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Growing Givers’ Hearts Treating Fundraising as Ministry


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by Rebekah Burch Basinger and Thomas H. Jeavons

Here for the first time is a truly spiritual way of looking at fundraising as an opportunity to nurture current and prospective donors and facilitate their growth in faith. Growing Givers’ Hearts explores how development staff, executives, and board members from across the theological spectrum can make faith-building opportunities for donors their first priority; act on their confidence in God’s abundance; draw from their theological tradition in their approach to fundraising; involve a vital cross-section of staff in planning; and cultivate spiritually mature leadership.

With this innovative approach, Growing Givers’ Hearts empowers readers to work in spiritually grounded, deeply creative, and professionally satisfying ways. Fundraisers in any Christian organization will find extraordinary insights in this important guide.

About the Authors

Thomas H. Jeavons is a former general secretary of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. He was founding director of the Center on Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University and has served in staff and board positions with several nonprofit organizations.

Rebekah Burch Basinger is an independent consultant in fundraising and stewardship education. She has served on the administrations of three church-related colleges and directed a Lilly Endowment-funded project on fundraising effectiveness for the Council for Christian Churches and Universities.


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