Fundraising for Christian Higher Education

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


 

How to Prepare for Possible Cuts in Your School's Government Funding

During Summer 2016 a California legislator dropped a bomb on the Christian college community across the country. In the bill, the legislator proposed several measures that would cut state education grant money to students who attend colleges with discriminatory practices or beliefs. The measure was directly aimed at those colleges whose views on human sexuality are contrary to those of state leaders. After a public outcry, the bill was withdrawn, but the legislator warned that further legislative action would be proposed in the future. Recently I’ve interviewed many Christian higher education... Read more...

How to Keep Your Valuable Donors Long-Term

How often are you updating your donors on the progress of your ministry? Statistics tell us the main reason donors stop giving to a ministry is that they have no idea how their funds are used. This means putting together a communication plan that schedules donor asks AND schedules ministry updates, is very important. The added benefit of updating your donors is that it not only keeps them excited about what you are accomplishing; it also holds the ministry accountable to tracking progress made toward its vision. 3 Ways to Update Donors Let’s take a few moments and discuss three ideas you can... Read more...

4 Steps to Team Accountability that Will Impact Your Bottom Line

In recent interviews about donor development, presidents of leading Christian ministries either used or alluded to one key concept: Accountability. They specifically felt concern with the perceived lack of accountability in many organizations’ major donor development programs. If we find factual truth to the presidents’ perceptions, it points to the lack of understanding that accountability is a fundamental concept through the Scriptures. We see examples in Scripture—from God punishing Adam and Eve for disobedience, to Jesus assessing the quality of His disciples’ ministry, to the Apostle Paul... Read more...

How to Turn Your Students into Faithful Alumni Donors

Do your students have a lot of money? Probably not. But, involving them in a culture of stewardship at your school can help them grow into faithful stewards and Major Donors. Watch my two-minute video below for three ways to build alumni donors at your school. Then, visit our Higher Education Page. You’ll find a lot of helpful tools, blogs and videos there to help your school grow! Here’s another video that can help you as you grow your Major Gift program—Three Stages of a Major Gift Call. Watch Three Stages of a Major Gift Call>> Read more...

3 Powerful Ways to Engage Your Alumni

Alumni involvement is the life-blood of growth for higher education. So a decreasing trend of alumni involvement across the board at U.S. colleges and universities is a matter of considerable concern. Though contributions to the nation’s colleges and universities reached a historic high according to an annual survey conducted by the Council for Aid to Education, unfortunately alumni participation declined. Another major survey of alumni zeroed in on one of the major reasons for this decline. Alumni pointed to the “under-delivering on alumni benefits”, and at the same time, over-soliciting alumni... Read more...

How to Implement The 80/20 Rule at Your School

Watch my 1 minute video below to hear what the 80/20 Rule entails and how Advocace can help your school put it into practice this year! After watching, comment below and let me know how your school is connecting with your community and alumni to achieve the 20%. Or you can always give me a call at (803) 673-6513 or send me an email here. I can’t wait to talk with you about your school’s vision and how the 80/20 Rule can help you reach your goals. Read more...

Facing the Challenges against Christian Higher Education

Our world is changing, faster than most of us can keep up, I would guess. The impact of these changes are both present day and future. Higher education has been shifting as an unsure economic and political cloud moves in over this country. Even in the private sector, Christian institutions are facing some very serious issues. They struggle with financial health and long-term viability, college costs, technology and infrastructure, cultural wars, religious liberty issues, and student debt—to name a few. How Do We Respond? We could sit in scared circles and talk about our concerns until we are... Read more...

What is Your Vision for Your College or University?

Challenge: Succinctly answer one question: What is your college or university’s Vision? If this takes more than a moment to answer, there is work to be done. People with VisionIn the 1960’s, many secular colleges and universities were an integral part of the anti-establishment, “counter-culture” movement in American sociology. The basis of some of the tenants of that cultural shift were arguably positive (such as non-discrimination and equal rights, care of the environment, and freedom of speech and assembly). Many other facets arguably contributed to a decline in the fabric of our traditional... Read more...