'Capital Funding Services began eight years ago in response to a need from the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod congregations to raise money for building projects, expanding ministries, reducing debt, and increasing giving among parishioners,' explains Communications Assistant Lori Deffenderfer. 'These congregations felt they could raise money on their own instead of borrowing all of it, but they lacked the guidance. So the LCMS Foundation created CFS to fill that need.'
At first, the CFS staff got by with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet containing the most basic information about congregations using the office's services. But as the demand for services grew and the needs of client congregations increased, it became obvious that a more powerful information tool would be needed. That's when CFS turned to FileMaker Pro. 'Our Office of Information wanted us to use Microsoft Access,' recalls Lori, 'but our platform of choice was Macintosh, and Microsoft Access is not cross–platform. Little did we know we had dodged a bullet! The FileMaker Pro database was shared from the beginning across all our computers, no matter what they were, and we were able to share all our data among all our users.'