Capital Campaigns

Whether your church is looking to raise funds for a major building project or just put on a new roof, the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation (WUMF) can assist you.  The goal of the Capital Campaign Service of WUMF is to provide any Wisconsin United Methodist congregation with a successful, positive, faith-centered campaign at minimum cost. We provide a proven process which is customized to your church’s situation.

We will come to you to meet with your Building / Finance / Trustees / Council to explain our process.  A recent study has shown that churches using professional help and on-site consulting will raise up to 70% more on average. Click the link at the bottom of the page for more information.

A Capital Campaign utilizes intensive Foundation guidance to raise as much money as possible.  This kind of extraordinary fundraising is used for projects over and above the annual operating budget, including:

  • New church construction
  • Remodeling, such as adding an elevator, entryways and handicap accessible restrooms, renovation of sanctuary, or addition of fellowship hall or classrooms
  • Creating a fund for building maintenance
  • Start-up for new missions and ministries
  • Debt elimination or reduction

Gifts are typically in pledges of 3 to 5 years in addition to upfront gifts.  The general expectation for a Capital Campaign is to raise about two times the church’s annual operating budget.

Our approach consists of two phases:  the PRE-CAMPAIGN STUDYto assess readiness for a capital campaign, and the INTENSIVE PHASE of the Capital Campaign that covers communication, asking and pledging.  Schedule your PRE-CAMPAIGN STUDY today.

Click on the links below for printable information on these topics related to WUMF Capital Campaign Services:

Call Jim Wells, Capital Campaign Coordinator, at the Foundation at 888-903-9863 or email him at for more information or to set up a meeting with your planning, building or finance committee.