Growing donors – the real bottom line of fundraising

A ministry leader from a developing country recently connected with me through a social media website. His first communication was to ask me for funds for a personal project that would benefit one his family members. While the project was important to him, it seemed as if the only reason he wanted my social media “friendship” was to ask for money, as if he thinks I have a lot of it. And he wanted the gift right now. Now, I try to be sensitive to the Lord’s leading in these matters and I don’t get offended by people asking. But […]

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Stop Giving!

A biblical reflection on Exodus 35:1 – 36:7 All over the world, many organisations and companies are looking for ways to develop more resources. Many are eager to post more profit for the benefit of their shareholders and not-for-profit organisations are sourcing for more resources to meet their goals and fulfil the purposes for which they were established. Christian organisations are not left out in the desire to have enough, even more than enough resources to meet their needs and accomplish great things for God. Foundations that are set up for the purpose of giving to Christian causes are also […]

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Cultures, Giving and the Scriptures

Cultural tolerance and equality are high values in Canadian culture.[1] So even though I enjoy hearing from other cultures, I’ve had my head turned time and again through the excellent coaching of the international voices that make up the Ministry Fundraising Network (MFN). I find their “new-to-me” inspirations from the Scriptures refreshing and their views on giving and fundraising capable of breathing new life into my work in the ministry of fundraising. Being connected to the MFN continuously reminds me that the Gospel is in great hands in much of our world today and we need to give public voice to […]

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One Essential Truth of Generosity

Who is the most generous person you know? After three decades of stewardship ministry I’ve met a lot of wonderful givers, but the most generous people I’ve ever known are my own mom and dad. It’s not the size of their gifts that makes them the most generous. There are plenty of other people who have bigger bank accounts and write much larger checks. It’s their consistent acts of generosity that is remarkable. They love to serve others, to meet a need, to satisfy a want, to share their abundance and let others know they are loved. They give money […]

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Giving is for everyone

I recently heard the testimony of a pastor who took his youth group to Guatemala on a mission trip. They visited the trash dump on the outskirts of town and met the people who make their living by picking through the garbage. Later, they visited a local church where the people from the dump would gather for a meal every day—a meal freely provided by the church. When the pastor asked how this outreach ministry was funded (assuming of course, that funding for such a ministry would come from donors in the USA or wealthier people in Guatemala), he was […]

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