Welcome to "Raise Your Support"
Whether you are a new ministry staff member just getting started on the road of raising ministry support and developing transformational relationships with your ministry partners, or you are a "veteran" at this, we say welcome!
Here you will find a number of resources to help you get started (or stay on the path or get back on the path) of a spiritually vibrant, fully finded, passion filled ministry to and with your partners.
Needing some inspiration? Try some of these links
- Great books on partner / champion / supporter development
- Basic reading on core concepts
- Information about transformational giving concepts
- Training seminars and worshops to give foundational training
- Helpful blogs written by various authors and partner development experts
- Recommendations on some software tools to help you keep track of information and keep your development efforts "on track."
Here is some good reading to get you started
3 Things a Donor Absolutely Must Hear from You
There are 3 things that your donors need to hear from you. They absolutely must hear these things! And the sooner they hear them, and the more vividly and clearly the message is communicated, the better!
Don't Bring Donors a Problem ... Bring a solution
Many people approach donors with a "problem," and see the donor as the solution to that problem.
Turn that around. Instead of asking your donor to be the solution to your problem, why don't you become the solution to the donor's problem!
Here's how ...
Forging Strong Kingdom Partnerships
For many of us who raise the financial support needed to fund our ministries, it is very easy to get get caught up in a "money mindset." I need to raise money to do the ministry, and we often see the fund raising as a necessary evil.
The Nasty Habit of Ingratitude
Are you possibly guilty of the nasty habit of ingratitude? This article by a veteran missionary and fund raising trainer is a real challenge to all of us!
Why you should never ask for a "One Time" Gift
Have you ever asked a potential ministry partner for a "One Time Gift?" Read this article on why you should banish that phrase from your vocabulary!
Fund Raising is No Fun!
Mary dreaded opening the email when she saw who it was from and the subject line. She had been watching the family’s account slowly slipping onto the red during the last few months. Her husband, John, kept saying not to worry. She had insisted that he contact their supporters, but he had not done so.
What is a Major Donor?
Does a big gift make you a major donor?
Maybe. If all we want are donors and their money, then I guess a major gift would make you a major donor.
But if we want more than money and giving is about transformation and people, then big dollars are not the only standard of measurement.
In Transformational Giving donors become more than ATM’s, donors become champions of the cause. If this is the case then big gifts and big champions are not necessarily equal.