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A Ministry-focused Model By Wesley K. Willmer

What is a Ministry-focused Model for Raising Resources? In Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry  (Jossey-Bass), authors Tom Jeavons and Rebekah Basinger compare and contrast how a faith-based, ministry-focused model of raising resources is very different from a secular approach focused strictly on the bottom line. They concluded that it all boils down to…

Live Out Generosity By Cindy Finley

  The Seven “Cs: to Help You Live Out Generosity The season of generosity is upon us! And many of you know the statistics: Nearly one-third of all giving occurs in December. 28% of nonprofits raise between 26 and 50% of their annual funds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. 12% of all giving happens…

Development and Finance Teamwork By Winters Richwine

Development and Finance Teams Working Together Planned gifts like charitable trusts, charitable gift annuities, donor advised funds, etc. can be key sources of funding for Christian nonprofit organizations.  Because these types of gifts include ongoing interaction with donors, they can also be relationship builders for future gifts.  However, planned gifts are often complex and involve…

It’s Like Velcro By David Wollen

It’s Like Velcro . . . Multi-Channel Strategies and Why They Matter Velcro is a simple concept. It’s nothing more than hundreds of little plastic hooks on one side and corresponding loops on the other. Get one hook through one loop and you’ll get a little lift. Connect enough of them and you can pick…

Redefining Successful By Rich Haynie

Will you contemplate and adjust to a new definition of successful? Some years ago as the president of our organization and I were boarding the aircraft, he posed this question: “Rich, how do we know when we are successful?”  In context, he was referring to the donor visits we were making on this particular trip. …

Rich and Poor By Cameron Doolittle

How do we make sure that we do not honor the rich over the poor? Two Meetings, Two Perspectives In one week in Jakarta, I had two meetings: one with an Indonesian ministry leader, and one with an American lawyer. One kept asking for a grant and wouldn’t take no for an answer. The other…

Christian Leadership Alliance Member Spotlight: Westfall Gold

Christian Leadership Alliance Founder’s Council Member: Westfall Gold Westfall Gold is the nation’s leading innovator and implementer of major donor events with a proven history of more than 360 events that have generated $750 million. These event weekends bond your major donors to your mission by condensing a year’s worth of cultivation into one extraordinary,…

The Cycle of Contagious Generosity By Patrick Johnson

Applying the Cycle of Contagious Generosity Budget committees, fundraising goals, and donor campaigns are probably not the top three reasons you got into ministry. But they’re real, right? Because money issues often drive ministry decisions, we try to make sense of them with a linear paradigm of “x + y = z”. This annual giving…

Helping People By Dr. Gary Hoag

Helping People to Live Generously We can’t guide others to a place we ourselves have not been, so helping people develop a biblical mindset that shapes their generosity starts with you and me. Consider three words of wisdom that we’ve learned as a family for helping people. Hear and Do The Bible tells us repeatedly…

Millennials or Boomers? By Heather M. Day

We’re chasing Millennials…while Boomers need our attention! Who really does need the most attention, millennials or boomers? My birth year falls right on the cusp of two generations, and like any good marketeer, I use the published discrepancies to my advantage.  If I’m trying to impress someone younger and cooler than me, I’ll claim membership…

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