Capital Campaign Case Study ~ Billings Christian School
With rapidly increasing enrollment, Billings Christian School needed to expand their facilities to keep up with the growth. To begin this process, the BCS Education Foundation Board and members of the school Board and administration conducted a “mini-campaign” that quietly raised $640,000 for the completion of two classrooms, a Home Economics classroom/kitchen combination, a science laboratory, rest rooms and a fire sprinkler system. The school also badly needed a gymnasium, but that dream was carried forward to a future phase due to lack of funding.
To determine just how much was needed for plans for the gymnasium to become reality, the school hired an architect to give them an estimate of the cost and create renderings that could be used in a fund-raising program.
The next step was to engage Dickerson, Bakker & Associates to conduct an independent feasibility study among the school’s constituency. The results of the study indicated support for the construction of a gymnasium was very high, but the financial support was border line depending on the “bells and whistles” in the gymnasium.
Dickerson, Bakker & Associates provided a preliminary plan as to how the funding goal could be achieved. The school leadership reviewed the proposal and agreed to partner with the firm to conduct a capital campaign. With this, another giant step was taken toward future growth and expanding the school’s academic and extra-curricular programs.
DB&A’s consultant pointed out that people needed to understand that the school leadership was involved financially in the project and was not simply asking others to do something that they had not done.
So, an important first step of the campaign was to let people know that the school administration, the school board and the school’s foundation board members had provided the $640,000 that provided for the previous construction of classrooms within the church building.
The consultant felt it was important for people to understand that the school leadership was once again stepping up with commitments to this new phase of school expansion and now were calling on all friends of Billings Christian School to join them to provide the needed funding for the gymnasium.
The campaign plan called for Advance Gift Prospects (leadership/major gifts) to be cultivated and solicited face to face to acquire as least 60% of the financial goal of $1.9 million. Board members volunteered to undertake these meetings and after being trained by the Dickerson, Bakker & Associates consultant, they began seeking meetings and requesting people to invest in the lives of the children in the Billings community. In addition, programs for the faculty& staff, parents, grandparents, former parents, alumni and community friends were initiated.
A major Montana foundation also became involved and its gift toward the end of the campaign put the goal over the top. Today, the gymnasium is in full use and the storage area and classrooms have added to the school’s ability to expand it programing and enrollment.
- Successfully completed Billings Christian School's first-ever capital campaign
- Raised 100% of the $1.9 million needed to achieve the vision for the campaign
- Completed construction of a new 10,000 sq ft gymnasium on time for beginning of the school year
- Resulting expansion will also serve as a multi-functional "centerpiece" of the campus, for events like plays, concerts, science fairs
- Sufficient funds were raised to also add new locker rooms and two classrooms