Day 12:16 pm

  • Fundraising beliefs: true and false

    In a recent article published by the Alban Institute, Dan Hotchkiss takes an incisive look at beliefs that direct fundraising efforts in congregations.

    “At the risk of oversimplifying, people give money away for two main reasons: to extend their own accomplishments and to bond with a community.

    Dan Hotchkiss

    The article reviews four beliefs that are optimistic, wishful, and mistaken”.

    1. A unified stewardship drive is better than a lot of special appeals.”
    2. “Donors want their gifts kept secret.”
    3. “Only evangelicals can ask people to tithe.”
    4. “Faith and gratitude are the most important influence on people’s giving.”

    To read the full article, click here.

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  • Twenty statements about giving

    In an earlier post I referred to the “Nurturing Generous Giving” workshops that I began offering in 2012.  At the beginning of each program I asked participants to complete an exercise in three steps:

    • In the first step they completed a worksheet by themselves, without discussion.  The sheet contained twenty statements about giving, with the introductory phrase “In our congregation today . . .”  Participants checked off one of three boxes after each statement, labelled “agree”, “disagree” and “don’t know”.
    • In the second step, they discussed their responses with the other people at their table (often people from their own congregation).
    • In the third step we collected the responses to each question from the entire group, by show of hands .

    All of the statements are about matters of fact, and people’s responses reflect whether they believe them to be true.

    In future posts I am going to report on some of the more interesting results from the exercise

    If you wish to complete the survey before reading what other people said, click on this link.

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