CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FACT SHEET

Restore Our Building. Support Our Mission.

WHO CAN I TALK TO ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN OR ASK ANY QUESTIONS I MAY HAVE?

The Capital Campaign Team is co-chaired by Josh Wolff and Margaret Cowden. Other current Team members are: Senior Minister Donna Schaper, Moderator Christine Binder, Finance Chair Essie Borden, member-at-large William Critzman, and grant writer/project manager Grace Goodman. For any questions, see or phone any team member, or email jdwolff [at] gmail.com

HOW DOES THIS CAMPAIGN RELATE TO JUDSON’S OPERATING BUDGET?

As our letterhead says: “ Judson Church - Open…in so many ways….” All our regular activities continue full blast during this Campaign. So does our annual operating budget, which is supported by your regular pledges, by program grants, and also by our sliding-scale rentals of our building to arts, education, and activist groups. Thus, keeping the building in top shape is essential both to our programs and our budget.

HOW MUCH MONEY DO WE NEED AND WHAT DO WE NEED IT FOR?

We need $1.5 million in immediate funds to SECURE the building’s exterior. This includes: erecting full scaffolding around 3 sides of the building; renewing deteriorating wooden window frames around the priceless LaFarge stained glass windows; renewing our faulty wooden front door; inspecting brick walls and terra cotta cornices (not inspected for two decades); repointing, repairing, and stabilizing as the inspection finds necessary; stabilizing the disjointed marble front steps; fixing leaking drains in the church walls; replacing the aging roof with historic, durable, energy-efficient red clay tiles.

We need $1.5 million to ENHANCE our facilities. This includes upgrading the lift, ideally with a new elevator; redesigning/reconstructing the Meeting Room pantry; updating the Meeting Room’s outdated sound and lighting systems; upgrading Assembly Hall lighting; repainting the Meeting Room (requires full scaffolding); replacing leaky office windows; upgrading window-guards & the iron fence.

Finally, we need to raise at least another $4 million to SUSTAIN the building for many years to come. This involves creating an adequate dedicated, income-producing, capital reserve Building Fund. Within the next 25-50 years, many infrastructure systems (e.g. HVAC, plumbing/wiring, sound/lighting) will need repair and/or replacement; the walls will have to be repointed again, and as green technology evolves, additional new upgrades will be needed. We have commissioned a Conditions report and Cost forecast for the next 25 years by Judson’s retained Conservator, William Stivale, working with Old Structures Engineering, PC and infrastructure analysts AtoZ Inc., to set a realistic goal - which we believe will not be less than another $4 million, maybe more. To avoid having to run capital campaigns every 10-15 years as in the recent past (1975, 1990, 2005, 2014), we want to establish an income-producing Fund that can grow and be tapped for these costs at whatever unforeseeable date they occur.

Judson Church has been both an architectural treasure and an incubator and home to creative religion, arts, and activism since 1892. The congregation is now healthy, growing, and active, so this is our chance - and our responsibility - to sustain this building so that our children and grandchildren, and all the seekers yet to find this home, can concentrate on their programs rather than spending scarce resources on accumulated and unexpected building repairs. Just as our building was a gift to us from generations past, so we must sustain it for the gift it will be for generations to come.

We appreciate your help to restore Judson for the New York community!

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