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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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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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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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Income Inequality OK

In American President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January 2014, he stated that during the remainder of his term, he will focus on income inequality in the country. It seems peculiar that the President considers income inequality as one of the most important issue in US society rather than economic growth or employment. This proves how income inequality has become a topic that caught the obsession of the political and cultural elites in the past few years.…

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Gospel at Work at Work

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The gospel at work

In the book of Mark, Jesus said to His disciples, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” What is the Gospel? It is the message of salvation and redemption through the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The greatest gift that one can ever receive is the gift of salvation, this is the…

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Christian Wealth TV (CWTV) - Episode 17 An interview with David Smith, Director, Genesis Charitable Foundation. How do you respond to ethical issues in business? David says, "As Christians, there should never be a question regarding black or white issues." The Bible clearly admonishes us to make a stand, even on the smallest things. In confusing situations, David says the company of wise counsel is a lifesaver.

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A lesson from the ant and his money

Have you heard of Aesop's fable about the grasshopper and the ant? The grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content one summer day when an ant passed by. It was carrying an ear of corn bigger than its size and it was on its way back to the nest. The grasshopper invited the ant to chat with him instead of working but the ant refused because it was saving up food for the winter. When winter…

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Your social media skills count!

Social media has changed everyone’s lifestyle, from the way we connect to people to the way we conduct business. Whatever state of mind you may be in, chances are you’ve shared it on Face-book. Whatever delectable food you stumbled upon, you’re tempted to post a picture of it on Insta-gram. When you’re too excited and can’t wait to share something you’re passionate about, you tweet it. And if you’re job hunting or want a career change, you must be in…

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