30 May “Help, I’m Not Good At Fundraising!”
“For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action” (2 Corinthians 9:2).
“Help, I’m Not Good At Fundraising!”
Peter served as a board member of a youth ministry that was launching a capital campaign. The ministry leaders asked him to chair the major gifts committee. Peter responded, “I’m not good at fundraising.” Instead, he committed to match every gift dollar for dollar. Then Peter emailed his friends and asked them to join him. His first friend gave $200,000; the second gave $300,000. Soon they reached their $3 million goal.
Peter’s ministry friends teased him, “You’re a pretty good fundraiser after all. In fact, you’re better than all of us combined.”
Spur One Another On
When Paul raised relief funds for the Jerusalem church, the believers in Corinth were the first to respond and promised to give more. Paul shared their eagerness with all the other churches in Achaia and their generosity encouraged most of them to get involved. Hebrews 10:24 teaches, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
Show Enthusiasm & Passion
Enthusiasm begets more enthusiasm. Tell your ministry impact stories with zeal. Then when God blesses you with a major gift, celebrate your donor’s generosity testimony. Encourage your donors to spur on their friends to join them in supporting your compelling case. Many people need a gentle nudge to part with their resources; a sacrificial gift inspires others toward generosity.
The most effective fundraisers on your team might not be those with professional skills, they might simply be those with passion.
Have a Spirit-led fundraising week,
Ron Haas, Vice President for The Timothy Group, has also served the Lord as a pastor, the vice president of advancement of a Bible college, a Christian foundation director, a board member and a fundraising consultant. He’s authored two books: Ask for a Fish – Bold Faith-Based Fundraising and Simply Share – Bold, Grace-Based Giving. He regularly presents fundraising workshops at ministry conferences and has written fundraising articles for At the Center magazine and Christian Leadership Alliance’s Outcomes magazine.