Any conversation about funding your ministry’s vision will naturally focus on the best ways to meet the ministry’s financial needs. But according to Greg Ring, co-founder of Fulcrum Philanthropy Systems, one funding option—planned giving—is also a way to serve your donors.
To better understand how, I asked Greg a few questions. [read more]
It’s a commonly quoted adage that some things are better caught than taught. But when it comes to generosity, is it true? The 2013 State of the Plate research provides some answers. I asked Pastor Brian Kluth, founder of Maximum Generosity and publisher of the research, what it reveals. [read more]
“Would our ministry qualify for a loan?” As the economy continues to recover, many ministry leaders are asking this question. One place to find answers is the people who make loan decisions. So I asked two ECCU lending experts who not only have extensive experience but also helped guide many ministries through the economic turmoil of the past four years. [read more]
Each year Pastor Brian Kluth of Maximum Generosity partners with organizations like ECCU to research the giving practices of Christians. Results of his 2013 State of the Plate research are in, and they focus on tithers—the people who give 10 percent or more of their income to Christian and charitable causes. [read more]
I got a great deal on my first major data cable installation. But I was hiring people to fix it right up until we moved out of that building ten years later. Advice from experts can spare us lessons like this, but choose your source of expertise wisely:
Your admin assistant’s brother-in-law’s dentist’s cousin. Look hard enough and you’ll probably find a volunteer (or volunteered) person who’s willing to donate their expertise. Your challenge is to assess their abilities and whether they fit your needs. Some questions to ponder: [read more]