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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.…

Related: Organizing a Fundraising Dinner That Rocks

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Going Beyond Tithing : The Call for Radical Generosity

  We’ve covered a lot of arguments both for and against tithing in our discourse on the topic of giving. One thing we have clearly established is that a Christian’s money and possessions cannot be separated from his pursuit of and obedience to God. Randy Alcorn, a popular American author and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, a non-profit Christian organization, writes: “Fifteen percent of everything Jesus said is related to money and possessions. Our Lord made more reference to money…

Related: What Malachi Says About Tithing

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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…

Related: Fundraising – Transformational vs Transactional

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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…

Related: The Downside of Affluence

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Should You Encourage Your Members to Give Externally

  God is an extravagant giver! As Christians, we should realize the nature of God. One of the attributes of God is generosity. Being generous means the quality of being kind, and not being selfish. It is the willingness to help give money or other things of value. God is also gracious; He loves to shower us with blessings even if we do not deserve them. And being God's children, first and foremost, we should reflect the same nature of…

Related: Fundraising Fatigue?

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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…

Related: Fundraising – Transformational vs Transactional

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Church vision

Building a culture of generosity is no easy task. One of the foundational elements is building a compelling vision that your members will desire to be part of. God’s word says: "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."   - Proverbs 29:18 Sounds serious? Vision is that important, without it people have no purpose. Interestingly enough one of my observations as a financial planner was the negative impact that retirement had on…

Related: Organizing a Fundraising Dinner That Rocks

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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…

Related: The Downside of Affluence

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Reward for giving

Whenever we give gifts to our neighbor, do we sometimes think and expect to be rewarded for  doing a good thing? As Christians, we need to understand what it means to give graciously and willingly to people especially to those whom God leads us to bless. We need to realize that what we are giving to them is not necessarily ours. We are merely conduits of these blessings. We are stewards of what God gives us. Yes, God expects us…

Related: The Downside of Affluence

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What Generosity in Your Church Could Look Like

There is something special about generosity: it moves people. If there were a few things which could change our broken world, generosity would surely be one of them. I believe that for revival to come to Western nations, generosity must be one of the pillars in that rebuilding. Statistics clearly show that the Western Church is suffering from a “generosity shortfall.” But there is good news! When we take a look at the early Church we can see what is…

Related: Teaching Stewardship

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