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Growing Givers' Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry

ISBN: 978-0-7879-4829-0
224 pages
February 2000, Jossey-Bass
Growing Givers

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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.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: Fundraising and the Expression of Faith.

WHAT IS CHRISTIAN FUNDRAISING?

Creating Resources for God's Work.

What the Bible Says About Giving and Asking.

A Brief History of Christian Fundraising.

SIX ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF FUNDRAISING AS A MINISTRY.

Confidence in God's Abundance.

A Holistic Perspective on `Kingdom Work'.

Clarity About Core Theological Beliefs.

Giving Donors Opportunities for Participation.

Integrated Organizational Planning.

Spiritually Mature Leadership.

THE FUNDRAISER'S MINISTRY.

Fundraising As a Calling.

Fundraising As an Invitation to Cooperate with God's Grace.

References.

The Authors.

Index.
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Author Information

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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Reviews

"Most Christians who raise money say they want to serve, love, and nurture their donors. Finally, here is a book which can turn that desire into reality." (Robert C. Andringa, president, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities)

"Practical and inspirational. A book for organizational leaders and fundraisers of faith-based groups, large and small, as well as for donors and people of faith." (Kara Newell, executive director, American FriAnds Service Committee)

"This is not a how-to-do-it, but rather a why-to-do-it written for (church) leaders...and excellent resource..." (charityvillage.com, 8/01)
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