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7 Tips for Improving Donor Stewardship

 By Andrew Olsen When I think about the word stewardship, I think of the responsibility of taking care of something that belongs to someone else. The responsibility of taking care of something that belongs to someone else.  Think about that for a minute.  How does this definition impact the way you think about donors’ gifts?  Will…

Does Your Faith Permeate Your Fundraising?

 By Wesley K. Willmer 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 values, because our values determine…

Rule 22: Think of a River Not a Well

There is no well to run dry; there’s only a river to pass you by.  By Douglas K. Shaw You’ve heard it; I know certainly I have, more times than I can count.  It usually pops out of somebody’s mouth when the topic of the appropriate number of times to mail fundraising appeals is on the table. …

May 6: Last Day to Register for the May CLA Online Academy

Big news because today, May 6,  is your last day to register for CLA Online Academy – May modules. Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) offers you a great new way to continue your leadership education online with CLA Online Academy. This learning experience is powered by the platform of Azusa Pacific Online University.  The combination of  this world class platform, rich…

The Steward Leader Who Kneels

By Mark L.Vincent Faithfulness is one of the foundations for an effective resource raising program. I’ve often summarized the faithful life of the steward as Generous God, Generous Life. On more than one occasion, when speaking on the subject, I’ve created a picture of how this is lived by kneeling with raised arms. This posture…

3 Components to Fruitful Christian Stewardship Campaigns

By Gary Hoag The goal of Christian stewardship campaigns is to rally people to participate with God in His work through prayer, service, giving, and social interaction. Done right, campaigns build interpersonal and virtual community! Because God’s Word contains no magic formula for success, how should we then lead? Research reveals that faithfulness to biblical…

Leading in the Glory-strength of God

By Tami Heim Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master,…

March 25, 2013: Last Day to Register for CLA Online Academy

Spring is in the air and today, March 25, is your last day to register for CLA Online Academy‘s spring quarter! Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) offers you a great new way to continue your leadership education online with CLA Online Academy. This learning experience is powered by the platform of Azusa Pacific Online University.  The combination…

Fundraising: Instinct vs Insight

By Andrew Olsen CFRE As a fundraiser you’ll have a lot of people offer you suggestions on how best to do your job.  Well intentioned board members, executive directors, program staffers, volunteers and supporters will, at one time or another, probably all give you suggestions (requested or not). Most of these suggestions are based on…

13 Ways to Engage Major Donors

By Andrew Olsen CFRE Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported that big gifts from major donors are on the decline.  Their analysis of recent studies confirms giving patterns of wealthy donors today mirror those of the Great Depression.  It’s likely this means you may have to delay or scale back expectations for major campaigns. But more than anything, it…

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