On the Move
Last month our crew took a quick trip to Muscatine, Iowa. It’s nice this time of year, but we didn’t go for the Muscatine Island Produce Market. We packed up a pipe organ that will have a new home at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. We love to do this type of work, and we do it well. It’s not an easy job to dismantle, pack, and load a tracker organ, getting every little piece safely to its destination. We did it, and even finished the project ahead of schedule. Once Clark Architects Collaborative in Lincoln, Nebraska gets the building done, the next phase of the “transplant” can take place. We’re happy to see another existing instrument find a new home. It’s satisfying to play a role in the process.
It Takes a Village
You have a big project and you need to fund it. Before you start clicking around on Kickstarter, look over some of these tips from APOBA (The Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America). Start by gathering the dedicated group of people who will get others excited about your campaign. This Organ Fundraising Committee needs a strong leader or Chairperson who knows something about the instrument and potential donors. The Chairperson leads by example, often giving the first gift of the campaign.
The committee members should represent the community. They should be young, old, male, female, single, married, musician, business professional. You might guess it’s best to put the organist in charge of the committee, but sometimes that makes people think the organist has an agenda. Ironically, that can interfere with fund raising. Committee members need work well together. They are going to shape the campaign. Some churches hire companies to raise money, others do it on their own. Each congregation also needs to assess how much money they need to complete the project, what role the clergy will play in fundraising, and determine a timeline.
Many congregations solicit funds outside of the church. For example, First United Methodist in Salt Lake City developed a media campaign to draw attention to the historic significance of their 1906 Kilgen. They are closing in on their $100,000.00 dollar goal, having raised nearly $88,000.00 since December. The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew in Willmington, Delaware has focused on their homeless ministries. Consider what your project offers the larger community. Let that larger community know. Always thank them for their support.