Sometimes your ministry isn't structured in a way that allows for generous gifts. If you're raising money as a missionary, you should know where to direct someone that would like to give a large gift - which often happens at the end of a calendar year.
A good rule of thumb is the largest gift you will receive will be about 10% of your budget. So, if your budget is $100K a year, in my experience, the largest gift you'll receive will be $10K. Do you know who to contact in order to allow someone to give a gift that large? You need to ask a few questions of your organization. Don't let such a small thing be a stumbling block to anyone's generosity.
But what about the guy you know that can give $25K? Or $50K? Or $100K? In that case, you may need to take a look at how your organization structures giving to allow donors to give according to their capacity. Is there even a place for someone to go to give a large gift? Find out who the person is, so that when that gift comes, you're ready.
Whatever it takes, do your best to not limit the generosity of your donors.
Russell Cooper, Co-Founder
As co-founder of Tailored, I am dedicated to developing generosity in the Body of Christ. This is why I'm passionate about creating strategic partnerships with disciple-making organizations, as well as coaching leaders. When I have free time, I'm watching America’s Test Kitchen and trying out new recipes on my wife, my most dependable food critic.