Fundraising Ethical Guidelines

In gratitude for the remission of sin and the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, the development professionals of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) seek to build God’s Kingdom through the causes they serve. Through their dedication they seek to inspire others. They are committed to the improvement of their professional knowledge and skills. They recognize their stewardship responsibility to ensure that needed resources are vigorously and ethically sought and that the intent of the donor is honestly fulfilled. They practice their profession with integrity, honesty, truthfulness, and adherence to the obligation to safeguard the trust that […]

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Fundraising Beliefs

Why do people give to congregations? How you answer this question makes a difference to your fundraising efforts. Luckily, while stewardship theologies vary, there is little mystery or doubt about the motivations behind generous giving. Successful fundraisers, religious and secular, share certain practical beliefs… Download the document to read the rest of the article

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Basics of Fundraising and Donor Relations

Donor relations is all about building a relationship, creating a romance.  People give from their hearts.  When they fall in love with your organization and your mission, they will give.  Donors are your friends.  Care about them and invest in them as you would your friends.  Get to know all about them, and their families.  Treat them with kindness, respect, and honour.  Cultivating a relationship with a donor is a romance – and romantic relationships begin with low-key contact (go out for coffee) and then move toward more serious contact (dinner and subsequent dates).  Donor relations are a lot like […]

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10 Laws of Fundraising

Technology may have opened grand new horizons for fundraising programs, but there’s much to said for the time-proven wisdom of years past, including the following 10 laws (bold face, Richardson; plain face, Generous Matters)… Download the document to read the rest of the article

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Seven Deadly Sins of Church Stewardship

“I have come to know my congregation well enough to know that I can preach about sex anytime, and I can preach about politics most of the time, but I still can’t preach about money anytime.”  This sentiment sums up the challenge faced by many pastors across North American churches.  How did we get to the place where preaching and teaching on money and stewardship was viewed so negatively?  Why is it so hard for us to talk openly and honestly about our possessions, our spending habits and our giving decisions in our houses of worship?  When Jesus mentioned money […]

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Pursuing Kingdom Outcomes

Kingdom Outcomes are the Result of Obedience to God’s Directing Kingdom Outcomes Embody Kingdom Values Kingdom Outcomes Glorify God ​Download the document to read the rest of the article

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My Favourite Fundraising Story from Scripture

Here is my favorite fund raising story from Scripture.  I do not think it is often viewed as a story about faithful asking and generous giving.  The story comes from Luke, Chapter 19 beginning at the 28th verse. “And after Jesus had said this he went on ahead going up to Jerusalem.  As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives he sent two disciples saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you and as you enter it you will find a colt tied there which no one has ever ridden.  Untie it […]

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Five Things They Never Told Me About Christian Fundraising

What’s so Christian about the way we do our fundraising?  Is Christian fundraising nothing more than secular fundraising with some Bible verses strewn throughout our appeal letters?  I have been wrestling with these questions over my career wanting to understand what our Christian theology has to do with our fundraising strategies and techniques.  As a result, I discovered five things that I believe mark us as distinctly Christian fundraisers, and change dramatically the way we carry out our work.  Things I wish I had learned a lot earlier… Download the document to read the rest of the article

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