraising campaign to meet the unique personality of our college and community. We surpassed campaign goals that quadrupled the largest campaign in the school’s history. I truly believe the “friend” raising was as beneficial as the fundraising. Our partnership with Cargill was key in the campaign’s success. When the time comes to do this again, we will call Cargill Associates.”
“I can easily and willingly vouch for the effectiveness of Cargill. They actually listen to their clients, shaping the Cargill program to fit individual needs. I’ve never known anyone with Cargill to betray a confidence, which is an important consideration for all of us who are directly engaged with cultivating and soliciting donors. In addition, they don’t allow their attention to drift to everything in a development office except fundraising.”
“In 2011, Oklahoma Baptist University launched a five-year, $42 million, Vision for a New Century Capital Campaign - its largest in history - to significantly impact every area of the University. Across the board administrative changes and more than a decade since the last campaign demanded a strategic and focused effort. From the feasibility study, to case stating, to development training, Cargill Associates' campaign consulting positioned us for success and enabled us to surpass the campaign goal with more than a year to spare. Without a doubt, Cargill's partnership mattered.”
“Oklahoma Baptist University has benefited significantly from our relationship with Cargill Associates. The Cargill approach works.”
“It's been our great joy to work closely with Cargill Associates on three major Capital Campaigns. All three - Give a Child a Chance, Light Their Way, and Sharing Hope...Changing Lives - far exceeded their goals. Paul Blevins, our consultant on all three campaigns, is illustrative of the top-notch staff at Cargill. Cargill communicates frequently, coaches both staff members and volunteers, and strives with great success to understand the mission and culture of any organization they serve. If we ever do a fourth Capital Campaign, it goes without saying that we will once again turn to Cargill Associates.”
"We at First Christian Church have just completed our main portion of the Capital Campaign which was ably assisted by Cargill Associates. Our consultant made the experience an exciting and rewarding one. He led us every step of the way to success, making all of us feel good about our efforts, our church, our stewardship and our faith. We had set our goal at $600,000 and are at $800,000 with more still coming in. Our congregation is now energized in many ways above and beyond just repairing our 100-year old building.”
“I have worked closely with Cargill Associates on a couple of recent projects. They have a strategic focus, work with extreme integrity, and have successfully accomplished the goals of each project with high professionalism. You know what you are getting when you work with the Cargill team.”
“The staff at Cargill Associates provided valuable guidance during critical periods of planning and implementing our institution's major campaign. Much of the great success of our campaign can be attributed to the solid foundation that Cargill Associates helped us establish early on in the campaign.”
"Cargill did a terrific job for Hillside and I was proud of our partnership with them."
"Ministry has been in full swing since we rejoiced over moving into our new building and community. Attendance is up over 40% in three months and giving is starting to reflect the fact that new members are catching the vision. We received over 112% of our pledge during our Cargill-led campaign, and we've received over another $15,000 in the six months since our campaign ended."
“Cargill Associates provided the professional expertise our organization needed to launch our first major gifts campaign. We have found their team to be personable, competent, organized and knowledgeable in guiding us through the campaign process. The Cargill staff were prompt in responding to our questions, easily accessible, and genuinely interested in our mission and ministry to children with special learning needs. I am pleased that we chose Cargill for professional counsel in our fundraising efforts.”
“Cargill Associates has been a partner with Hardin-Simmons University in the planning and implementation of several capital campaigns. During these campaigns millions of dollars have been raised, buildings constructed, main campus renovations completed, endowments grown and scholarships established that may not otherwise have been possible. I am pleased to recommend Cargill Associates for your consideration.”
“We were facing tough economic times and had an overcommitted staff. Cargill Associates provided valuable counsel in utilizing volunteers, in broadening our donor base, and in launching the most ambitious campaign in our 64 year history. With increased confidence and skills, our advancement team is now positioned to create significant growth into the future. Cargill Associates delivers accountability, advice, structure, experience, and team work.”
“By working with Cargill Associates, we were able to successfully run an $18 million campaign from start to finish. Our Trustees valued the structure and strategy that our consultants brought to the process. Thorough pre-campaign interviews, goal setting and timeline review, Cargill Associates helped us develop the confidence that we needed to start our campaign strong and surpass our goal. Our consultants were with us every step of the way. Calls, visits and reports kept us on plan, even during the most hectic times in our academic calendar. We are truly blessed to have Cargill Associates as our campaign partners.”
“During my 22-year career in higher education Development, I have worked as Campaign Director with Cargill Associates on three separate capital campaigns at three different institutions; Nunez Community College, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Nicholls State University. From the pre-campaign survey to the recruitment of leadership volunteers and the implantation of each campaign, Cargill provided the needed support and guidance that insured success. All three institutions exceeded the challenge goals established for their respective campaigns. I highly recommend Cargill and its team of professionals to any institution considering a capital campaign. It will be a decision and investment that you won’t regret!”