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Narrative Spending Plan

A narrative spending plan is an alternative to a line item budget for your ministry. It can complement a traditional budget or even replace it. In essence a narrative spending plan is a “story” of what a ministry expects to accomplish in a specific time frame. It is a means of taking the vision for your ministry and breaking it down into concrete goals, actionable items and necessary resources. There are several key elements of a narrative spending plan. First, it projects and describes the specific results anticipated from ministry activities. Second, it includes an itemization of the cost to accomplish the objectives of your ministry. Third, it details the overall financial picture, including both funds-on-hand and projected income. Fourth, in a narrative spending plan, expenditures are recorded and published very frequently, perhaps weekly, not just at fiscal year-end. The advantage of a narrative spending plan is that it provides high visibility and thereby unites the ministry team, its leadership, staf ...

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Fundraising Letters: One Size Fits All?

Are all donors to your Christian nonprofit created equal? Do you treat them as one homogeneous group? When you draft a fundraising letter, do you  target each of the various types of donors to your ministry with focused messaging? 

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To be effective your fundraising letters cannot be "one size fits all."

Through donor intelligence research, Advocace can help you better understand the variety of donor personalities you currently have in your database, identify the keys to what motivates them, and uncover what can make them passionate them about your cause. Through donor intelligence research, Advocace connects your ministry with donors who share your vision and invites them to join your community.

For more information on fundraising letters, donor communications and donor intelligence research visit our website at www.advocace.com or contact us at 972-304-1100.

Advocace. Building a community of support around a vision. Yours.

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Building on a Vision

When your ministry leadership comes together, what is the main thrust of the discussions? Is it current issues and concerns or the long-term mission for your organization? The key to effective leadership is finding a balance between the short-term problems and issues that are always present and the long-term vision of your organization. Every leadership meeting should place the short-term concerns in the context of the overall vision for your ministry. Once you as a ministry leader focus on what you want to accomplish for the Lord, you can set priorities, establish goals, define needs, and plan action steps. Advocace can help your leadership develop a strategic plan for transforming the vision for your ministry into reality. We don’t just hand you a cookie cutter plan; we work with you side-by-side to make sure we implement the action steps necessary for your ministry to succeed in its mission and realize your vision. Advocace. Building a community of support around a cause. Yours.   ...

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    Everything we have in life, the things we own, the relationships we have, the work we do, are gifts from God. The LORD is the owner of all things; we are his stewards. As stewards we have a responsibility to be faithful to the Master and we are accountable to Him for how we manage what He has entrusted to our care.  

    The Steward Journal offers insights into what it means to be God’s stewards in our work and in our walk.  Our prayer is that by better understanding stewardship, we can become good and faithful stewards of God and serve Him by serving one another.

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