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 Read more

The Spiritual Side of Fundraising

Henri Nouwen, a Catholic theologian, has a small booklet entitled the “Spirituality of Fundraising,” which I require my fundraising class to read. It never ceases to impact the readers in the way they view fundraising as a spiritual activity. Viewed as a ministry, Nouwen says that “fundraising is as spiritual Read more

The concept of Firstfruits

Along with the principle of tithing is that of “firstfruits.” They go hand in hand. In Proverbs 3:9, the Israelites were commanded to “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of your crops.” But what exactly are firstfruits? Leviticus 23:9-14 institutes the firstfruits offering. The people were to Read more

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 Read more