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Measuring Fundraising Success

  Traditional fundraising measures success in terms of meeting targets: amount of money raised, return on investment (ROI), increase in giving and donor data base. All these are not bad, but if these are the only measure of success, then we are merely transactional and not transformational fundraisers. A transformational fundraiser shifts from transaction fundraising to transformation fundraising. They are the first to be transformed in their mindset about the giver of resources—God—and the fundraiser’s role as sower of seeds…

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How To Fundraise Over the Phone

Fundraise over the phone, it is common among educational institutions who want to keep alumni involved. When I was at Regent University in the USA as a student, I would volunteer in the annual alumni phone-a-thon. It is one of the programs the school use to touch base with its graduates and to invite them to support the university. It not only helps update the information about the alumni but it also provides them a giving opportunity to make a financial…

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A Biblical View of Money

"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew6:24 Money is the number one competitor of our devotion to God. The Lord knows that the love of money and material things can easily distract our attention and focus on God. That is probably why there are more verses in the Bible that speak about…

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Growing a heart that gives

As was mentioned in a previous article (put link of article here) biblical fundraising is transformational. It converts both the fundraiser and the donor. It blesses the one asking for the money and the one giving the money as they experience God’s provision and the joy of giving. In traditional fundraising, building donor relations is developed in order to keep the money flowing and to meet goals and targets for the ministry. In contrast, biblical fundraising aims to grow the…

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How To Build Relationships With Your Donors

How do you build relationships with your donors? Many of you will say that you have to treat them as friends. The next question is like this: What qualities do you look for in friends? Of course, you want them to be accepting, loyal, understanding, supportive, reliable, and to be present when you need them. Do those qualities describe you and your organization in your relationship with your donors? If you consider fundraising as friend-raising, you want your donors to…

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Spirituality Of Fundraising

Henri Nouwen, a Catholic theologian, has a small booklet entitled the “Spirituality of Fundraising,” which I require my fundraising class to read. It never ceases to impact the readers in the way they view fundraising as a spiritual activity. Viewed as a ministry, Nouwen says that “fundraising is as spiritual as giving a sermon, entering a time of prayer, visiting the sick, or feeding the hungry!” According to Nouwen, fundraising ministry is a proclamation, an invitation, and a conversion. We…

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When Should You Fundraise

The question “When should you fundraise?” can be answered by another question, “When do you need money?” The answer to that is this: you need money every day. You need money to pay administrative costs, utilities, program support and other operational expenses. Therefore, fundraising must be a whole-year activity. The church passes the collection bag every week. That is 52 times a year not to mention special offerings whenever there is an additional need for funds. But what about the…

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The Phases of Fundraising

  Fundraising is a cycle that includes several phases in the process of recruiting and retaining donors. It involves acquiring people who will share your vision and mission and will partner with you in your cause and advocacy. Identifying Prospective Donors The fundraising cycle starts with identifying prospective donors who can donate their time, talent, or treasure to the non-profit organization. For those new to fundraising, the useful tool to use in identifying potential donors is a constituency map. List…

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