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At Blackhawk, we desire to see more and more people experience the transforming power of Jesus through our Sunday worship services. When Blackhawk Brader Way was completed in November 2007, we never imagined what we now do on a weekly basis: broadcast our Sunday services online and to multiple sites, leverage the online service as a new “front door,” and hold services in multiple languages. Blackhawk Brader Way’s original technology was not designed with today’s reality in mind. So now, 16 years later, we are responding to what God is doing through our in-person and online worship services by investing in the tools that support our mission of “building a community to reach a community.”

Why Should I Give?

Our goals are to improve the online and in-person experience through enhancements including better broadcast systems, camera equipment, technology infrastructure, lighting, security cameras, and tools for hearing impairment and translation.

Our target is to raise $3.5 million by June 2025.

Step 1: Create Your Intention

Your intention is the total amount you plan to give to this campaign through June 2025. Receiving your intention is tremendously helpful so that we know how to plan as we move forward. Please create your intention by March 10.

As you create your intention, please ensure that you:

    • Enter the amount, frequency, start and end date and verify the Total Intention amount is correct.
    • Enter only one individual’s name per household as entering multiple names will cause it to not link correctly to your household. It will be attributed to both heads of your household in our system regardless of which individual’s name is listed.
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Detailed Instructions
    • Click the Create Intention button below.
    • Enter the amount, frequency, start and end date. Verify the Total Intention amount is the total amount you intend to give toward Project Tech through June 2025.
    • Enter only one individual’s name per household as entering multiple names will cause it to not link correctly to your household. It will be attributed to both heads of your household in our system regardless of which individual’s name is listed.
    • Click Create Intention.

Step 2: Give at Any Time

Give online through a one-time or recurring gift or via check, cash, a donor-advised fund, stocks, or a charitable distribution. Instructions for each can be found below. However you give, please remember to designate your gift to Project Tech.
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Online
Set up a recurring or one-time gift to Blackhawk Church through Blackhawk’s website by clicking Give Now. You may give directly from your bank account (lower processing fee, ~ 1%) or debit or credit cards (slightly higher processing fees, ~ 2 – 3%).

We do not encourage incurring credit card debt to give.

Check by Mail
Regardless of what Blackhawk site you attend, donations can be mailed to the Blackhawk Church office at the following address:

Blackhawk Church, Attn: Giving
9620 Brader Way
Middleton, WI 53562

Check or Cash in Offering Box
Checks and cash can be placed in the offering boxes which are located at the entrances/exits of each worship venue. Envelopes are available at each offering box and at your site’s Welcome Desk. Envelopes are not necessary when giving by check.
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Donor-Advised Fund
Blackhawk Church accepts gifts from donor-advised funds. Simply work with your donor-advised fund provider to initiate a gift to Blackhawk Church.
Stock
To give appreciated stocks and mutual funds and avoid capital gains, provide the information on this form to your investment provider. They will work with you to donate the securities to Blackhawk Church’s brokerage account. Please return the form to Blackhawk Church at [email protected] so that Blackhawk Church can match transferred securities to the donor and determine the designation of the gift (i.e. General Fund, Debt Reduction Fund).
IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions
Blackhawk accepts Qualified Charitable Distributions. A Qualified Charitable Distribution or QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA payable directly to Blackhawk Church. A QCD can be counted toward satisfying your Required Minimum Distribution for the year. Consult with your tax and/or investment advisors for applicability.
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Online
Set up a recurring or one-time gift to Blackhawk Church through Blackhawk’s website by clicking Give Now. You may give directly from your bank account (lower processing fee, ~ 1%) or debit or credit cards (slightly higher processing fees, ~ 2 – 3%).

We do not encourage incurring credit card debt to give.

Check by Mail
Regardless of what Blackhawk site you attend, donations can be mailed to the Blackhawk Church office at the following address:

Blackhawk Church, Attn: Giving
9620 Brader Way
Middleton, WI 53562

Check or Cash in Offering Box
Checks and cash can be placed in the offering boxes which are located at the entrances/exits of each worship venue. Envelopes are available at each offering box and at your site’s Welcome Desk. Envelopes are not necessary when giving by check.
Donor-Advised Fund
Blackhawk Church accepts gifts from donor-advised funds. Simply work with your donor-advised fund provider to initiate a gift to Blackhawk Church.
Stock
To give appreciated stocks and mutual funds and avoid capital gains, provide the information on this form to your investment provider. They will work with you to donate the securities to Blackhawk Church’s brokerage account. Please return the form to Blackhawk Church at [email protected] so that Blackhawk Church can match transferred securities to the donor and determine the designation of the gift (i.e. General Fund, Debt Reduction Fund).
IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions
Blackhawk accepts Qualified Charitable Distributions. A Qualified Charitable Distribution or QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA payable directly to Blackhawk Church. A QCD can be counted toward satisfying your Required Minimum Distribution for the year. Consult with your tax and/or investment advisors for applicability.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the goals for Project Tech?
Project Tech aims to upgrade our technology infrastructure and broadcast systems, as well as boosting safety and security at all three sites.

    • Improve the online experience through enhanced broadcast systems, redesigned broadcast suite, and camera equipment
    • Update the technology infrastructure and aging audio, video, and lighting equipment at Brader Way to better serve all locations, venues, and online
    • Upgrade security cameras at all sites, including BKids classrooms
    • Invest in solutions for language translation and hearing impairment

For more information on the scope of the project, click here.

What is the Project Tech cost & associated timelines?
Cost: $3.5 million

Project Timeline: 12-18 months (sometimes a little longer) for design, purchase, and installation. Design began in September 2023.

Fundraising Timeline: Project Tech designated giving – over and above your regular giving – from now through June 2025

Have we been upgrading tech each year within our normal budget?
Each year in our budget we allocate asset improvement dollars to fund basic technology maintenance and updates. This investment happens through General Fund giving, which has allowed us to accomplish a lot since the Brader Way building opened in 2007. However, we feel a more comprehensive tech upgrade is needed to set us up well for the future, which will exceed what our annual budget could handle.
How long will this investment serve us?
With how quickly things change in today’s world, we are seeing this as an investment that sets us up well for the next 10 years or so. We know that various technologies and equipment have different life spans – some may far exceed 10 years while others likely will not. So, each year we will continue making asset improvements within our annual budget where needed to maximize the investment we’re making with Project Tech. But as ministry and technology change, there may be another day when a comprehensive update is required.

(Think of it like a vehicle: you can maintain a vehicle to keep it running reliably for years. But eventually, you get to a point where the fixes become too expensive, or the vehicle has become unreliable enough that you need to replace it.)

When do you need my Project Tech intention and financial gift?
We are asking that intentions be submitted by March 10. Your intention is simply what you plan to give towards Project Tech between now and June 2025. An intention is tremendously important so that we know how to plan for the scope of the project and what we will be able to move forward and when. We know that life happens, and things change. Your intention is simply your plan as best you can tell with the info you have right now. If things change in life or finances, you can change your intention down the road. To get started with making your intention, click “Create Intention.”

Then you can begin giving towards your intention at any time! There are a number of ways to give – one-time, recurring, check, cash, stocks, etc. – and you can find all the info when you click “Give Now.” Please choose “Project Tech” when giving online or note Project Tech in the memo line of your check.

Contact Us

General Questions: [email protected]

Giving Questions: [email protected]