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Growing Givers' Hearts : Treating Fundraising As A Ministry [Hardcover]

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Based pm a three-year, nationwide study of Christian orgaizations whose efforts are successful both in raising needed financial or material resources and in encouraging the spiritual development of their donors, this book identifies key characteristics that enable fundraising to function on both levels at once. This book also explores in detail how Christian development staff, exectutives, and board members can
  • make faith-building opportunities for donors their first priority
  • act on their confidence in God's abundance
  • share their resources and wisdom with other organizations
  • draw from their theological tradition in their approach to fundraising
  • involve a vital cross-section of staff in planning
  • cultivate spiritually mature leadership

Publishers Description
Here for the first time is a truly spiritual way of looking at fundraising as an opportunity to nurture current and prospective donors and facilitate their growth in faith. Growing Givers' Hearts explores how development staff, executives, and board members from across the theological spectrum can make faith-building opportunities for donors their first priority; act on their confidence in God's abundance; draw from their theological tradition in their approach to fundraising; involve a vital cross-section of staff in planning; and cultivate spiritually mature leadership.
With this innovative approach, Growing Givers' Hearts empowers readers to work in spiritually grounded, deeply creative, and professionally satisfying ways. Fundraisers in any Christian organization will find extraordinary insights in this important guide.

Item Specifications...

Pages   211
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 17, 2000
Publisher   Jossey-Bass
ISBN  0787948292  
EAN  9780787948290  

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About this Author/Artist
THOMAS H. JEAVONS H. is general secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of FriAnds. He was founding director of the Center on Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University and has served in staff and board positions with several nonprofit organizations. REBEKAH BURCH BASINGER is an indepAndent consultant in fundraising and stewardship education. She has served on the administrations of three church-related colleges and directed a Lilly Endowment-funded project on fundraising effectiveness for the Council for Christian Churches and Universities.

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Excellent perspective  Apr 7, 2008
This book is an excellent resource for Christian-based non-profits. The author demonstrates just how fundraising should be, seeing donors as not just sources of revenue, but as people who are also personally affected by our organizations. It portrays a biblical perspective. If you have ever asked: "How should fundraising be different in a Christian organization?" this book is one of just a few that gives the answer. And it is both philisophical and practical, using examples from respected organizations who are dong it right.
Growing Giving Hearts  Jul 10, 2005
I found this work to be very research based. If you are a full time fundraiser in the Christian community it has useful information. If you are on a church committee, I would turn to another resource for support and information.
Challenging and inspiring research!  Nov 2, 2002
Do Christian organizations and development officers fundraise in a way that appeals to motives "at odds with the teachings of their faith"? Are they simply interested in getting a dollar or equally interested in nurturing the spiritual life of donors? These questions are important since, as the authors assert, "Some fundraising appeal or another is quite likely to be the first-and may be the only-contact of the unchurched with Christianity today." Does this fundraising reflect the Gospel?

Jesus warned us, "No one can serve two masters...You cannot serve both God and Money." Growing Givers' Hearts begins be surveying the theology of giving in the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, and throughout the history of the Church. This initial section alone is worth the price of the book.

The largest part of Growing Givers' Hearts is based on a three-year study funded by the Lilly Endowment. Jeavons and Basinger explored six organizations that are successful at both raising funds and encouraging the spiritual growth of their donors and identified six "necessary conditions" for such a program. These organizations are: Compassion International, Union Gospel Mission of Seattle, the Catholic Charities of Cleveland, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, San Francisco Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Biola University. The six conditions are the chapter headings for "Part Two" listed below.

The final section moves from the organizational perspective to that of the individual. These chapters are a challenge and an invitation to the ministry of fundraising. Jeavons and Basinger offer specific insights into how the "necessary conditions" flow out of our daily lives.

Written for a decidedly Christian audience, Jeavons and Basinger have tried to be inclusive of the Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Evangelical traditions and vocabulary. The book is filled with concrete, but not formulaic, suggestions and practices of those that treat fundraising as ministry. These well-placed, compelling examples ground the principles in real life and make the Growing Givers' Hearts approach even more believable.

I highly recommend Growing Givers' Hearts! It a challenge and an encouragement for Christians but would probably be compelling to anyone interested in the spirituality of fundraising.

Introduction: Fundraising and the Expression of Faith

Part One: What is Christian Fundraising?
1. Creating Resources for God's Work
2. What the Bible Says About Giving and Asking
3. A Brief History of Christian Fundraising

Part Two: Six Essential Characteristics of Fundraising as a Ministry
4. Confidence in God's Abundance
5. A Holistic Perspective on "Kingdom Work"
6. Clarity About Core Theological Beliefs
7. Giving Donors Opportunities for Participation
8. Integrated Organizational Planning
9. Spiritually Mature Leadership

Part Three: The Fundraiser's Ministry
10. Fundraising as a Calling
11. Fundraising as an Invitation to Cooperate with God's Grace

Scholarly text  Jan 14, 2002
A scholarly text that explores ways to bring Christianity back into fundraising. It is based on a two-year study of 7 Christian organizations (none of them parishes). It is not about the "how to" of fundraising but rather the "what if."
Not as useful for parish work as "Behind the Stained Glass Window" or "Giving and Stewardship in an Effective Church."
Not How to but Why to do Christian fundraising  Nov 24, 2000
As someone who is a fundraiser for a Christian organization, I found this to be a refreshing look at fundraising from an explicitly Christian perspective. It doesn't focus very much on fundraising methods, but it reflects on what should be a major goal of Christian fundraising--the continued growth of the faith of a Christian organization's supporters. That is, in the methods they use, Christian fundraisers should seek to expand their givers' faith experience--that's the ultimate goal of stewardship. The book provides numerous examples of how Christian fundraisers have pursued this goal with their donors.

The authors conducted lengthy interviews with staff in several well-regarded and successful Christian organizations, including seminaries and service organizations. The insights from these people are worth the price of the book. In addition, the authors also reviewed some of the history of Christian philanthropy, including St. Paul's exhortations of the earliest Christians.

When fundraisers are easily criticized, this book gave me a real sense of inspiration about what I do.


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