There may be times you wonder if you’ve been called to the mission field. And then someone practical in your life reminds you about the task of fundraising for missions. Thoughts begin flooding your head like, “how would I get fully funded?” or, “what’s a great Bible verse I can I go to about funding?” or,
“I don’t have enough contacts”
This is another one we hear all the time. More often than not, what we discover is that you do have enough contacts, but you might need help knowing what to do with them. You can read more about the need for at least 100 contacts to fundraise for ministry.
Here are a few areas where you can begin to re-think the contacts you already have.
1 Ask everyone.
No, really. Everyone. That long list of people you know (or are on your newsletter list) but you refuse to ask them because of your own issues, not theirs? Yeah - ask them.
Why ask? Because fundraising isn’t about you and it’s not about taking something from people. It’s about giving people an opportunity to be blessed through being generous, and to get connected to something so much bigger than either one of you. What if you looked at your unwillingness to ask as an unwillingness to share God’s blessing? A whole new perspective, right? It’s time to share the blessing!
2 Ask again.
Maybe you’ve gone through your list, but 6 months or even 2 years have passed. Time to ask again!
This is especially true if someone gave a one time gift - they are a prime candidate for giving again because they’ve already shown interest. Or maybe, that person who said “no” last year is in a completely different situation and they have the capacity to give now. One of the biggest challenges of fundraising for missions is understanding that others have a need to give. Look through your entire list and ask yourself, who are the people you could re-visit?
3 Ask to increase.
Do you have people who have been partnered with your for at least a year, and possibly even 5 years who have given the same amount the whole time? A really simple way to increase funding is to ask current partners if they would pray about increasing their partnership for the coming year.
Be transparent with your financial partners, believe this is a blessing for everyone, and start asking!
Jenny Karr, Director of Training & Coaching Services
My mission is to train, equip, and support people in ministry and as the Director of Training and Coaching Services, I get to do all of those things in one role! When I’m not coaching, training, or writing blogs, I’m enjoying time at home or in the city with my husband, daughter, and friends here in Nashville, TN.