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Organizing a Fundraising Dinner That Rocks

  Whether you are organizing a sacrificial dinner or a celebration dinner, you want people who come to go home thinking and talking about the event and your cause. You want to create an impact in the minds and hearts of those who participated in your fundraising dinner. Organizing a fundraising dinner that rocks entails ample preparation of six to 12 months. Write down clear objectives for the event such as the amount of money you want to raise, a…

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Fundraising Fatigue?

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Fundraising Fatigue

Is there really such a thing as fundraising or donor fatigue? Marc Pitman of FundraisingCoach.com explained why donor fatigue is a myth. “I don’t know of any donors who are tired of giving to causes that they value, they are passionate about, they are excited to be involved in,” Pitman said. “I know plenty of donors who are being fatigued of being crappily asked.” I agree with Pitman that donor fatigue is a myth or as some would say, an excuse.…

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Transformational vs. Transactional Fundraising

How is Christian fundraising different from secular fundraising? Is there a difference or do we employ the same methods and tactics that secular fundraisers use? Some of you may have attended seminars and conferences sponsored by Christian groups or you may have read books and articles written by Christians. You may have noticed that there is not much difference in terms of strategies and methods between secular and Christian fundraising. It is only during the past ten years do we…

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Common Fundraising Mistakes

  Scott Rodin, in his book, The Seven Deadly Sins of Christian Fundraising, lists these seven deadly sins in fundraising: being unprepared for the battle; self-reliance over spirit reliance; money over ministry; unwillingness to invest the time; decision without discernment; activity without accountability; and stealing the glory. He summarizes the seven deadly sins this way: Plan and prepare seriously for the battle and commit never to go into your work without being spiritually-prepared. Cultivate a spirit of trust and dependence…

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Fundraising Best Practices

  You will find a variety of fundraising best practices depending on your geographical location and the specific nature of the fundraising environment. What I would like to propose here as my four best practices focus more on the big picture of our resource development. Anchor fundraising on the vision, mission, goals of the organizations—The best fundraising practice follows a resource development plan that is anchored on the vision, mission, and goals of the non-profit organization. It provides the rationale…

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Your Leadership Team and Fundraising

  It is everybody’s job! The leadership team sets the tone for the organization’s  fundraising efforts. The commitment of the leadership to fundraising is essential to the success of any fundraising program and campaign. Trustee Leadership Trustee leadership is important in the effectiveness of the fundraising program of the organization. As representative of society, trustees can take important fundraising initiatives not available to the President or the fundraising staff.  It will be good for the Board of Trustees to form a…

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Fundraising Planning Worksheet

Good planning is a pre-requisite for the success of any fundraising campaign. While we know that it is God who provides the resources for His Kingdom work, we have a responsibility to do our part in planning and implementation. Before you launch your fundraising campaign, make sure that you have the following: Well-articulated vision, mission and goals (VMG) Resource development strategic plan that is anchored on the VMG CEO involvement Board leadership Case for support Volunteers Your VMG is what…

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God’s Funding Method

We know that God is the owner and therefore, the provider of everything that is needed to fund His Kingdom work on earth. However, He uses people to mobilize His resources and accomplish His purposes. The book of Nehemiah makes a great case study for God’s funding method. God was pleased to use Nehemiah to organize one of the biggest capital campaigns: a building plan to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem. Have you ever been involved in a huge…

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The Poor Give More

  (an upside-down world!) In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. (2 Cor. 8:2-4) The Macedonian church were the first to respond with their gifts to the troubled church in Jerusalem. They were not…

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Dealing with the common fear of fundraising

  Fear about fundraising come from a mindset that says it is an embarrassing act. People fear that donors will say no and they will be rejected. Questions such as, “What if I fail to raise the fundraising target?” plague many fundraisers. You also hear comments such as, “Fundraising is a necessary evil, but it has to be done because we need money to fund ministry programs.” Those are common apprehensions and misconceptions about fundraising that lead to fear among…

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