When talking specifically about fundraising strategies, I often hear, "Oh. So, just like sales." And my response is usually, "yes, they are very similar." However, the difference, is a big one.
In sales, the ultimate motivation is money; and
in fundraising for ministry, the motivation is relationship.
I truly believe there is a natural outpouring of generosity when we focus on creating connections through relationship. Connections can be between people and God, financial partners and missionaries, compassionate people and those in need of compassion, and the natural outpouring will be generosity.
As a long-term fundraiser, this perspective should keep you from seeing people as targets or tasks, and allow you to see them as partners in ministry.
Romans 12:4-5 says, "For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." Value the Body of Christ as people valued by Christ.
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.