Raise Your Support

Ideas, Inspiration, and Tools for Christian Workers Who Raise Ministry Support

Friday, 15 November 2013 16:25

An Overview of the Transformational Giving Participation Architecture

There is change in the wind in the way donors support ministries, and that change is good!

In the past, many donors were content to support you in what you did.  

But more and more, donors don't want simply to support you in what you do, they want to get personally involved in causes that they believe in and are passionate about.

And they also want to help involve their friends in the cause, too.

So, how do we respond to this changing landscape?   

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Friday, 15 November 2013 16:20

Transformational Giving: Three Types of Giving

If you are looking for a good, concise introduction to Transformational Giving, here is a 7 minute introduction to the three types of giving:

  • Subtractional Giving
  • Transactional Giving
  • Tranformational Giving
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Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00

Shining Eyes: That Moment When People "Get It"

A question we want to ask ourselves in fund-raising is, "Are people richer after we leave?" I use the word 'richer' for a reason.

After we talk or share with a person or a group we need to think if are they better off after our time together than they were before we shared.

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Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00

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.

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Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00

Drop the Sales Pitch!

I am a huge believer in the "Transformational Giving" approach.

Transformational Giving is really more about principles that guide our strategy, which in turn will guide our ‘tactics’.

Wrong strategy leads to wrong tactics.

Could it be that the reason the listener sometimes hears our fund raising presentation as ‘begging’ is because we are using tactics built on poor strategy?

Published in Core Reading

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!

    Read more...
  • 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 ...

    Read more...
  • 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.

    Read more...
  • 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!

    Read more...
  • 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!

    Read more...
  • 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.

    Read more...
  • 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.

    Read more...