START COLUMBARIUM FUNDRAISING TODAY
Paul Pinigis, Architarium, COO
October 15, 2008
When is the best time to start columbarium fundraising? “Yesterday” is a common
response. But today is tomorrow’s yesterday, so “today” is an even better response!
Starting columbarium fundraising early has many advantages. For example:
It allows planning. Columbarium fundraising involves strategy, planning events
and purchasing related materials. You will need time for these activities.
It raises awareness. Awareness through fundraising allows people to internalize
the idea of a columbarium burial, which takes even more time.
It allows people to give when convenient or affordable. A multi-faceted
fundraising strategy also allows people to give repeatedly.
- It may encourage outright donations or estate giving. You are able to educate
and engage donors in the estate planning process by sharing information about
your columbarium project.
It minimizes or eliminates the need for loans. You are able to develop
community support for the project and raise funds with those that will directly
benefit, which is always preferable to costly loans.
It makes money available when construction is ready to begin. Money has a
way of accumulating nicely over time. The funds can even be put into a shortterm,
interest bearing account allowing you to build the funds needed to begin the
project when you are ready.
Pre-selling niches is another way to raise columbarium funds. Paul Pinigis of Architarium
notes “There are two keys to success: making your community aware that niches are
available for sale and that niches have actually sold. Informing your members that niches
have sold can create social proof, interest, and, ultimately, demand.”
To protect columbarium funds, you can put them in a separate ledger account designated
for capital improvements. Commercial organizations need to note that some states require
pre-sold columbarium niche funds be put into an escrow account, per the Federal Trade
Commission’s Funeral Rule. Learn more at:
Raising funds for a capital improvement campaign is exciting to a community. You will
likely find that people want to be a part: both as donors and volunteers. A columbarium
project brings people together for an excellent and lasting cause.
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