Have you heard of William Thompson, AKA Lord Kelvin? He was a brilliant thermodynamics scientist who in 1848 discovered the temperature at which molecules get so cold that they refuse to move.Read More
In my early ministry I struggled with “asking for money.” My conscience plagued me: If I truly trusted God, I would not need to lower myself to ask. Plus, I did not relish the idea of people saying “NO!”Read More
Most giving partners do not automatically increase their support every couple years. Asking giving partners to upgrade is just as time-consuming as going after new donors.Read More
Now is the time to plan your end-of-year/start-of-new-year fundraising. Too many mission-workers wait until December 15 and send out a hurried appeal letter that is more need-driven than vision-driven. Take time now to plan your strategy.Read More
I have a giving partner who gave faithfully every month, but I have not received a gift in six months.
Do you have a standard letter I could send asking him to re-start?Read More
End-of-year giving decisions are made from December 10-31 in America. In other countries start-of-year financial plans are under consideration. What better time for your giving partners to keep you “top of mind” than now—at the end of one year and the beginning of another!Read More
What if you live in a country where the economy is going downhill? Can you still fundraise while your countrymen suffer?
During economic downturns I am tempted to:
- Freeze in fear and hope things will improve
- Hide finances from my spouse. “Everything is fine.”
- Eat chocolate ice cream out of the carton(s) late at night
- Blame the other political party
Instead, how about taking three action steps?
You have a secret weapon in fundraising. It is available 24/7. It doesn’t have an expiration date like a carton of milk. It does wonders in bringing gospel-workers to full funding.
I’m not talking about prayer—though that is indispensable. (I wish I were better at it.) Nor is it your passion for ministry. And it is not your sparkling personality—though you might underestimate the simple fact that “people like you!” They do!Read More
A few years ago I met a missionary who wanted to increase his support. “We don’t ask. We just minister to people and some of them give. God is taking care of us,” he said proudly....Read More