Is Your Ministry a Distraction?

Strange question, I know. Ministry is most often looked upon as being something good and holy. Normally, we are cautioned about not allowing outside distractions into our ministry lives, but rarely are we cautioned about how ministry itself can become a distraction. Ministry can be a distraction to our family life. I remember when I […]

9 Mistakes to Avoid at a Funding Request Appointment

You’ve been diligent and patient to build a relationship with a prospective ministry financial partner and have arrived at the point where you believe you have earned the right to ask them to financially support your ministry. Before you meet your prospect be sure to review the following list of mistakes to avoid making! Not […]

The Lost Art of Note Writing

Wanda is a rare person. So rare, in fact, that she’s only one of a hand-full of  ministry leaders I know who does what she does. And what she does is so simple yet has such a great impact. Wanda is a “note writer”…specifically, a “thanks for your financial support” kind of note writer. For […]

Fundraising for Non Profits – A Bad Economy and Your Fundraising

The latest Giving Report information from the Giving USA Foundation has given some very interesting numbers during this time of economic challenges. The total giving to non-profits is just over  $300 billion  annually. Giving in what has been described as the worst economic climate since the Great Depression exceeded $300 billion for the second year […]

Fundraising Training – Are You a Successful Fundraiser?

As fundraisers, we really want to succeed, so we implicitly define fundraising as follows: Successful fundraising = How much money was raised This definition assumes that the result alone is what drives the success.  While money is certainly an important metric I don’t believe that it is the most critical one. It is impossible for […]