Friday afternoon reflections on another week of generous matters


For some congregations, giving is on the rebound: That’s what the editorial team behind Third Annual State of the Plate Survey have discovered.  Forty-three percent of the 1,507 churches included in the survey experienced an uptick in giving this past year (up from 36 percent the previous year). Overall, 6 in 10 churches reported giving that was flat or up in 2010 — encouraging results given the nation’s stalled economy.

Award winning videos show off the creative side of doing good: Check out the winners of the 2011 DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards. The videos are clever, touching, funny, thought-provoking, and a great source of good ideas for promoting your own organization. Two that touched my heart — a video touting the power of soap and clean water in the fight to eliminate diarrhea among children in India and another focusing on the American Red Cross’s effort to wipe out measles in Africa.  Powerful reminders of how little it takes to save lives.

One is not enough: Canadian fundraiser Leah Eustace, writing in the Good Works blog, makes a compelling case for her thesis that the gift that really counts is the second gift. Her five tips for converting a first-time donor to a repeat supporter are well worth the click through. And you’ll want to bookmark the Good Works blog. It’s great!

More good news for the nonprofit sector: The folks at The Agitator, another of my favorite online resources, report that “according to one of the more comprehensive reviews of 2010 fundraising — the 2010 Year-End Survey of the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) — a majority of charities surveyed saw their fundraising revenue remain stable or increase last year.


  1. Thank you so much for the mention (and I apologize that I’m seeing it rather late). I appreciate the positive feedback!

  2. No problem, Leah. Glad you saw the mention now. I go to the Good Works website frequently. We are kindred spirits.

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