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7 Deadly Sins of Development


Did you know that there are seven things that could really cost you dearly in terms of donations or even shutter the doors of your ministry if left unchecked?  Read on and find out if you are committing any of the "7 Deadly Sins of Development." Sin #1: Forgetting Where Your Funding Comes From God provides all of the resources for the ministry He has called us to.  It's simple, right?  But how often do we forget that and begin to think that DONORS are providing for our work?  Make no mistake, donors are the conduit through which God provides, but it is HE that is doing the providing.  Getting away from the idea that God provides for us distorts our view of God and our donors.  It can lead us to manipulation and rob us of the simple joy that's found in understanding that we are merely stewards of what God provides.  Every now and then, ask yourself and your team members where your support comes from.  When they answer "donors" or "churches," remind them that ultima ...

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The Most Important Question To Ask Yourself Before Raising Funds


You probably ask yourself questions all the time as you go about the daily business of running your ministry.  Questions like "What do we really need to be more effective, reach more people?" or "When is the right time to start a new fundraising campaign?" even "Who can I ask to support this ministry that I haven't already asked?" But the best questions to ask yourself before attempting anything in the resource development arena don't start with "what" or "when."  They don't even begin with the classic "who."  The best questions that you should start asking before raising funds begin with "why." "Why Should Anyone Care? Many, many fundraisers have run aground in their efforts because they have failed to ask "why should anyone care about supporting our organization?" often enough.  Their anemic often incoherent case for support has robbed them of the opportunity to stir the passions of their donor base to provide the resources they so desperately need. "Why?" is a great question to a ...

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You Have Not Because You Ask Not


Busyness and fundraising seem to go together.  We've always reports to run, letters to write, brochures to print and events to plan.  But why is it that when it comes to asking, the one thing all of this activity is meant to support, we find it much easier to find something else to do? Let's be honest.  Most of us hate asking just about anyone for almost anything. We hate to ask mostly because we are afraid of being told "no."  Its like that one, two little word is a stake and we're Dracula. We're afraid "no" will be driven through our hearts and kill us for all eternity.  It's a silly fear, really. No one has ever died from being told "no."  And often in the final analysis, "no" doesn't even mean "no."  (For more on "The Many Faces of No" read an earlier blog post here.) Another reason we hate to ask is because we hate to be asked, ourselves...Or so we think.  The truth is, when we can respond with a "yes" we actually enjoy the experience of being asked.  It ...

  1. Re: 7 Ways to Retain More Donors

    Great stuff! So good to see you link donors with the work. Remember how Paul linked the supporting folks...

    -- Jamie

  2. Re: Fundraising's Duh Factor: Keep more donors, raise more money

    Great read, I can appreciate the small things that keep the donor engaged.

    -- LaTanya

  3. Re: The Lapsed, Declined & The Disengaged

    Thanks Jerry. Organizations can also engage a credit card processing provider who enables donors to make...

    -- MKordic

  4. Re: Asking Naturally: Replacing Fear With Faith

    Thanks for the great post, Jerry--full of biblical truth! We join the Lord in His work through ministry...

    -- Will Stevens

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About Jerry

I’ve been involved in the media for over 30 years with experience that spans television, radio and print. But my growing passion over the past decade has become development for non-profit organizations.

I love being a special friend and advisor to dozens of ministry leaders and radio station managers across the country. (I believe Christian radio has only just begun to reach its full potential.)Many non-profit organizations are functioning at a level far below what they could achieve if development were given its proper place in the management process.

My skill set includes development, marketing, strategic planning and leadership development as a certified Ministry Coach..

Before joining Advocace, I served as a development consultant for another firm, and as General Manager for one of the top Christian music stations in the country, and as Donor Marketing Director for WAY-FM Media Group. I also enjoyed raising funds as Director of Development for the University Of South Carolina School Of Law, as well as an active speaker, writer and facilitator.

You can find out more about how I help non-profit organizations and how to contact me here.

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