“I learned what I must have forgotten somewhere in my busy, well-planned, and very ‘useful’ life. I learned that everything that is, is freely given by the God of love. All is grace. Light and water, shelter and food, work and free time, children, parents and grandparents, birth and death — it is all given to us. Why? So that we can say gracias, thanks: thanks to God, thanks to each other, thanks to all and everyone.”
Christine Pohl, Associate Provost and Professor of Church in Society at Asbury Theological Seminary, fromLiving Into Community: Celebrating Practices That Sustain Us
Ms. Annie Allen, A national minister for the Communities of Shalom at Drew University Theological School, wrote a succinct and very insightful article for the Black Catholic Newsletter for the National Black Catholic Congress entitled, Fundraising as Ministry: Vision, Invitation and Conversion. I appreciated Ms. Allen’s explanation of the relationship between vision, invitation, and conversion in this context. Click here to read the article.
I thought the post by Kivi Leroux Miller on her Nonprofit Marketing Guide blog at the following link was very helpful … plus there are links to additional resources throughout the post. Just click on the following post to Tips for Effective Stewardship of Individual Donors if you’re interested in learning about and applying these useful tips. Check out her blog for all kinds of helpful information and resources for nonprofit marketers and fundraisers.
The so-called 10 laws of fundraising remain important reminders and guidelines for all of us engaged in this important ministry. Despite all the changes that have and continue to develop in technology, social media, and electronic communication, it’s good to know that these principles remain unchanged.
While cleaning out a file cabinet that hasn’t been touched for several years, I came across “The Ten Immutable Laws of the (Fundraising) Universe,” dated 2003. Scanning the list, I’m reminded that the more things change in our world, the more they stay the same.
In his preface to the 10 laws, author Carl Richardson describes the universe of fundraising as “guided by certain provable statements. Tested by experience, observation, and results, these laws of fundraising determine to a large extend the success of our efforts.”
Technology may have opened grand new horizons for fundraising programs, but there’s much to said for the time-proven wisdom of years past, including the following 10 laws (bold face, Richardson; plain face, me).
Law #1: No group of individuals is waiting to give (also known as the Law of the Nonexistent They). We’ve got to be out there, beating the bushes, taking…
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