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ECM ends campaign after raising about $835,000 in donations

June 2, 2011

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Ecumenical Christian Ministries has exceeded its $832,000 fundraising goal, capped by a $119,000 challenge grant from the Tulsa-based J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation.

In order to receive the grant, the ECM had to reach its goal by May 24.

“It’s fantastic,” said the Rev. Thad Holcombe, ECM campus minister. “How can we express so much gratitude and thanks?”

The campaign sought to raise money for a variety of improvements for the historic building at 1204 Oread Ave.

In the first phase of work, the ECM replaced its windows and an aging boiler, among other improvements.

The next phase of improvements includes rehabbing the ECM’s living quarters on the building’s first floor and parking lot work.

In total, ECM raised just under $835,000 during the two-year campaign, which doesn’t include more than $30,000 from in-kind donations.

The campaign received support from 360 individual donors, whose contributions ranged from a few dollars to more than $20,000, said Teresa Zaffiro, ECM development coordinator.

The Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation also contributed $25,000 in support of the projects to improve access for people with disabilities.

Zaffiro recognized several people who worked to raise the funds, including Holcombe, ECM’s board members and financial consultant Judy Keller, who worked on the campaign for about a year and continued to offer pro bono work after that.

Zaffiro said a wide variety of donations helped the ECM meet its goal.

“The way the campaign ended, to me, mirrored what the ECM is, which is really grass-roots,” she said.

Holcombe said he appreciated the support the ECM received from all the contributors to the campaign.

“It affirms our vision” of what the ECM hopes to be for the community, he said.

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