Barbara was born in Canada to a first-generation immigrant family. She believes that biblical fundraising connects incarnational believers to generous giving of their influence, time, skills, and possessions toward the outreach efforts of an Acts 1:6-8 church. She has worked with nonprofits in well over 50 countries, now more often through on-line training and support in her advising business, Give Way Visioneering.

Barbara worked for TWR (Trans World Radio) from 1999 after learning corporate, volunteer, and event fundraising during employment at a city art gallery in Canada. She served as US Church Ministries Director, TWR Europe Director of Marketing and Development, and TWR’s Global Fund Development Strategist, working with TWR’s ministry leaders from around the world to encourage biblical generosity, stewardship, missions and local fundraising as they take the gospel to the whole world by mass media.

Barbara now represents The Gideons International in Canada|ShareWord Global in Canada's Maritimes and Quebec as a Global Development Officer. She has a BS in business administration with a concentration in International Business (Meredith College 2017) and an MA in Organizational and Global Leadership (York College 2019). Barbara and her husband, Steve, enjoy living in Maritime Canada near their two children and four grandchildren.

Posts by Barbara Shantz:

When Your Fundraising Isn’t “Working”…

Posted on: 18 Feb 2021

Writers who are “stuck” call it “writer’s block;” actors say that they’re “in a drought” and jazz musicians who suddenly can’t play well say that they’ve “lost their mojo.” Hockey players are “dusters” when they’re not asked to play in a game and other sports stars get “in a slump.” Every profession carries with it periods of non-action and even failure. Sometimes in the ministry of fundraising for God’s Kingdom, we take ourselves too seriously. Perhaps we began by envisioning that since we’re bringing in funds for Christ – of course, every day will be successful, right? When you find […]

Is Fundraising Part Of Your Ministry’s Culture?

Posted on: 01 Jun 2020

Is fundraising part of your ministry’s culture? No? Perhaps this is the scenario: A new fundraiser has just started at a ministry and someone walks up to them and says, “Wow; am I glad YOU’RE here! We need you!” The new person smiles politely but can’t wait to step aside to roll their eyes because everyone is in for a sad surprise. Worse: A well-meaning fundraiser smiles and pretends that they ARE the answer to the ministry’s problem. Then they try to be what is expected – a magician – as they go through their list of contacts, get a […]

Do You Ever Want To Quit Fundraising?

Posted on: 27 Aug 2019

Recovering From An Embarrassing Mistake

Posted on: 12 Aug 2019

It’s Not That Hard

Posted on: 15 Jul 2019

Will I Lose Friends If I Fundraise?

Posted on: 01 Jul 2019

Going Straight To The Lord With Your Concerns

Posted on: 24 Jun 2019

The Most Challenging Part Is The Ask

Posted on: 17 Jun 2019

Ministry In Fundraising

Posted on: 03 Jun 2019

After meeting with people, pray with them about their lives.

Trusting God When We Fall Short

Posted on: 27 May 2019