St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Indianola, Iowa is a proud parish that grows year after year. The schools are growing and more children come to St. Thomas each year for catechism. A Master Plan which included six more classrooms, handicap accessibility for the community, and a multi-purpose room was needed sooner than expected and the previous phase of contruction was already paid off ahead of schedule. Under the leadership of Father Chris Fontanini St. Thomas Aquinas set forth to raise $2 million to being construction and set aside long term funds for building maintenance.
EDEN+ drafted a case for support, trained volunteers and staff, tracked progress, and partnered with St. Thomas Aquinas to ultimately meet their goal and break ground only six months after the campaign began with the funds fully committed. St. Thomas Aquinas utilized prospect research tools to identify parishioners who had significant capacity and invited those individuals to make leadership gifts. Despite having back to back campaigns for the last decade, St. Thomas Aquinas raised more money than ever before and the small parish had 54 families who made gifts of $10,000 or more and their first two $100,000 gifts ever.