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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.


 

Why is it so important to guard your database?

The hallway led to a back room, grey walls and no windows. In the corner of the quiet room was a desk with a computer and the staff member diligently typing. The leader touring me through, led me out and, almost in passing, said quietly, “That is just our database department.” Discussing the problems of getting people to donate to her organization, the leader’s obvious frustration was seen on her furrowed brow. When I asked her which database she uses, the size of the donor base and the reporting used, she muttered, “I have no clue.”  These are the types of answers I get over and over. In leadership... Read more...

Do you want to give to "need" or "vision for growth"?

Let me ask you, where would you prefer to invest your money? In a needy company who is struggling for continued existence? Or a growing company with a vision for even greater expansion? Do you want buy stock in Sears or Amazon? In general, people like being on a winning team. They’re attracted to accomplishment and growth. The excitement of achievement is contagious – but so is the fear of failure. Do you believe it excites donors to give when you use only words that invoke “need”, or “dread”, or speak of avoiding a bad outcome if help isn’t provided immediately? If you do get a financial... Read more...

Here are 5 Ways to Build Significant Donor Relationships

Development officers, we are notorious for missing the point—at least I can be. It is so easy to fall into the pressure and excitement of fundraising and minimize our job to just raising money. Perhaps this is why I often run into discouragement and burnout in the field. Focusing all your efforts on fundraising for “the next big thing” is like being trapped on a gerbil wheel. You were created for more than that. Development officers are relationship builders. Imagine how well that fits into God’s plan. We all crave healthy relationships, don’t we? In this age of instant connectivity through... Read more...

Want to know where your major donors may be hiding?

Some of your donors who could give more to help you grow your ministry’s impact may be pulling a “King Saul”. Remember the story? After Samuel had anointed Saul King of Israel, he couldn’t be found when it came time for his public coronation (1 Samuel 9:9-10:22). The Lord revealed his whereabouts saying, “He has hidden himself among the baggage!” Pretty funny, especially when you consider the writer’s later comment, “As he [Saul] stood among the people, he was a head taller than any of the others.” Some of your major donor prospects might be like Saul, hiding “among the suitcases”! Or, more... Read more...

Want to hear about my dreams that are “slow in coming”?

My husband, Stanley, and I have big dreams. We go on “dream walks” (now fewer and farther between with a 1 year old in tow) and talk about how one day we want to own a coffee shop, open a hotel in India, write books…just to name a few. There are a lot more! But, if I’m not careful I get frustrated that all of these dreams aren’t happening right now. I want to give up on them and write them off as impossible. Or I get paralyzed by the weight of the dreams. Read more...

How can you make prospecting more effective?

For the majority of development professionals prospecting is a critical element of your job that often isn’t met with much enthusiasm. Let's talk about is how you can actually make any kind of prospecting much more effective. So, watch my video for 5 Action Steps that you can start applying today. Read more...