In April of this year, the Diocese of Juneau partnered with The Steier Group to conduct a planning study to determine the level of support for a future diocesan capital campaign. Unlike the Faith in Action appeal which provides unrestricted funds for general diocesan operations, the goal of this campaign would be to raise funds restricted to specific projects. The projects identified were the renovation of the Cathedral of the Nativity, establishing a seminarian fund, closing the priest retirement gap, and establishing a fund for Catholic education. The campaign would also include a sharing component to assist parishes with their local needs.
Surveys were mailed to 1,197 individuals and families throughout the Diocese of Juneau, and an additional 123 persons were contacted for personal interviews, including each parish priest. The Diocese received 103 responses (8.6%) via mail and online surveys, and conducted 75 personal interviews (61%).
The results of the surveys and interviews indicate that 79% of the respondents favor the proposed capital campaign, and 77% of respondents would contribute to the campaign. Based on the response, Steier estimates that such a campaign could raise between $1.5 million – $2.4 million. An edited version of the Steier Group Planning Study Report can be found online at http:/ http://dioceseofjuneau.org/business-manager/
The diocese will wait until a new bishop is appointed before making any major decisions regarding a campaign. Once a new bishop is installed, the findings from this planning study will assist him in discerning the best course of future action.
For additional questions and comments, contact the Diocese Business Manager, Deacon Michael Monagle at (907) 586-2227 x27, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org