Posted on 8/27/2018 10:18 AM By Paul Virts (Advocace)
God’s first priority is getting your donors’ hearts—and their heads. That may sound strange to development staff members who feel the daily pressure of raising money for ministries.
Posted on 8/9/2018 6:01 AM By Paul Virts (Advocace)
Is the size of your donor-base shrinking, growing or stagnant? According to data in a recent study of numerous noncommercial Christian radio stations, executives report that while gift income is increasing, the number of active donors is decreasing.
Posted on 7/11/2018 6:00 AM By Paul Virts (Advocace)
A 4% DECREASE in gift income? Yes...So, what can you do to minimize the impact of tax code changes on giving to your ministry? How can you be prepared for that eventuality? Here are four steps...
Posted on 5/9/2018 6:00 AM By Paul Virts (Advocace)
Yes, acquiring new donors can feel like pulling teeth, but by using some well-thought-out strategies and tactics, you can manage that pain—and grow your station’s revenue.
Posted on 3/21/2018 6:00 AM By Paul Virts (Advocace)
You probably remember the 1989 Disney film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, in which a quirky scientist invents an electromagnetic shrinking machine and accidentally shrinks his kids and two neighbor teens to the size of insects...
Posted on 2/28/2018 6:00 AM By Paul Virts (Advocace)
Many Christian radio broadcasters have found that to accelerate funding to accomplish their God-inspired visions, they need to start a program to identify and attract major donors . . .
Posted on 1/10/2018 6:00 AM By Paul Virts (Advocace)
In a nationwide study of nearly 10,000 nonprofit organizations conducted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in 2016, on average only 46% of the donors who gave in 2015 also gave in 2016! AFP reports only 5% of their sample with retention rates above 68.5%.
Those are shocking numbers. A 46% retention rate in one year means an organization would have to replace 54% of their donors in the following year just to keep even with last year.
Posted on 11/15/2017 6:00 AM By Paul Virts (Advocace)
Jesus not only taught what it meant to be a servant-leader—He demonstrated what that meant in practical terms...
Posted on 10/11/2017 7:00 AM By Paul Virts (Advocace)
In my last two blogs, I discussed how we could lead like Jesus, the Good Shepherd, by being good shepherds to the people God called us to oversee. In this blog. we turn to another biblical word-picture for leaders: Stewards.
Posted on 9/1/2017 7:00 AM By Paul Virts (Advocace)
In light of the description of good shepherds in Psalm 23, John 10 and I Peter 5, you and I are faced with one major question: What kind of shepherds are we to the people God has called us to lead in ministry?