When seeking a gift, use your voice

The organization with which you’re associated has hit a costly bump in the road. What’s the best way to raise a significant chunk of above-the-budget money as quickly as possible? Option 1: Send an email or/letter to everyone on your mailing list Option 2: Speak directly to folks who you think are most likely to […]

Generosity in quotes: Amanda Grace Caldwell

“We are all waiting for something. But God, in his goodness, brings us moments of joy in-between. It’s a moment of connection or laughter or glee. It’s a moment of peace or of spontaneity. And if we count these moments, one by one, we end up with much more than a ray of light. We […]

God in the brokenness

A magazine from Temple University isn’t where I’d go for a sermon illustration if I were looking for one, although I’ve heard preachers reference more unusual sources. But there it was, a too-good-not-to-use metaphor for God’s redemptive work in the world. “Broken Instruments are Reborn” the headline read, followed by a short article detailing efforts by […]

Generous Matters takes a vacation

Okay, so it’s me that’s taking a vacation from blogging, but that means Generous Matters goes with me. My husband and I are headed to the mountains of North Carolina and a cabin we love. We’ve no grand agenda. Just rest, relaxation, and time to ourselves. If all goes as planned, I’ll be back to […]

Governance advice with a familiar ring

A recent issue of the Association of Theological School’s Colloquy online newsletter included advice gleaned from a nine-month long project focused on governance challenges at 21 member schools. A quick read through and I was ready to shrug off the findings as providing nothing new. Which, in fact, is what the author of the Colloque […]

Generosity in quotes: John F. Kennedy

“The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither […]

The importance of cultivating BFFs for your organization

When I ask fundraisers what they most want from donors, the answer is almost always “more money.” And that makes me sad, although I understand the reasons behind the words. Organizational well-being depends on meeting this year’s fundraising goals. The burden of out-sized expectations weigh heavy on fundraisers’ minds. It’s little wonder that increased giving […]

Generosity in quotes: David Lose

“Here’s the thing: it’s hard to be generous and brave and compassionate when you’re afraid, or feel like no one hears you, or suspect that no one or is looking out for you. And while there are a lot of conclusions that someone can draw from the 2016 election, one of the conclusions I’ve drawn […]

The wow of fundraising as ministry

As part of her year-long Skype-based coaching contract with me, a ministry head from California and I are reading Henri Nouwen’s beautiful little book, A Spirituality of Fundraising. We leave a few minutes at the end of each call to share phrases or ideas that caught our attention from the reading assignment du mois– a […]

Generosity in quotes: Henri J. M. Nouwen

“Indeed, if we raise funds for the creation of a community of love, we are helping build the kingdom. We are doing exactly what we are supposed to do as Christians. Paul is clear about this: ‘Make love your aim’ (I Corinthians 14:1, NJB).” Henri J. M. Nouwen, a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer, and theologian, […]