However this one is a little different as its the diocese we are raising money for this time. The church I go to belongs to the Diocese of Toronto and covers a huge area encompassing 26,000 square kilometres. The diocese want to raise $50 million over a period of 5 years for various projects. Each parish church is asked to try and raise a certain amount depending on how big their congregation is. The church I belong to has been asked to raise $65,000, the other church in our parish is being asked to raise $25,000. As you may have guessed we have a very small congregation.
The thing that is different about this though, is we are only asking each parishioner to donate and are not asking anyone outside of the church to donate. Now when I first heard about this I thought it was a stupid idea and why should we give the diocese more money, but if we raise our $65,000 we get 40% of those funds back to do things in our parish. If we raise over $65,000 we get 75% of those funds back.
Where do I fit into this, well I refused point blank to go visiting the parishioner's to ask for money, so I am co-ordinating the volunteers who will visit the parishioner's. Despite being brought up not being encouraged to give to the church we will personally be making a monthly donation for the next five years as what they want to do with the money if we raise our goal is very worthy, including many renovations to both churches that are well overdue and also giving some of the money to some local causes.
This fund raising is completely separate to any other fundraising we do for the churches and is completely voluntary, and is above and beyond what we would normally give to the church. We technically start fundraising as of yesterday, but already we have reached 38% of our goal for the church I attend, St. Luke's and I think around 10% for the other church St. David's. The campaign is technically only being held for 5 weeks, but will probably go until the end of August.
What are your thoughts on fundraising for the church? As I said before giving to the church is something that doesn't come easy for us, as we weren't brought up to give to the church.