Meredith Snyder

Meredith Snyder

Meredith Snyder has spent 7 years in ministry, project management, and marketing. In her position as Director of Outreach, she strives to provide high quality educational content to church administrators and pastors on growing their stewardship ministries. Meredith has a passion for building community and strengthening faith.

Recent Posts

3/19/19 7:02 AM

6 Hidden Costs of a DIY Church Capital Campaign

The sticker shock of professional church capital campaign consulting proposals can be paralyzing. Often times the church leaders' response is to move forward with a capital campaign without assistance - we call this the do-it-yourself, or DIY campaign. Self-run campaigns can be enticing on the surface because it seems that the church can save upwards of six figures on consulting fees. However, this thinking is short sighted and can cost the church greatly in multiple domains. Here we lay out the hidden costs of a DIY church capital campaign. 

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2/7/19 4:11 PM

You Need Volunteers in a Church Capital Campaign

We believe in involving everyone at your church in your capital campaign. While we'd love to take credit for the idea, we're just doing what the research tells us. Engagement is consistently highly correlated with life satisfaction, evangelistic communities, and participation in financial giving. Our previous success and the latest research has proven that our process-oriented strategy works. When organizing a church capital campaign our method to provide volunteer opportunities for everyone to get involved in the church’s mission. Read on to see how we do it.

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1/28/19 12:39 PM

Church Capital Campaign Communications 101

Just as important as the purpose of your capital campaign is the methodical communication your vision. This is one of the tasks in which you need to put on your business cap and start thinking about your project like a communications professional would. The key word: marketing.

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12/27/18 8:17 AM

4 Annual Catholic Stewardship Reports to Copy

One of our foundation principles in stewardship is communication. It's important in personal relationships, and it's important in a person's relationship with his or her church. Putting together an annual report can seem like a big tasks, but the outcomes and benefits of transparency make it worth your while. Here we share what we love about a few of our favorite recently published annual reports from some Catholic clients.

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11/27/18 8:46 AM

How to raise 10% of your income in a year-end appeal

Now that it’s the holidays, nonprofits are ramping up their solicitations for gifts. December is often when people are most generous—25% of philanthropic dollars are donated this month! Be proactive in inviting your community members to remember your church in their holiday and year-end donations. Read on to learn why so much money comes at the end of the year and how to structure your year-end appeal.

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11/12/18 7:13 PM

What this Parish Stewardship Director is Doing Right

We've collected lots of information and ideas about how to grow giving in parishes over the 25 years we've been doing this ministry. In this interview, Denis Greene speaks with his friend, Megan, Stewardship Director at Visitation Catholic Church in Kansas City, MO about her process for growing annual giving in the parish.

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10/31/18 12:21 PM

Church Capital Campaign Pledge Card Samples

As you are getting started with a church capital campaign, it may seem like a simple task to create a pledge card, but there are many considerations and variations with the information you collect and the language of invitation to include that make a difference in your giving results. Here are some samples that we are proud of and some reasons why we chose to craft the pledge cards as they are. 

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10/9/18 11:07 AM

Do We Really Need a Separate Stewardship Committee?

"Can't my finance committee serve both purposes?" That’s a very good question, given that fewer than 20% of churches/parishes have a committee dedicated to stewardship ministry. Here are some tips for why a separate committee is necessary and how to make the best use of your committee's time.

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7/31/18 8:19 AM

8 Major Benefits of a Feasibility Study

A pre-campaign feasibility study offers church leaders a deep understanding of church members and helps facilitate successful capital campaigns. In addition to measuring the likely levels of financial commitments, a properly conducted feasibility study discovers the congregation’s level of support for the church and its ministries, the pastoral and volunteer leadership, and the proposed fundraising effort.

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7/12/18 10:01 AM

20 Church Capital Campaign Slogans List & Logos

Communication is a huge part of running a successful church capital campaign. You may have the most beautiful mission and vision for your parish, but if no one knows what that vision is, you'll fall flat on your face trying to raise funds to support it. In our church capital campaign communication guide, we lay out a branding plan that aims to educate the community on the value of the campaign - developing a theme, slogan and logo is a part of that process. Here are 20 slogans and their logos that our clients have created to inspire and communicate what they were hoping to accomplish with their capital campaign building projects. I hope what you find below gets your creative juices pumping!

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7/6/18 12:00 PM

4 Steps When Getting Started with a Church Capital Campaign

We do capital campaigns, but those represent only one aspect of successful church strategic planning. There is a whole process to growing your church and getting ready for a big fundraising project. We advocate embracing these 4 strategies when getting started with a church capital campaign.

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6/20/18 5:17 PM

Why You Need 6 Months to Plan An Annual Campaign

We published our new annual campaign kit, Hope Grows Here, last month and we got a few funny looks. Most churches do an annual campaign in the fall, and so it seemed early to be posting materials. But it's not! A well-run, thoughtful campaign will take you 5-6 months at a steady pace (or at least 3 if you're sprinting).

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6/14/18 4:06 PM

7 Tips for Hiring A Church Capital Campaign Consultant

After praying, developing a long-range plan, defining the vision, securing a financial forecast and a master plan, and completing a feasibility study, your church is now ready for a capital campaign. You've looked at how much work it's going to take and agreed you need to bring in a professional for this one. Now the question is, "Who should we hire?"

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