A Texas Baptist family’s spontaneous challenge to jump-start a Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty campaign to buy and renovate a house on Capitol Hill for its own center in Washington netted the organization nearly $1.2 million in just a couple of weeks.
J. Brent Walker, executive director of the group, which rents space from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, announced in a July 24 e-mail to supporters that a matching-funds challenge from the Baugh family of San Antonio has been wildly successful.
Donors gave or pledged a total of $688,372 in response. According to Walker, an unnamed benefactor who gave a $200,000 gift requested that it not be matched, meaning the challenge raised $1,176,745.
He said that the total raised by the capital campaign so far now stands at slightly over $2.5 million—half of the goal.