Grow Your Ministry With These Blogs

If you want to improve performance of your ministry in fundraising, increase ministry growth toward a big vision or lead your organization with confidence, these articles can accelerate your journey.  Advocace consultants, researchers and editors post counsel, advice and direction to help Christian ministries grow.  See for yourself by clicking on these articles--a part of Advocace's commitment to pro bono encouragement and education of Christian ministry leaders.


 

2 Easy Ways to Say Thank You on Your Donor's Receipt

Thanking donors is an important integral part of good donor development. But, if you’re a small non-profit shop, it may be hard to find ways to personalize receipt statements and turn them into warm thanks. This can be especially true if you have an antiquated database system or no database system at all! There are a few simple ways around this problem. Let me give you two easy to implement ideas. Write handwritten notes. You can write these notes on the actual statements expressing your thanks. They don’t have to be long. A simple sentence conveying appreciation works just fine. Are there too... Read more...

How long will it take to complete my capital campaign?

Capital Campaigns can take on a flow of their own as you are trying to complete the process. One question that I hear is, “How long is it going to take?”  Well, that is such a variable question. To answer that, you need to answer several other questions. Watch my 2-minute video for the four questions you need to ask... Read more...

Want to know why your gift income has stopped growing?

One of the most frequently cited reasons for gift income plateaus or decreases in a broadcast ministry is that donors are bombarded with requests for gifts from many ministries. It’s easy to conclude that donors spread their gifts around and dilute their giving to any one organization. But, does research back up this reason? Data from two studies suggests, for most stations, that is not a major problem. In Advocace’s Listener-Supported Radio Development Outlook (LSRDO) 2017 study, Christian radio station executives ranked the importance of 17 possible fundraising challenges. On average, they... Read more...

How can you get your donors more excited about your station?—Part 2

How passionate are your donors about your radio ministry? Do they give every once in a while because they benefit from your programming, or do they really “buy into” your ministry more deeply? One way to gauge donors’ passion is by asking them what priority they place on giving to your ministry compared to other causes they support (other than their local church). In Finney Media’s recent nationwide survey of Christian radio listeners to all major programming formats (Why Listen 2018), donors were asked what priority they place on giving to the ministry that sent them the questionnaire. Priority... Read more...