8 Fundraising Resolutions for 2019

Wherever in the world you are reading this, take heart – your donors are waiting for you! 2019 is upon us and with it comes the annual challenges that we as fundraisers face every year, the challenge to fund more and deliver more for our respective causes. Fundraising is relentless but – wherever we live and wherever we fundraise and whatever cause we fundraise for – it doesn’t have to be daunting. Here are 8 principles that will help you manage your fundraising this year. There may be more, there will be others, but just pick those that fit with […]

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A Community of Giving and Receiving

(The following is excerpted from Rob Martin’s upcoming book, When Money Goes on Mission: Fundraising and Giving in the 21st Century by Moody Publishers) When money “goes on mission,” it travels in the form of financial gifts, carried along in the pockets of those who spend it on the ordinary things of life and ministry so they can do the extraordinary things God has called them to do… In general, money passing from one person to another is a transaction, nothing more than an exchange of something of value for something of value in return. However, unlike everyday financial transactions, […]

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Encouraging Global Generosity. A Perspective from Latin America

This is a topic I have been thinking a lot about in recent years, which is why my MA thesis was focused on this topic. I see now the title of the thesis and think it is too long, but here it is: “WHAT CHALLENGES DO LATIN MISSION LEADERS FACE WHEN RAISING FUNDS LOCALLY AND WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DEVELOP RESOURCE MOBILIZATION CAPACITY?” in other words, how can we help develop more capacity or strength in expressions of local generosity. I presented some reflections The Church from all the continents must actively participate in the blessing of giving […]

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Giving and Generosity

Is giving something to someone else always an act of generosity? What qualifies giving of our time, talent, or treasure as generosity. I have many times given some candy to my children to “calm” them down, to restore the peace, or to distract them. More recently, I volunteered to “serve”, but I was actually intending to expand my network of business contacts by giving of my time. What is the difference in the stories of Barnabas, the Levite, from the island of Cyprus who sold a field he owned, and that of Ananias and his wife Sapphira who also sold […]

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Accountability and Generosity

The connection between accountability and generosity can be traced back to the biblical pattern set by the Apostle Paul in his international orchestration of the Jerusalem collection from A.D. 53-58. In his correspondence, we find these four practical points for modern application. I suggest God’s workers all over the world follow Paul’s example to promote accountability and encourage greater generosity. Provide Consistent Directions for God’s People – Notice Paul did not beg for money, which would imply they were owners of financial resources. Instead, he taught them basic financial stewardship. He instructed people set aside whatever extra they earn to […]

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