Since the mid 90’s, there has been a shift in congregational charitable giving. Once upon a time, clergy could mount the pulpit, state a need, and people would give. Today, donor giving is more value-driven than need-driven, with fundraising increasingly donor-centered rather than institution-centered. People no longer give just because the congregational leadership asks. Giving decisions are made beyond the walls of a congregation. For many, that place is back home at the kitchen table. The kitchen table is a metaphor symbolizing those times and places where deep conversations occur that shape a person’s charitable giving decisions.
You need to ask yourself: How can my congregation become part of this tangle of giving conversations?
Workshop facilitator Bill Enright will share his knowledge from 12 years as founding director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving in its work with over 3,600 religious congregations and faith-based nonprofits. He also draws on observations from directing more than 100 research projects focused on congregational fundraising programs.
This luncheon workshop will explore the five issues that shape donors' decisions as persons of faith: leadership, institutional clarity and vision, organizational readiness, religious beliefs and fundraising practices.
When you take these issues seriously, something transformative happens.
- The taboo of money-talk in your congregation is obliterated.
- Fundraising is embraced as a spiritual ministry.
- You see your givers as partners rather than mere donors.
- The fundraising focus is not on money, but on the mission to which God has called you as a congregation.
- People begin to talk with excitement as to what your congregation is about.
This luncheon workshop is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Austin (Scott County) and 11 a.m.-1 p.m (Central time) Thursday, November 2, 2017 in Evansville. The cost is $10 per person. This fee includes lunch, conversation and a copy of Enright’s book Kitchen Table Giving: Reimagining How Congregations Connect with their Donors. Registration is limited to Indiana congregations.
How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."