Martha lent me a book called "A Spirituality of Fundraising" by Henri J.M. Nouwen which I read over the last few days. It is a very easy read but gave me a whole new perspective on our upcoming GIFT campaign.
"From the perspective of the gospel, fundraising is not a response to a crisis. Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of
announcing our vision and inviting other people into our mission....Fundraising is proclaiming what we believe in such a way that we offer other people
an opportunity to participate with us in our vision and mission. Fundraising is precisely the opposite of begging. When we seek to raise funds we are
not saying, "Please could you help us out because lately it's been hard." Rather, we are declaring, "We have a vision that is amazing and exciting.
We are inviting you to invest yourself through the resources that God has given you –your energy, your prayers and your money-in this work which God has
Just prior to the GIFT Campaign, St. Mary's Russell had two failed attempts at major fund raising and was struggling with our third attempt. The GIFT campaign gave us the expertise, process, guidance and credibility to develop and sustain an effective and comprehensive campaign. Also, at the same time as the campaign, there was an observable an increase in participation and enthusiasm within the parish.
Who would have thought?
Sheldon Box, St Mary's Russell
Through the meeting of the GIFT Committee, a clearer understanding of people's gifts of leadership emerged!
Through GIFT we connected with people on the edges of the parish and pastoral needs that had been less clear. Some 'special' visits took place.
GIFT did not interfere with our regular offerings. I wonder indeed if it helped. For the second year running we came out at year end in the black
My sense is that there is a greater understanding that how we steward our money is and should be part of our faith journey
Through GIFT there were some mumblings and grumblings within our parish. As our community lived with this and were given the faith to continue on, I do believe our community was strengthened.
Thanks be to God
The Reverend Christine Piper, St James, Perth
For me personally, the visits to share information on the campaign were the most wonderful part of the involvement even though at the outset the prospect of those visits struck me as the most challenging. Imagine having to call folks up you don't know that well if at all. And yet the cause and goals for the Campaign imbue one with a sense of being engaged in doing something beautiful for God. (I guess that is the "Anglocostal" coming out in me) For the Church itself the campaign has been a wonderful opportunity to forge more meaningful relationships with its friends supporters and parishioners at St. Martin's. And what seemed a steep, uncertain climb to reach our monetary goal back in September of last year has in fact been a steady upward walk forward. Faith in action will be a clear lasting legacy of this campaign for me personally and for my parish in particular. On the practical front it is very helpful that Ambassadors get trained and that they are clear on the admin requirements for completing the visits. The leadership provided by M&M Consultants is supherb !
My Best regards....Sharron
$239,264.80 what a great Christmas present. One thing I always knew
about St James is that when the chips were down the people came to the
forefront and increased their support to ensure that we never failed in
Personally I am proud and without a doubt privileged to have served St
James in the capacity of co-chair of the Luke phase. I am also proud
of the Ambassadors who worked so hard to ensure that the Luke phase was
Isn't it amazing what coffee, donuts and treats can do!!!!
God does work in mysterious ways.
Congratulations to Susan and all the team. We at St. Thomas are very fortunate to have such an excellent and dedicated team working on this most
important initiative for our church.
Thank you and God Bless. Linda S.
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