For NAD Pastors
One of the roles of most congregational pastors is to be the business manager of the church. Below you will find articles and resources on stewardship and fundraising written by experts in the field as well as from your collegues in ministry.
Successful Fundraising Philanthropic Service for Institutions (PSI) was created to address those changes and help institutions move forward in financially responsible ways that are crucial in today’s environment. As the North America Division’s (NAD) internal consulting department, PSI is a gateway to services for pastors and churches as well.
Should You Hire a Fundraising Consultant? Sometimes it’s necessary for a pastor and a church committee to acquire the services of a consultant. While Philanthropic Service for Institutions (PSI) can provide many resources and much hands-on assistance such as in planning, training of boards and volunteers, providing sample materials or reviewing your own materials, there are some vital steps in a campaign are beyond the scope of PSI’s staff time and resources. Sometimes more hands-on help is needed when implementing specific fundraising efforts.
Women as Donors—Respecting and Tapping into Differences Although women have always been generous, only in the last couple of decades has it been recognized that women are often ignored in fundraising, and that women exhibit somewhat different behaviors than men when it comes to giving. Equally significant is the fact that because women are likely to outlive their husbands and inherit their wealth, in addition to gaining the inheritance from their parents, women are expected to eventually hold much of the US$41 trillion expected to pass from generation to generation over the next 50 years.
Should you do a feasibility study? Feasibility studies are a necessary step in conducting a capital campaign, whether it be a church building, renovation, acquisition of equipment or any campaign that has a significant goal and is a one-time effort, even if conducted in stages. However, feasibility studies are expensive. So are there times when a church could forego such a study and use some intelligent reasoning and information that is available to make a decision about a campaign and its success.
Embracing Diversity in Church Fundraising Given the upcoming Diversity Summit of the NAD, it is valuable to remember that today’s nonprofit organizations, including churches, are increasingly embracing diversity as a mission and organizational value. As the mix of members becomes more culturally diverse, fundraising also expands and taps into the economic growth and power of Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans and other diverse population groups.