Planned Gifts: A Phone Call Worth $250,000

The first time the trust department of the local bank called me, I was totally unprepared.   According to the bank, the church would be receiving a bequest worth nearly $250,000. This planned gift was nearly double the entire annual budget of the church! We immediately agreed to meet in person…

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Show your Impact, Demonstrate your Footprint

The impact of your church’s ministries can inspire generosity, but only if you help people see the lives that are changed. Kevin Lee of Vanco Payments recently encouraged churches to communicate the impact of their ministries: Use the 80/20 Rule to Be a More Effective Church Steward Kevin promotes online giving…

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Thank-You Notes Will Inspire Faith and Generosity

When was the last time you received a personal thank-you note in your mailbox? I was reminded of the impact saying thank you can have during the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving’s 12th Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture. Dr. Christian Smith of Notre Dame presented some of the findings…

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How to Create a Culture of Generosity

Many churches are struggling with the concepts of stewardship and generosity. How do your church members view giving? Do they see it as an opportunity to give abundantly, or do they feel they need to sacrifice to make a difference? You can teach your members to find the joy in…

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5 Questions an Experienced Campaign Consultant Will Ask

Many churches make errors during the capital campaign planning phase or lose their momentum once the initial campaign launch is over. An experienced campaign consultant will avoid these pitfalls and help guide the campaign from start to finish. Churches who incorporate a professional consultant also experience greater success and raise…

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