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Inspiring capital campaign success in new communities

By October 8, 2019July 15th, 2021Steier Wire

For the firm’s first 17 years, the Steier Group thrived while conducting campaign planning studies and capital campaigns for faith-based organizations.

Over the last five years, our firm has built on that success by expanding our services to include executive counsel, development audits, planned giving counsel and parish audits.

But the most exciting change is finding new partners in new places. Working in new locations or with a new type of organization provides the Steier Group a chance to grow as a firm.

Currently, the Steier Group is working with its first international client – the Diocese of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. The One Heart, One Soul Capital Campaign is in the early stages of the multi-year effort.

Although language isn’t a barrier, the Steier Group team has had to learn the ins and outs of working in a different country and the cultural differences that come with that.

“I am so appreciative for the three Steier Group employees chosen for our ‘Hamil-team.’ I feel blessed to have their support and guidance through this,” said Francis Doyle, the Director of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of Hamilton. “I’d be lost without their collective wisdom, experience, good counsel, positivity, good humour and understanding of Canadian idiosyncrasies. I am very thankful for them and the Steier Group team!”

In addition to the firm’s first international campaign, the Steier Group is partnering with the Maronite Catholic Eparchy Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles on a groundbreaking campaign.

This Eparchy, led by Bishop Elias Zaidan, is the first Eastern Rite diocese to conduct a capital campaign in the U.S. and the first Maronite Eparchy to conduct a campaign worldwide. Bishop Zaidan will personally visit all 42 parishes and missions in the diocese
to promote the campaign.

Another area of expansion for the Steier Group has been working with Newman Centers. These Catholic parishes and student centers on non-Catholic college campuses continue to grow.

In 2019, the Steier Group has partnered on two successful campaigns with Newman Centers – Holy Spirit Newman Center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Previously, the Steier Group partnered on the first capital campaign for St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The A Great Problem to Have campaign raised $26 million toward a beautiful new Catholic fraternity house, church and Newman Center.