Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish Pre-Campaign Feasibility Study

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a feasibility study?

A feasibility study is a thorough and detailed assessment of a parish community’s willingness and capacity to move forward with a capital fundraising endeavor.

  1. Why do we need a feasibility study?

The Diocese of Camden requires any parish that wishes to have a capital campaign to raise funds for major capital improvements to conduct a feasibility study to determine if parishioners are willing and able to support it.

  1. What types of questions are asked?

Ultimately, the feasibility study tells us who we are as a parish.  Topics will include the strengths and weaknesses of the parish and its leadership, receptivity toward the proposed projects, willingness to make a pledge commitment and willingness to volunteer for the campaign.

  1. Who participates in the feasibility study?

EVERY parish family will be given a chance to participate.  Some families will be asked to participate in one-on-one interviews/conversations, some will be asked to participate in focus groups and ALL families will be asked  complete a brief in-pew survey during each mass on the weekend of January 28/29.

  1. Why are some families asked to interview or participate in a focus group?

Families that have been parishioners for a long period of time, who reflect the wide demographic of our parish, or who are involved in ministries are asked to interview or participate in focus groups because they are generally able to provide thorough and detailed information about parish history, current parish issues, and are usually able to properly evaluate necessary leadership potential in a capital campaign.

  1. Who is conducting the feasibility study?

Ruotolo Associates, a philanthropic consulting firm based in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, with extensive experience    working with Catholic organizations in the Diocese of Camden, has been retained to conduct the study.  They, along with four other firms submitted proposals that were evaluated by our Parish Council.  It was determined that  Ruotolo Associates’ methodology best matched the needs of our parish at this time.

  1. How long will the feasibility study take and will we see the results?

The feasibility study will be conducted in January and February.  After the final report is presented, we will publish the results in the bulletin.