2018 Capital Appeal
Why are we doing a capital appeal and why now?
It has been 10 years since we have engaged in a capital appeal and now is the
time to address the deferred maintenance that is expected of an 80-year-old
home. With its mission of ministry and service to others, Christ King Parish is a pillar
of Wauwatosa and the greater Milwaukee area. Only by addressing the needs of
our parish campus are we able to effectively continue and enhance this mission of
service and ministry.
Will the Christ King community support a capital appeal at this time?
In 2017, Christ King leadership engaged an outside consultant, VisionWorks
Fundraising, to assess potential support for a capital appeal. After interviewing
a multitude of parishioners and holding open focus group meetings last fall, the
study revealed that 4 out of every 5 adult parishioners surveyed support moving
forward with a capital appeal at this time. The overwhelming support is rare in a
feasibility study and represents a broad consensus amongst our community. It also
reflects your love and support of the parish as a whole, and your commitment to
maintain and enhance our beautiful church, school and other places of worship
How do we prioritize projects within each goal category?
Each project was carefully assessed by parish leadership, appeal leadership and a desire to include
a diverse range of projects in each category. The projects will be completed based on funds
available and factors such as need (e.g. the church air conditioner may fail very soon and require
an immediate replacement).
How do we determine a budget for each project in the capital appeal?
Planning for these projects has happened very slowly so as to exercise transparency and due
diligence. This is important for parish leadership and is central to the appeal. Significant leg work will
be done by parish staff and the Buildings and Grounds Committee on the projects included. Experts
from both within and outside of the parish will be consulted to ensure proper planning and that
estimates are as accurate as reasonably possible.
Do we intend to take on debt to complete these projects?
With your support, we do not intend to take on additional debt for these projects. Instead, projects will
be completed in a fiscally prudent manner so as to maintain and improve the parish’s financial stability.
How will funds be allocated?
100 percent of all funds will be restricted for the projects identified in this appeal.
How will we donate to the capital appeal?
Successful and rewarding capital appeals have a strong stewardship aspect to them. In our case,
we have combined the appeal and our annual stewardship renewal to make them both stronger.
The appeal gift is an additional, sacrificial gift to ensure the long-term health of the parish, in
recognition of those sacrificial gifts others gave for our benefit. The capital appeal pledge cards will
include both appeal and the yearly stewardship commitments to minimize any confusion. We hope
to complete the appeal fulfillment period in three years or less.
Can we meet our goals?
Absolutely. Christ King Parish and School is strong, growing and delivers many forms of ministries to
support our parishioners and community. We will continue to grow stronger and healthier through
prudent and responsible investment in the spaces that every one of us uses. The generations before
us helped build the beauty that we see before us today; such beauty raises hearts to God and
draws in parishioners and visitors to contemplate the many other gifts the Church possesses. It is our
turn to evangelize, by ensuring this beauty and this mission is healthy for generations after us.