Become a Disciple of Accountability

I recall experiences as a Financial Management Consultant where I would be evaluating a Christian Non-profit and I would ensure I would be there early enough to join the staff in their time of devotion and prayer and sometimes testimonies. Very enriching times indeed spiritually for me. However, as I went into my governance and financial management evaluation work, I would be shocked as the issue of accountability would surely rise. I would think it is an oversight or lack of knowledge but as I went on seeking explanations in most cases it was blatant lack of accountability. What happened […]

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Importance of Fund Raisers Being Leaders

Fund Raisers are Leaders Often fund raisers have the wrong mindset to be effective for what God has called them to do. Instead of having the mindset of a leader they tend to have the mindset of a vendor selling a product. We need to change our mindset to that of a leader providing leadership to people. There are three approaches to fund raising, which I detail in my book “Art of Fund Raising”. One aims at the heart or the emotions of the donor and presents him a heart rending need faced by people and makes the appeal for funds. […]

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Three Battles Every Leader Must Win

Leadership is a journey along a path strewn with obstacles that challenge us to stop or retreat back to where we came. We must face and overcome them if we are to lead our people forward toward success.  Steward leaders engage in these ‘battles’ on behalf of their people.  Victory begins with us if it is to be experienced by the people we lead and the organizations we serve. In the spiritual realm the stakes in these battles are even higher as the enemy seeks to render us ineffective in our work. I will lift up three of these battles […]

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Generosity of Spirit – It’s the heart of great leaders

A generous spirit is more than just a mark of a great leader; it is the heart of a great leader. Without generosity of spirit, your life and leadership will leave an empty wake behind you instead of a rich legacy. In The Generosity Factor, S. Truett Cathy, Founder of Chick-Fil-A, and Ken Blanchard comment that the transformation of the heart requires us, “To move from success to significance, from wealth to generosity, from achievement to service, and from status to relationships.”[1]  But how does that transformation take place?  How do we cultivate true generosity of spirit?  We believe it […]

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How to win a giver

In the last blog, I explained that excellent fundraising is about winning donors, not just “getting the money” and I gave an example of a ministry leader who asked me for a big amount with a short deadline for a personal project. It was an “ask” that was out of alignment. Winning new donors is always a challenge. But with the right approach, you can do it and watch your donor base grow.  In over 30 years of ministry fundraising experience, I’ve learned a few basic principles that might be helpful to you. Get properly introduced and endorsed from credible […]

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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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