by Jac La Tour

One of many lessons ministries have learned in recent years is the importance of cash reserves—having funds available when you need them. Without adequate reserves, the pursuit of your ministry’s mission may be in jeopardy.

One source of good guidance about cash reserves for your ministry will be at the 2012 Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) National Conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference runs from April 10 to 12. ECCU Ministry Development Officer David Lee and Senior Banking Consultant Mark Jones will present a workshop titled Cash Reserves: Why you need them. How to build them. [read more]

by Mark Jones

I’ve posted blogs in the past about taking advantage of a provision in the new Affordable Care Act. Ministries that qualify have until May 15 to apply to claim the credit of up to 25% of healthcare premiums paid for their employees. While you always need to read and understand the fine print on measures like this, I want to encourage you to take advantage of this credit if your ministry qualifies. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

The 2012 Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) National Conference in Orlando, Florida, will be a prime venue for us to demonstrate ECCU’s commitment to investing in ministry. During the three-day event (April 10–12), we’ll present two financial workshops and show videos at two general sessions that illustrate the kingdom impact ECCU member ministries are having. [read more]

by Susan Rushing

I was in a meeting the other day when one of my coworkers received a text message on her cell phone from the bank where her daughter, a college sophomore, has an account. She looked at her phone and commented, “It looks like there’s some strange activity on my daughter’s account.” [read more]

by Mark Jones

I came across this great reminder of simple but important ways to thank and communicate to donors from Nonprofit Marketing Guide.

I especially love this suggestion: “Write a Greeting Card, Not a Business Letter.” It probably stands out to me because I have been on the receiving end of such a thank-you. One ministry I support does this very well. Even with an automatic monthly donation, I get a personalized thank-you note from a different person in the ministry each month.  They tell me how important I am to the ministry and how my gift is making a difference.  Even though I still get a receipt, it’s the personalized note that really makes me feel connected with the individuals and ministry as a whole. This is certainly a different feel than when I just get a generic thank-you letter from another ministry I give to.

Have any of these nine ideas been used at your ministry? Do you have other meaningful ways to thank your donors?