Based pm a three-year, nationwide study of Christian orgaizations whose efforts are successful both in raising needed financial or material resources and in encouraging the spiritual development of their donors, this book identifies key characteristics that enable fundraising to function on both levels at once. This book also explores in detail how Christian development staff, exectutives, and board members can
- make faith-building opportunities for donors their first priority
- act on their confidence in God's abundance
- share their resources and wisdom with other organizations
- draw from their theological tradition in their approach to fundraising
- involve a vital cross-section of staff in planning
- cultivate spiritually mature leadership
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.
THOMAS H. JEAVONS H. is general secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of FriAnds. 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 indepAndent 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.
"Most Christians who raise money say they want to serve, love, and nurture their donors. Finally, here is a book which can turn that desire into reality." (Robert C. Andringa, president, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities)
"Practical and inspirational. A book for organizational leaders and fundraisers of faith-based groups, large and small, as well as for donors and people of faith." (Kara Newell, executive director, American FriAnds Service Committee)
"This is not a how-to-do-it, but rather a why-to-do-it written for (church) leaders...and excellent resource..." (charityvillage.com, 8/01)