When my family joined the Church 30 years ago last month, local units were responsible for raising funds to build any new meetinghouses.
Since then, the Church has done away with this practice. They bring enough tithing in each year to fund each building institutionally.
I can see the wisdom in such a practice. After all, it takes some of the pressure off the members to finance the buildings, and allows for controlling discrepencies between building size and status.
I’ve noticed something in the last few years. Members seem less inclined to want to clean the chapel. They seem less concerned with whether their crumpled paper towel hits the garbage can. And so on.
Granted, my exposure is limited to a small percentage of the thousands of meetinghouses the Church owns, so the evidence I have is anecdotal.
That being said, I wonder if it is common enough to be a general trend. If so, is there a correlation between absence of personal fundraising and the seemingly lack of respect for keeping the meetinghouses clean?