The Bannack Difference.
The feasibility study needed to determine not only how much funding the library would be able to raise, but what direction for funds allocation had the most traction with community members and major donors. A building remodel, or new library construction? And how did the police and the city’s other shared-space departments play into the strategy? Our Bannack team executed a deep dive into not just the needs of the library and its patrons, but the interrelated challenges and opportunities of the entire community and its public services. The results of the study laid the groundwork for a successful fundraising campaign - the largest in the library’s history.
Clear support emerged for one sweeping plan: a new library building would be constructed on a lot that had recently been vacated by the fire department; the police department would move into old library location; their absence in the shared downtown offices would free up additional room for the other public services departments. The new library would be the linchpin in this comprehensive plan of action.
Our team created an effective strategy to fund this ambitious and exciting multi-tiered project — $6 million capital campaign that would combine community-level funding, the support of major philanthropic donors, and a City bond election - each of which was seamlessly coordinated by the Bannack Group. Through strategic execution, relationship-building, and spreading the capital campaign’s clear, inspiring message to the public, the Bannack team led the charge to the community’s love for its library into tangible funds. Bannack Group helped the library achieve every goal — $2.3 million was raised, and the library’s Election Bond passed successfully.
From the Belgrade Community Library Foundation
“From the start, we were drawn to Bannack’s clarity about how to execute the process, and we liked their professional, approachable rapport. They had been down this road before with other organizations, and they clearly knew how to achieve success. With the endowment sitting in the library foundation’s bank account, combined with the exploding community needs, we felt a bit ‘deer-in-the-headlights’ — we knew we needed to raise money, but had no idea how to do it ourselves, or even what goals to work towards. As a small organization, we are already working at our limit — and it was simply not feasible for us to build a major fundraising campaign into the time we had in the day. And it also takes skill, experience, and connections that we just didn’t have. Bannack Group took this situation that was incredibly complex for us, and figured out a clear solution that everyone loved, not just the library but the whole town — and then they made achieving it feel easy — well, almost easy. Bannack Group is just amazing. Working with them also gave us access to their own trusted experts — ‘oh, we have a marketing person for that, we have an attorney that can answer that question for us’ — which was invaluable as needs and situations came up throughout the process. They never felt like outsiders — they felt like one of us, like partners in our process.