The Spirituality of Fundraising

The Spirituality of Fundraising

Fundraising, Resource Review, Workbook
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (Upper Room Ministries and the Henri Nouwen Society, 2004) This booklet is an edited transcription of a tape of an informal, heartfelt talk about fundraising. The speaker was Henri Nouwen—priest, author, and renowned professor. From the influence of Don McClanen and the Ministry of Money, Nouwen’s own view of fundraising had grown from perceiving it as a necessary evil to recognizing it as a form of ministry, ministry that builds inclusive community. He believed fundraising involves proclamation of both a vision and an opportunity to engage in mission, an invitation to do so, and spiritual conversion—for both givers and receivers. His message was grounded in his own understanding of the spirituality of relationship—relationship between donor and receiver, relationship between givers and their money, and relationship…
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Fund Raising Realities Every Board Member Must Face: A One-Hour Crash Course on Raising Major Gifts for Nonprofit Organizations

Fund Raising Realities Every Board Member Must Face: A One-Hour Crash Course on Raising Major Gifts for Nonprofit Organizations

Fundraising, Resource Review
by David Lansdowne (Emerson & Church Publishers, 2007) Review by David F. Johnson, retired associate for stewardship resources for the Presbyterian Church (USA) Fundraising in the church mostly turns me off. The reason? I feel that giving to the church should be a natural response to the free gift of grace given to us by God. The problem with this is that generosity is not that simple. I suspect most church members are still not fully convinced of God’s grace. That’s an enormous generality, but it may explain why church leaders need the advice of an expert on fundraising. What I found helpful in this book were the necessary prerequisites that must be in place if a fund drive is to be successful. These prerequisites should be present in a…
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Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry

Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry

Fundraising, Giving, Resource Review, Theology
by Thomas H. Jeavons and Rebekah Burch Basinger. (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2000), ISBN: 0-7879-4829-2, 211 pp., $22.95US, hardcover. Review by Michael Meier, director for leadership development, Stewardship Team, Division for Congregational Ministries, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. There are those who insist on a wall of separation between “stewardship” and “fundraising.” Proponents of this view tend to value “stewardship” highly and denigrate “fundraising” as something not only separate, but also distinctly inferior. The authors of this volume might succeed in causing such “separationists” to rethink their derisive certainties. The authors intend to show how Christian fundraising can and should be ministry. They believe fundraising not only should raise funds, but also empower spiritual growth within its participants. (See “Aim for the Heart: Fundraising as Ministry”). As…
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