FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What did the planning study help determine? How did it help shape the campaign and the current plans for the church and school?
The planning study provided valuable feedback concerning parishioner priorities concerning all of the projects included in the master plan. It also gauged the amount of support for a capital campaign as well as a forecast of the amount of funds we could raise. This information helped the Facilities Planning Committee in consultation with parish leadership to determine which projects of the master plan should be addressed first.
Why aren’t we adding air conditioning to the school?
Installing air conditioning in the school is a costly undertaking. With a limited budget and the short amount of time that air conditioning would be used (2 weeks in the fall and 2-3 weeks in the spring) it was felt that this money should be spent on other projects with a higher priority. Upgrading the electrical service to the school is an important first step that must be completed before we could even consider installing air conditioning.
What are the current amps available at the school versus what is actually needed at the school?
Typically a building this size would need in the range of 600-800 amp three phase service. The school currently has a 300 amp single phase electrical service.
Why do we need to move the band and music rooms to the main school building?
Walking to another building for fine arts instruction, exposes the school children to inclement weather and causes them to lose valuable class time (approximately 31 hours a year).
Do enrollment predictions for the school justify the addition to the school?
The purpose of the addition to the building is not to create extra classrooms, but to bring our fine arts classes under the same roof as the K-8 homerooms to provide more instructional time, improved safety and appropriate classrooms for the subjects being taught. St. Paul’s will not become a three section school K-8. The plan is to maintain two sections per grade.
Why is the altar being moved?
The existing altar platform is inefficient and its arrangement does not allow for accessibility. The revised shape will be sized proportionate to the worship space, allowing for improved accessibility as well as providing needed space for reservation of the Eucharist.
What will happen to the existing tabernacle and baptismal font?
Where possible, an effort will be made to reuse existing materials from the current tabernacle and baptismal font when creating the new tabernacle and baptismal font.
How will the new baptismal font be kept clean? Will the noise from the font be a distraction from Mass?
The living water of a baptismal font can be achieved with minimal to no noise. Font water is kept clean by use of water treatment chemical and circulation.
Will the renovation of the church include handicap accessible restrooms?
We are exploring the possibility of creating a handicapped accessible bathroom near the elevator in part of the McEleney kitchen. There are ADA compliant restrooms located outside Denning Hall.
What is Denning Hall used for? Can I use the hall for a wedding reception or a special event?
Denning Hall is constantly being used for a variety of parish and school events such as Bible Studies, meetings, funeral luncheons, before care and after care for school children, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Knights of Columbus, Altar & Rosary and Home & School. Denning Hall may also be used by parishioners for social events connected to a sacrament. The current policy for Denning Hall use is under review by parish leadership and will be publicized as soon as it is completed.
I’ve noticed there are repairs being done to the roof and tuckpointing at Denning Hall. How are we paying for the roof repairs and tuckpointing?
The parish and school budgets include money allocated for building maintenance and repair. These projects are part of ongoing efforts to maintain our facilities. Some of the work on the roof is being funded by our insurance because there was storm damage to the shingles.
How were the amounts determined for each project?
The cost amounts for each project are based on architectural estimates used for budgeting purposes. The overall construction budget will be determined after the results of the capital campaign are received. The final project will be designed based upon the campaign funds and sent out for bid to the contracting community. The contractor bidding will provide us with the actual cost for construction for our projects.
The planning study fact sheet included plans to purchase Rusholme St. Is this still part of the parish’s long-term plan? This is still part of the campus master plan. We are exploring this possibility with the City of Davenport Planning Department, Public Works and the City Council.
The parish recently received a generous estate gift. What were the funds from the estate gift used for?
This money was set aside for a rainy day fund and is currently in an investment account.
Will the parish go into debt to complete these projects if we do not reach our goal?
No. The Diocese of Davenport requires that we have 60% of the full project cost cash in hand and 100% of the full project cost pledged before we can begin any construction.
Where will the funds raised be held until we are able to move forward with the projects?
The parish has a restricted account at the bank where we will set aside this money until it is needed.
If we have enough cash on hand to begin some of the projects will we begin them or do we have to wait until we reach one of the goals?
All of the work illustrated in the proposed plans is considered to be completed as a single project. The Diocese will view the expenditure of funds as a single project. We will not be able to begin moving forward with bidding and construction until we receive 60% of the pledged amount in payment. The church is allowed to leverage investment and savings account funds against the pledged fund amount in order to reach the 60% goal sooner.
For the purpose of construction, the most cost effective approach is to compile as much work into a single project as possible. For the projects at St. Paul’s we would consider the church and school projects as one or two lump sum projects.
If we don’t reach our Victory Goal of $4.6 million how we will determine which projects to complete?
We plan to do the work as described at each goal level. If the amount of money raised is between goal levels, the Facilities Planning Committee will re-evaluate the designs based on what makes the most sense based on the funds available, parish priorities and construction requirements.
How will the campaign help further our mission in Haiti?
We are excited that we have begun to develop a relationship with St. Francis parish in Haiti and are in communication about how we both can help and learn from one another spiritually, financially, and share our various gifts with one another. We continue to be a parish guided by our values of giving generously and acting for the Kingdom!
How were suggested pledge amounts established?
Suggested pledge amounts were established using a formula based on annual giving over the past three years to the parish, pledges to the Annual Diocesan Appeal and amounts reported during the campaign planning study. We truly need “sacrificial gifts” from the majority of our parishioners if we hope to reach our Victory Goal to address our many pressing needs. This is a grass-roots effort, so we are asking every parishioner to stretch, and hoping for full parishioner involvement.
Why emphasize pledges?
Pledges allow donors to consider giving more than is possible through “one-time” gifts. Any commitment is easier to make if we know we can do it over time. We buy homes and cars and make so many other commitments this way. Pledge-type giving allows us to truly consider doing our best.
Why is each donor asked to complete a pledge form?
A donor is asked to complete a pledge form so that the gift may be appropriately recorded and acknowledged by St. Paul. Donors are asked to sign a pledge card to indicate that they have agreed to the terms of the gift indicated on the card.
Is my pledge legally binding? Will it be confidential?
No, a pledge is a gift, one you consider to be meaningful to you. All we ask is that you do your best and advise us of any financial changes that will impact your pledge. All pledges will be kept as confidential as possible. Only the people responsible for maintaining the records will have access to your pledge.
When would the parish like payments to begin?
We encourage supporters to consider at least a 10 percent down payment with their pledge to provide help now, and then begin making their payments within three months of their pledge. Bottom line, though, it’s up to the donor.
Can I be flexible with payments?
Yes. Some people may need to delay the start of their pledge by a month or two. There is flexibility in the payment of the pledge, i.e. weekly, monthly or annually. Options are indicated on the pledge card and should be clearly marked by the donor.
If a donor wants his/her pledge automatically withdrawn from a savings or a checking account, is that possible?
Yes. Donors choosing this option can follow the instructions on the pledge card.
If a donor wants his/her pledge paid with a credit card, is that possible?
Yes. Donors choosing this option can follow the instructions on the pledge card. The campaign will accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Please note that the church is charged 3.25-3.75% for every credit card charge.
Is my campaign gift tax deductible?
Gifts to the campaign are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Donors with specific questions regarding tax deductibility should contact their financial advisor.
What happens if I am unable to fulfill my pledge?
Pledging is only an estimate of giving. Sometimes situations may prevent a person from honoring their full pledge, while other events may allow a person to increase their pledge. If you need to modify your pledge, contact the Parish Office.
How do I know if the company I work for will match my gift?
The best way to know for sure is to contact your Human Resources department. They will be able to tell you if the company matches gifts, if there are any restrictions to religious organizations and what information you will need in order for them to match your campaign contribution.
What are some local companies that match gifts?
Here’s a list of local companies that have matched gifts in the past: Wells Fargo, Honeywell Deluxe, Progressive, US Bank, Thomson Reutters, American Express, Land-o-Lakes, Meritex, Ameriprise, Agribank, IBM (including retirees), New York Life (including retirees), GlaxoSmithKlein, Pfizer and Bank of America.
Why did we hire a consultant to help us with the campaign?
The decision to hire a consultant to help us with a capital campaign was made because our staff does not have the time to dedicate to fully running a campaign. We chose to hire The Steier Group, a company based in Omaha, Nebraska that specializes in working with Catholic parishes and schools across the country, because their model for successful fundraising is hands-on project management. From day one, our organization has benefited from a campaign manager providing weekly on-site service for the duration of our fundraising effort. In addition to a full-time campaign manager we also receive feedback from the entire management team, have a dedicated graphic designer and grant writer.
For the Glorifying God in Gratitude and Gift campaign, what percentage of the funds raised does the Steier Group receive?
The Steier Group is paid a flat fee, agreed upon by parish leadership and the Steier Group. The fee is not a percentage of funds raised, rather a fee for services provided from June to November 2016. The fee is $105,000 plus travel and lodging expenses which are estimated at $15,000. In addition the parish will pay for the printing of all campaign materials.