The Planning PhaseThe first step in creating a columbarium for your church or cemetery is the formation of a committee. This group must decide on a variety of procedural and logistical factors. These items include:
- Maintenance and appearance standards
- Security considerations
- Policies and procedures for urn placements and inscriptions
- Columbarium location and visibility
- Possibilities for expansion
Once these decisions have been made, it is time to create a budget and begin fundraising. While this process may seem intimidating during a pandemic, we assure you that reaching your fundraising goals is entirely possible. In fact, raising funds during a pandemic may prove to be easier than you think.
People Are Generous
Generosity is not stifled by a crisis. In fact, history makes clear that challenging times cause many people to become more generous than usual. According to Giving USA 2020, 79% of polled donors plan to maintain or increase their annual giving in response to the pandemic. Similarly, during the 2008 recession, Graham-Pelton reports that while the S&P 500 dipped by 38%, national charitable giving only saw a 7% decrease.
Stay the Course
While recent events have changed many things about our world, generous people are still ready to support a good cause. As such, continue to reach out to your community to cast vision for your project. Continue to write letters and make phone calls seeking support. Continue to set goals. These tangible methods of fundraising help people feel connected to your goal and encourage them to give. As you cast the vision, people will rise to the occasion.
Holding a capital campaign during a pandemic is feasible. As you expose the need for a columbarium in your community, generous donors will rise up to support your endeavors. To request information about building a columbarium for your church or cemetery, call (910) 295-8328. We proudly build columbariums throughout the eastern half of the U.S., including North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and beyond.