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Giving and Getting in Christian Higher Education

In the last two weeks, several leaders have expressed to me the same concern. The question asked arises frequently, but in these instances focused on Development in Higher Education. I thought it was a good time to highlight some ideas and address the issue. The question: Where does faith and action intersect in the world of fundraising? Where to Begin This particular tension has existed since “fundraising” in Christian circles began. It can be theologically challenging, and it can also be a limiting factor if inappropriately translated. In the Bible, Nehemiah, David, Solomon, Matthew and Paul address this topic. In our contemporary experience George Mueller, D.L. Moody, Billy Graham, and a host of others answer this question. It is a good and valid question. Let’s start with perspective—God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He can do anything and everything, and he doesn’t need us to accomplish His objectives. For some reason though, God has given us a role in His creation and invites us in ...

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Prepare for Takeoff

I have flown on a lot of airplanes—commercial and private. I have even piloted a few of the private ones when the controls were handed over by a friend. One thing always remains the same, no matter the size, power, occupancy, or destination of the flight – there is always a pre-flight checklist and a flight plan. These two things prove imperative for a good, successful flight. I don’t like to think of what could happen in their absence. As we approached New Year’s, I emailed a colleague to encourage her and say I couldn’t wait to see what her plans for her organization’s fundraising goals in 2015. She responded by saying that she couldn’t wait to see what she had planned either! Her delivery amused me, but the results we can expect when we don’t set goals or have a plan are less comical. We simply might not get to our destination. It is easy to get busy or sidetracked. There are competing priorities. It can be difficult to carve out time to plan and then stay focused—but it’s necessary in order to succes ...

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Running on Empty—When Summer Funds Run Low.

Sure, it’s the title of an iconic song by Jackson Browne. It’s also the feeling you have when the pressure is on and there is still a lot of ground to cover - the need to get to the destination but there isn’t enough fuel in the tank. I’m not afraid to cite great songs of the 70’s to get my point across. For many Christian non-profits, summer is the peak of their activity and the busy season in providing services. Painfully, it is also usually the low-point of the year when it comes to fundraising income. We call it a “Summer Slump” and it happens to almost every non-profit. Donors are on vacation, school is out, thoughts and activities are elsewhere - not so for our non-profits. The Challenge In discussing this challenge with one of my clients, the importance of summer funding became even clearer. You see, the kids they serve through mentoring programs are now out of school and faced with more opportunities to be exposed to negative, even destructive influences. Some of the other services and structures t ...

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Comments
  1. Re: Running on Empty—When Summer Funds Run Low.

    I have learned so much from you Dave, and once again am reminded that if God's people aren't aware of...

    -- Susan LeCornu

  2. Re: Running on Empty—When Summer Funds Run Low.

    I have learned so much from you Dave, and once again am reminded that if God's people aren't aware of...

    -- Susan LeCornu

  3. Re: Secret Weapon of Relayed Information

    Great reminder, David.

    -- Ben

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For more than twenty years, I’ve enjoyed building value and increasing results for the organizations I’ve worked with. I am grateful for the leaders and mentors who have invested in me professionally and personally and in the same way, I am honored to encourage others. I admire the ministries we serve and I love helping to fuel their mission to build and care for God’s Kingdom.

I see life as an adventure—family life with my wife and three kids, enjoying God’s creation in the great outdoors, learning something new, or just about anything. I believe that sharing that enthusiasm adds to the success—and fun—in whatever you do.

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