After a prayerful time of strategic visioning, leadership of Bel Air Church in Los Angeles, California knew it was time to align fundraising priorities with their vision. Netzel Grigsby Associates was retained to assist in facilitating the process, assessing the needs of the congregation, reviewing the facility requirements, as well as the philanthropic capacity and intent of the church body. Further objectives of this work were evaluating the capacity of Bel Air Church to conduct a successful capital campaign, determining the most likely goal and recommending a plan of action.
The development assessment conducted by Netzel Grigsby Associates included an online survey to gather church-wide input. A Vision Committee was created to guide the assessment, determine the appropriate list of interviewees, and to offer input on the case for support. The case was then refined by church leadership to ensure it clearly articulated both the need for the campaign and the impact it would have on furthering the church’s work. Based on the results of the assessment, a capital campaign was recommended with a goal of $14 million dollars, and a clear plan of action was outlined.
Bel Air Church leadership unanimously adopted the recommendations from Netzel Grigsby and recently launched The Vision Campaign. Working together, we have raised $5 million towards the $14 million goal to make better use of the magnificent campus, to update technology in service of their ministry and to strengthen their financial health. Using best practices, it is expected that the campaign will build a strong fundraising platform upon which Bel Air Church can depend for years to come.
“After two years of working with the team from Netzel Grigsby Associates, I realize that my decision to work with them has been one of the most significant decisions in ensuring that future generations of leaders will have a robust stewardship and financial foundation upon which to build. Not only are we successfully underway in a $14 Million dollar capital campaign, we are developing a daily culture of stewardship that is transforming how we accomplish our strategic priorities. As an early career senior pastor, these two mission-critical accomplishments have been accelerated in ways that enable me to lead with confidence and gratitude.”
- Rev. Dr. Drew Sams, Senior Pastor and Head of Staff, Bel Air Church