You need an advocate if you're ready to allow a person to spread their knowledge and insight on what you’re doing into the network of relationships they already have. Strategically building relationships through an advocate is a way to grow your financial partnerships the same way you might grow your ministry.
An Advocate Can Help You
An advocate allows for quicker progress over a shorter amount of time, giving you immediate funding. Creating an advocate relationship means asking another person to contact their network on your behalf. That way, potential new financial partners are saying “yes” to a relationship that’s already established.
What Makes An Advocate?
Someone that will speak on your behalf is the most obvious qualifier. You’re looking for someone that wants to plead your case to others, with you by their side. A person that is excited about and committed to accomplishing the work and mission together. Want to know more about getting an advocate on your financial partnership team? Connect with one of our coaches here.
You're asking this advocate to do something specific for you. They’re not just giving you random names and contact information; they’re inviting relationships to become connected with you in a larger partnership. By developing this relationship, you can turn someone who can’t afford to be a large financial contributor into someone who plays a large partnership role in the work. Or, you can turn someone truly invested in the ministry into a greater partnership than a financial partner.
Advocates Win At Fundraising
Beginning an advocate relationship often strengthens that donor’s commitment to the mission with you. It also allows you to begin interacting with a network that already sees value in the mission because of a previous connection to others who value that mission. When returning home to raise funds, as many of you do, this gives you quite the step ahead to finding those that could be interested in your work in a place where you don’t have time to meet new people.
Think even bigger. This doesn’t have to be a single relationship. It’s possible to have advocacy teams, groups of people that provide energy and opportunity to share about the work you’re accomplishing with so many more individuals.
There’s so much more to discuss about creating an effective advocacy team. Are you ready to make advocacy a part of your financial partnership team? Talk in depth with a coach about how to make that happen for you.
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Jodie Coher, Communication Specialist
With a passion for discipleship, it’s a true joy for my writing to be a small part of sending others to the mission field. I also enjoy interacting on social media and spending time with my small family in Missouri.