A client and I are inviting about 2K pastors from a client's denomination to join a virtual meeting. This meeting will be an invitation to them to be part of planting a church in Asia. But how do we get people to come and to give?
Quite often, when thinking about raising funds, we think about the amount we have to raise - and get petrified. Or, we think about the barriers we're facing in the midst of the process - and get overwhelmed. It's important to see way beyond those dynamics of fears and what-ifs to something much bigger and more powerful.
It's a mindset, and you can develop the right view of the fundraising process to develop a networker mindset. Then you can begin to make lists of all sorts of "people groups," meaning people that are part of the groups you link with naturally.
How often do you, as a missionary, hear how God is making a difference in your partners’ lives? Partnership should be a dialogue, it goes two ways. So, how well do you really know your partners? Do you know how to specifically pray for them, and more importantly, do you pray for them?
Ready, beyond ready, to go and answer God's call to minister to people of a major metro area in Northern France. One family had a clear call and an undying vision to plant rapidly reproducing churches eventually led by locals, 80% of whom currently have never seen nor owned a Bible.
The most effective way to invite someone to partner with your vision is always going to be through a face to face conversation. Finding the right setting is absolutely crucial to making the other person feel most comfortable and to getting an honest response.
A year-end appeal involves leadership, segmenting, and is far from a passive “wait and see,” or a substitute for individual interaction. The year-end appeal provides a pathway for partnership and involvement as part of an overall strategy throughout the year.
Here are three keys to write an effective year end appeal letter.
Using Facebook for your missions updates is the most natural thing. After all, everyone is on Facebook and you definitely know how to use it - better than grandma. But there is a significant difference between interacting with friends on Facebook or Instagram, and using social media for updates to your financial partners.
Stuck in his fundraising efforts, one client was doing all the right things to reach his calling to go to Lebanon. He was going to business and church events in his area, sharing about his future ministry, having one on one meetings, but people were not committing to partner financially.
It can be incredibly frustrating to be so passionate about a ministry, cause, calling, or idea when you feel alone in the journey because of a lack of partnership or financial resource. This will make you feel as though you are screaming at the top of your lungs for resources... yet no one is responding.
People like to give and you should give them every opportunity to do so, and in a variety of manners. From working with many ministries, there are multiple ways people can become a part of your team, outside of financial giving.
Recently, I coached a couple who, in 5 years of ministry, had never been fully funded- not even close. In our first session, it became evident that their experience thus far left them feeling exhausted and like they were plugging holes that were constantly leaking.
Talking with a client about how to align their funding and clarify their impact in order to communicate it well to their current financial partners. This involves answering some foundational questions.
Working with a client to find solutions that fit their specific partnership demographic can be challenging. One client had sent their missions introduction letter and then were faithfully emailing the folks to set up a convenient meeting time. It wasn't working
After working with a client for a number of weeks, they finally broke down and asked if I could just do the footwork for them. "It's the calling, and the scheduling, and the setting up of meetings that takes so much time."
You need to realize the fact that every person you interact with has come to expect a baseline of customization in nearly every interaction they receive. You can and should customize your fundraising for them, without overwhelming yourself.
Every missionary, non-profit, and fundraiser should be thinking about year end giving right now. And since you're probably on top of it, here are some things you may have forgotten that will accelerate you toward a great fundraising push at the end of this year
Segmenting is truly an easy exercise, and something that really should be an essential part of your year end fundraising strategy.
When it comes to ensuring fundraising success, even the best letter in the world won’t raise money if you don’t have the recipients segmented properly. Spend 80 percent of your time on building your lists, and 20 percent on writing copy and designing your package.
Do you feel the pressure of the end of the year to try to raise more funds than any other time of the year?
But there’s a better way to phrase the end of the year appeal to your financial partners than the typical “it's December, so let's fundraise” encouragement. Here’s a couple tips you can apply to your own creation of a year end strategy for giving.
A year-end appeal is a letter you send to all your current financial partners, encouraging them to take advantage of additional giving at the end of the calendar year. These are your monthly, annual, and even one-time financial partners for this year.
Here are your 4 easy steps to get this accomplished today.
Connecting with and presenting to a missions committee can be an incredibly beneficial opportunity when you’re fundraising for missions. The hard part is that this opportunity typically comes with a lengthy process, and often requires multiple steps with multiple people. Here’s how to navigate that well.
How do you follow up on a promise a friend made to share your ministry with someone else without prying into personal business or coming off as pushy? When you’re sending the follow-up email, remember the basics of following up. Keep it short, keep it focused, and make sure you're asking an actual question!