Frequently Asked Questions
1. What's the difference between a pledge and a gift?
• A pledge is a commitment to give, like an IOU. It signifies your promise of the total amount you plan to give to the campaign.
• A gift is a financial transaction. We fulfill pledges through gifts. For example, a monthly gift of $40 would fulfill a total pledge commitment of $680 over the course of 17 months.
2. I want to support Building Faith. Can I just keep giving toward my Cascading pledge? Isn't it all the same?
First of all, thank you for fulfilling your pledge to Cascading! Gifts toward Building Faith need to be specifically designated as such. It's a separate fund targeted specifically for the additional costs for the Community Life Center. Many Cascading donors have chosen to increase or extend their gifts through the end of 2017 and apply those to Building Faith. Please log in and make a new pledge toward Building Faith. Email our Finance Director, Heather Mustonen, if you have questions about this process or where you're at with your commitment to Building Faith.
3. Have I fulfilled my pledge?
Log into MyBethany to view your progress.
4. What was so bad about the old Christian Education Building?
The old CE Building had many issues simply from being designed in the 1930s and built in the 1950s. For example, it had issues with code compliance and exit strategies for safety. The new facility will enable us to not only continue ministries to children, teenagers, and young adults but also to expand the effectiveness of our food bank and community meals ministries and provide ADA- and code-compliant accessibility. (While there are no specific plans yet, we are building this facility to meet code requirements as space for a licensed day care or before- and after-school care). Suffice it to say that this facility will continue to be vital space in which lives will be changed for many decades!
5. Why did it take so long to get the permit?
Permitting can take up to a year given the staff, workload, and analytical requirements of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (formerly DPD—Department of Planning and Development). Bethany’s permit was delayed much longer than this due to some comments about how the new building might exacerbate existing parking problems near the church. There was an appeal to the permit approval on October 1, 2015. Bethany’s motion for summary dismissal of the appeal was based largely on the quality of analysis during the permitting process, and the appeal was granted. The Master Use Permit was issued on January 7, 2016.
6. How does Building Faith fit into Cascading?
Building Faith is a campaign to provide for the funds needed to finish the work of Cascading. Due to permitting delays and the rising cost of construction projects in Seattle, the Community Life Center now costs 25 percent more than it did in late 2013.
7. How did the Community Life Center project go from $4 million to $5.5 million?
The cost of a full building replacement was estimated at $4 million in late 2013. Upgrades to the kitchen and playground (approximately $400,000) were not included at that time. A “furnishings and fixtures” campaign was planned to close the funding gap for that just prior to the building completion. To avoid much higher costs later, some of the kitchen and playground elements have now been added back to the basic construction budget. Aside from these additions, the construction boom in Seattle has consumed contractor capacity and led to markedly higher prices across the board. Total project costs are now 25 percent above original estimates, a growth of almost 1 percent per month.
8. Could costs rise even higher before building completion?
A 3.5 percent contingency fund is included in the budget and will be used to cover unexpected occurrences once construction begins. Subcontractors will sign agreements confirming their pricing for the duration of the project. In addition, project components such as floor covering and bathroom tile installation and wall painting will be managed by Bethany volunteers to keep costs in line with the budget.
9. What happened to the components of Cascading that were designated for $2 million to debt reduction and $2 million to campus investment?
As of January 31, 2016, $535,000 of Cascading gifts and pledges have been spent on building design, permitting, and preconstruction planning. Another $614,000 has financed the development of new Bethany locations, including the Junction at Bethany North. It’s also provided equipment and staffing for Bethany North, Bethany Ballard, and Bethany Eastside. We are looking at costs and benefits of paying down debt and construction cash flow to maximize our stewardship of funds available. We are still targeting debt reduction.
10. Did we ever reach our original Cascading goal of $8 million?
As of January 31, 2016, total gifts and pledges to Cascading were $7.16 million. The goal of Cascading is to fund 20•20 Vision and to provide $4 million to replace the CE Building at Bethany Green Lake, $2 million to fund new campuses, and another $2 million to reduce our current debt for the Bethany Green Lake Sanctuary.
11. How long will this construction project take?
It is scheduled to be completed by December 2016 and we are on schedule!