The Diocese of Oakland is widely distributing a detailed financial report of its operations in advance of launching a $65 million Capital Campaign later this year.
Meetings with the bishop and major donors have already begun. Pledges for more than $3 million have already been given through the efforts of the bishop during the "quiet phase" of the campaign, said Kenneth J. Hokenson, executive director of the Office for Mission Advancement.
The parish phase of the Capital Campaign will kick off in half the parishes in late summer; the other half in 2015.
Four parishes with significant local needs requested to conduct a combined campaign, aimed at addressing both the diocesan and parish needs within one campaign effort.
Each block, or one half, of the parishes is expected to raise about $25 million. The balance should come from major donors.
The annual Bishop's Appeal will be on hiatus in 2015, its effort included in the Capital Campaign for that year. It will return in 2016.
The theme of the Capital Campaign is: Reclaiming Christ's Mission Together.
The focus of the Capital Campaign and Bishop's Appeal is different. The Capital Campaign is designed to address needs that go beyond the annual appeal, which raises about $2.5 million. The Capital Campaign will allow the diocese to move forward in several ministries with great impact on the community, and make a huge impact on the overall diocesan debt.
A committee of a dozen priests from geographically diverse areas of the diocese is advising the bishop on the conduct of the campaign. The fundraising firm, Guidance in Giving Inc., which has assisted with the annual diocesan Bishop's Appeal since 2010, is assisting the Office for Mission Advancement, the diocese's fundraising arm.
Hokenson said the diocesan staff and Guidance in Giving look forward to working with all pastors, parish staffs and parishioners during the campaign.
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