Fundraising & Communications Committee Minutes – 02.13.23

Lake Country Classical Academy Board Fundraising & Communications Committee Meeting

Monday, Feb. 13, 2022, 10 a.m.
Branigan Inc., 312 E. Buffalo St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

1. Call to order – 10 a.m.

2. TLC Update

a. Upcoming events

  • Mother-daughter movie night was a huge success – 160 students and mothers attended (grades K-6); $300 in donations
  • This Thursday, 2/16 – All-school Ingleside waterpark night 
  • Spiritwear sale closing this week
  • Restaurant night in March (TBD)

3. Fundraising

a. 2023 LCCA Gala update/discussion

  • Planning – Marlo McCormick, gala committee chair
    • One Cause platform is up and running – tickets may go on sale April 1
    • Gala sponsorship proposal finished
    • Save the Date is being run in the Revere
    • Emcee/auctioneer secured
  • Procurement – Joanne Timmerman
    • Reaching out to last year’s auction donors
  • Sponsorships – Kristina Vourax
    • Gala sponsorship proposal has been finalized. 
    • Tracker will be saved in gala folder. Reaching out to last year’s sponsors first. Anyone who is able to help secure event sponsors, please contact Kristina at
  • Keynote speaker update – Kristina Vourax
    • We’re hoping for Tommy Thompson – his team has reserved June 2 on his calendar – hoping for confirmation before April 1.
    • Paul Farrow is secured as our special guest

b. Planned Giving options/Edward Jones – Tim Peterson

  • Run ideas past advancement officer before public launch
  • Introduction to Jorge Benavente, WestPoint Financial to Lori. RFP may be necessary. 

c. 2022-2023 Fundraising Plan

  • Capital Campaign – fundraising consultants & feasibility study information was shared with the committee. The FCC does not think we are ready for a feasibility study at this time, but there are tactics we can conduct on our own to gather information about our existing donors (interviews, focus groups, survey, etc.) – fundraising plan in development.
  • Grant applications   
    • Parents with grant writing experience?
    • Grant writing needs to begin ASAP (as soon as new one-campus site is identified and needed funding is determined – LOIs to key foundations.

4. Communications

a. New FCC communications advisor – Nicole Balistreri

b. Social Media – Nicole provided suggested “community rules” for LCCA’s social media pages. We will run this copy by Margaret for approval. 

5. The meeting was adjourned at 11 a.m.