Sadly, many missionary newsletters today are filled with descriptions of activities, conferences attended or projects worked on—okay, but can you also answer the two questions?Read More
How Would Your Staff Answer?
I use to say intellectual, but I changed my mind after writing national direct mail appeals. I quickly learned that intellect and logic alone do not inspire givers nearly as much as logic plus emotion. People make giving decisions with their hearts.
Even Moses' tabernacle givers were those with "stirred hearts."
And everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit moved him came and brought the Lord's contribution (Exodus 35:21-22)
The end of a calendar year is an ideal time to accelerate your fundraising. In some cultures, year-end giving brings about 30% of the total giving for the year. Here are some common questions I have been asked over the years about year-end appeals…Read More
Last week a giving-partner, Gary, wrote to say he “reads every one of our newsletters.” Realizing that I do not read “every one” of the ministry newsletters I receive, I asked him why he takes his valuable time to read my newsletters. In his own words:Read More
Last week, I accompanied a missionary friend I am coaching on a fundraising appointment. As I listened to him present his dazzling vision, it occured to me that I did not hear the three toxic phrases. It was refreshing.
How about you? Do these toxic words come out of your mouth or your computer?Read More
3. I don't care about what you did on your family vacation or Jiggles the cat.Read More
2. I Rarely Hear From You Unless You Need MoneyRead More
1. I wish you were a better writer (I don't read your letters much).Read More
In a day of information overload, many missionaries neglect a maxim from Dawson Trotman, founder of The Navigators:
"Don't do what others can and will do."Read More