Sample Study Questionnaire Essay

Appendix 10 A Sample Feasibility Study Questionnaire Dear Parishioners: The purpose of this feasibility survey is to determine how much money we can raise to build a new church facility. As we seek the bishop’s approval, the diocese requires a facility master plan, independent cost estimates, parish growth projections, and a professional fund-raising forecast. Based on this data, the diocese will work with us in setting a budget. Please return your response by mail or in person to the parish office, or place it in the collection basket at Mass.

The deadline for returns is . NOTE: This questionnaire is not a pledge commitment. [The questionnaires will be compiled by the fund-raisers. Please be honest and candid in your responses. ] 1. How effective is our parish in meeting the spiritual needs of its members? (circle one) Low 1———-2———-3———-4———-5 High 2. How effective is our parish in meeting the social needs of its members? (circle one) Low 1———-2———-3———-4———-5 High 3.

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What is your confidence level in the parish staff and volunteer leaders to make the right decisions regarding the parish facilities’ master plan? (circle one) Low 1———-2———-3———-4———-5 High 4. The steering committee has conducted parish town-hall meetings, surveys, and straw polls at Masses [specify what you have done]. Of those participating in them, 99 percent [use your percentages] indicated we should move forward on plans to build a new worship facility [add other projects from master plan].

To what degree do you agree that we must act now to have a new worship space [your other projects] available for use at this time? (circle one) Low 1———-2———-3———-4———-5 High 5. Are you willing to participate in a program this coming [spring, summer, fall, winter] to learn about church design prior to designing our new worship space? (circle one) Low 1———-2———-3———-4———-5 High 6. To what degree will the members of our parish support a fund-raising campaign to build a new church facility? circle one) Low 1———-2———-3———-4———-5 High More questions on reverse side Your Response Counts! And not only does it count, it’s critical to determine the parish’s ability to fund a new worship space for the future. Please invest in [your parish name here] future by completing this questionnaire. Three easy ways to return it: mail back, drop off at the office, or place in the collection baskets at Mass by ! © 2009 by Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. All rights reserved.

Permission to copy is granted to those individuals and/or institutions that have purchased a copy of Building a New Church: A Process Manual for Pastors and Lay Leaders. 7. The bishop requests that we give 5 percent of our income to the local parish and 1 percent to the diocese. If we asked members of the parish to give 5 percent of their income to the parish for the next three years so that we could build a new church, what percentage of the members do you think would do that? (circle one) 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 8.

If we asked members of the parish to double their current level of giving for three years so that we could build a new church, what percentage of the members do you think would do that? (circle one) 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 9. How willing would you be to make a financial commitment over the next three years for the improvement and enhancement of our parish? (circle one) Low 1———-2———-3———-4———-5 High 10. In a campaign to raise funds for the improvements at our parish, there may be opportunities to sponsor a portion of the work and/or to recognize donors by listing their names on a memorial plaque.

To what degree do you think parish members would be interested in sponsoring a particular item (e. g. , stained glass window, vestibule decor, a statue, furniture) or participate in some kind of donor gratitude program? (circle one) Low 1———-2———-3———-4———-5 High 11. (check one) ____ I attend our parish at least once per month. ____ I am a regular pledger to the parish. ____ I support the parish by check regularly. Age: (check one) ____ under 18 ____ 19–35 ____ 36–65 ____ 66 and up Other comments or questions? _______________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ (If you wish for the above financial responses to be anonymous, please detach this section and return in a separate envelope or separate the sections before returning. ) Volunteer Form A. Would you be willing to serve on any of the following subcommittees to help with the church capital campaign? Please check any that appeal to you) [Fill in to match your parish’s campaign elements] ____ Communications (assist with campaign publications and public relations) ____ Special Events (plan and help organize campaign events) ____ Ambassador (answer questions about the campaign, make personal contacts) ____ Donor Recognition (devise appropriate ways to thank those who contribute) ____ Prayer (plan special prayer events and develop a relevant prayer guide for the campaign) Your Name and Telephone Number: _____________________________________________________________________________________________ B.

Who would you recommend that might be an influential person or leader in an effort to conduct a successful capital campaign at our parish? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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