BUILDING INSPIRATION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
WHERE WE'RE AT TODAY
MARC's Board of Directors approved the $7,000,000 capital campaign in November 2018. Preparations began in December 2018 with the first proposal submitted the same month. By September of the following year, MARC was over 90% completed with its capital campaign goal. These funds were secured by foundational, corporate, and individual giving. Twelve leadership gifts contributed 92% of the total goal. A letter-writing campaign was mailed in October of 2019 to appeal to donors who had not yet supported the capital campaign. In December, $70,000 had been received from 30 donors and completed the campaign.
Demolition of the Opportunity Park began in December of 2020 and construction of the new building followed soon after. As of the summer of 2021, the project has seen quite a bit of progress. The Day Use building's walls are up and the foundation is complete. The inspiration center's foundation is poured and cured. Additionally, the walls and shafts have been constructed for the elevator. We are currently waiting on the necessary steel. Once this arrives, the building is expected to go up rather quickly. MARC has partnered with MWM Architects and Pharr Construction for the entirety of the project.
WHAT WE LACK
AND HOW YOU CAN HELP
Through the generosity of the Midland community, MARC was able to reach its initial fundraising goal of $7,000,000 in one year. However, the project quickly encountered some unexpected costs. Before construction could begin, MARC was faced with new zoning requirements from the City of Midland. This added a delay to the expected timeline as well as additional steps in the construction process. In addition, the installation of footers six feet deep was required before project implementation. These unexpected costs totaled a new need of $500,000.
An unexpected project expense of $500,000 can be enough to halt some capital operations. However, MARC's leadership reevaluated some expenses and cut them from the budget in order to press forward with construction. Items were primarily cut from IT/Technical Support, Furniture/Fixtures/Equipment, and Inspiration Park equipment. This includes computers, IT servers, appliances, (2) copiers, kitchen appliances, and varying playground equipment. As this was all included in the original vision, MARC is now seeking to find funding for these budget cuts.