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.


 

5 Ways to Make Christmas More Meaningful for Your Donors

Watching a Christmas special on television, I got a little attitude. The program was cute, it had good acting, made me laugh a few times, but something really irked me. The writers had absolutely no clue about Christmas meaning or symbolisms. What bugged me even more was the blatant way the characters dismissed a church and choir from having any part to play in the impact of Christmas. You may have seen in recent Christian news that more people are proclaiming to be “unchurched”, non-church goers. And even less people are active Christ-followers. If you work with donors for any length of time... Read more...

How to Prepare for Capital Campaign Success

The key to your successful capital campaign is sitting in your boardroom. However, I cannot tell you if they’re ready. Sometimes I meet with ministry leaders that have forgotten the incredible opportunity the board has to impact their organization in tangible and profound ways. Many times, our boards get so focused on the day to day and other board duties. And we forget they were assembled to protect the mission and lead your organization to its fulfillment. Have you forgotten what a practical and influential role the board could play in helping your organization see its vision become a reality... Read more...

5 Helpful Donor Retention Ideas to Thank Your Donors

If you’re like most ministry executives, one of the greatest challenges you face is donor retention from one year to the next. You need to look no further than a few key statistics to see the problem many ministries face: A shockingly low 45% donor “retention” rate for all nonprofit organizations combined! (According to the Association for Fundraising Professionals) In a recent study of one ministry sector, Advocace found that the retention rate was 60%. In this same study, ministry executives ranked “retaining current donors” as the second highest fundraising challenge they face... Read more...

How do I unify and engage my board of directors?

Board of Directors. Just saying this name can induce all kinds of emotion, ranging from great discouragement to great inspiration. But, as a non-profit executive director, you have a great opportunity to set the tone and strike a balance that will allow you to productively collaborate with your board in the best interest of the ministry. Here is a list of things you can begin focusing on right now to help you change the tone of your board meetings... Read more...

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...