Common Questions

Questions about the overall campaign

What is All. In.? What are we raising funds for?

All. In. is the name of the capital campaign in progress at St. Margaret of York. Based on extensive planning, reflection, and input from our community, this campaign seeks to address specific current and future needs. We are raising funds to build a new main entrance, reconfigure our parking lot, add storage space, finish our basement, expand school facilities; and contribute to the Archdiocese’s One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign.

Who will be asked to support the All. In. campaign?

Every household in the parish will be asked to prayerfully consider a gift to the All. In. campaign.

When will the campaign start?

The active campaign will take place through May 2016. Pledges will be paid over a five-year period.

Questions about giving

How much am I expected to give?

All parishioners are being asked to prayerfully consider a specific amount. However, only you can determine the amount of your gift. Consider the various plans in your packet. Please remember, we need the participation of every family and the sacrifice you are able to make is truly a generous gift, regardless of the size.

Why am I asked to consider a specific amount?

Parishioners need to know what levels of support are necessary to meet and exceed our campaign’s financial need. A gift amount is suggested for each family to prayerfully consider. This amount is not a mandate or an assessed contribution. No judgement is made on the level of gift you or others make. We only ask that you pray about what kind of sacrifice you are able to make.

What if I choose not to give them amount requested?

Your family and your situation are unique; only you can decide what gift you are able to make. You are simply asked to prayerfully consider a specific gift. Whatever your response, it should be one of choice and sacrifice.

I dislike pledging. Why am I asked to make a pledge instead of a one-time gift?

Our level of need means that the success of the campaign rests largely on pledges payable over five years. In addition, by making a pledge, you are able to donate more than would be possible with a one-time gift.

Will I need to continue contributing to the offertory?

Yes! The weekly offertory funds the normal operating expenses of the parish. We depend on these contributions for our daily operations and ministries.

Can I make a gift other than cash or check?

Yes! A range of other possibilities exist, including: credit/debit card, automatic withdrawal, electronic fund transfers, bequests, and stock. Please contact the parish for more information.

What if my financial situation changes and I cannot fulfill my pledge?

Your pledge to support the campaign is made in good faith. Should you need to reduce or stop your pledge payments, please contact the Catholic Community Foundation at 844-260-4483.

Why ask parishioners for different amounts? Wouldn’t dividing the parish goal by the number of households be easier and fairer?

It certainly would be easier. However, it definitely would not be fairer, and would ensure that a parish does not reach its goal. Because people are blessed differently, a principle of the campaign is equal sacrifice, not equal giving. We all give to the parish at varying degrees. While all parishioners should be contacted, those with little giving history are least likely to give to a major campaign. Therefore, asking for equal amounts from everyone would put the campaign in jeopardy. However, if we ask for different amounts based on past generosity to St. Margaret of York, we challenge all to give as they are able and according to their blessings, and in the process, help ensure All. In.’s success.

Questions about the project

Have parishioners weighed in on the decision to conduct a capital campaign?

Yes. In November of 2015, a planning study was conducted by CCS Fundraising to test the feasibility of a capital campaign. The study was conducted through in-person interviews with 130 individuals and 389 online surveys. The study found that majority of parishioners were supportive of a campaign, however it should strictly focus on the needs of the parish. Through the study, these needs were identified as a new main entrance, reconfiguring the parking lot, additional storage, finishing the basement, and making school renovations.

Do the new plans include keeping the ballfields and the playground?

Yes, the playground and a ballfield are included in the new plans. As indicated in the study, parishioners had concerns over losing both the ballfields and playground. Therefore, the playground and a ballfield will be kept near the main entrance of the church.

Why is a portion of the goal going toward the archdiocese?

The archdiocese is currently conducting a $130 million campaign, One Faith, One Hope, One Love, to benefit catholic education, support fostering vocations, retired diocesan priests, local parish priorities, and catholic charities and social services. Every parish within the archdiocese has been given a goal to support the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign. Since St. Margaret of York is conducting its own capital campaign, our goal has been reduced from $1.8 million to $1.26 million.

Will the archdiocese take their cut right off the top?

No. In order to have funds to begin construction, the archdiocesan portion will be paid in installments over 3-5 years.

Does Father James support this campaign?

Yes. Father James was involved in developing the newly revised plan and supports the capital campaign. A thank you letter and the campaign prayer, written by Father James, are included in the campaign brochure.

Can the Pre-K rooms double as baby sitting rooms for Sunday mass?

Yes. The Pre-K rooms will serve as babysitting rooms during mass.

Are we moving the tabernacle?

Yes, the tabernacle will be moved into the worship space.

Will the altar be raised?

No, the altar will not be raised. As indicated in the study, raising the altar was not indicated as an immediate need of the parish.

How does this affect our debt?

In order to not add to the debt, construction will not take place without the money in hand. Everything raised above the goal will go toward debt reduction.

Can we break the construction into stages?

Yes. The construction will take place in stages, however only if the money is in hand.

Can I make a one-time gift?

Our goal is high and generous gifts need to be made by all parishioners to reach it. We are asking all parishioners to make a pledge over 5 years.