[Originally posted on Dickerson-Bakker.com on March 10, 2016 and repurposed for advocace.com.]
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 appeals?
Here are three things should mark us as distinctly Christian fundraisers, and have a dramatic impact on the way we carry out our work…
Faith-based, not Sales-led
God’s people give to God’s work as the Spirit of God leads them. We may agree with this in our hearts, but approach our work as though it’s really all up to us. When we ask people to pray over their decision, we must be sincere in leaving the decision in God’s hands. We must do our work well by making clear presentations and a definite ask for support. But we do not ‘close the sale.’
Transformational, not Transactional
If we ask our donors to make a transactional giving decision, we’ll fail b ...Read more »