By Lorraine Mazza
Lorraine Mazza is managing director of development with Joni & Friends International Disability Center. She’ll participate in an educational session on giving that ECCU is presenting at the Christian Leadership Alliance 2013 National Conference in Anaheim, California.
“Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing. Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had.” (Philippians 2:4–5)
I have been asked so often about the guiding principles for working with major donors and how our ministry has been blessed with success in this area. I always respond in the same way: “Keep it personal.” Let me explain. [read more]
By Bob Ball
Bob Ball is a senior vice president and executive creative director for Masterworks, a leader in the non-profit industry in branding, analytics and constituent marketing, donor engagement, and integrated online/offline marketing. He’ll participate in an educational session on giving that ECCU is presenting at the Christian Leadership Alliance 2013 National Conference in Anaheim, California.
Donor-focused stories prompt the most response. Stories that are written to the donor, for the donor, and about the donor. [read more]
It can be challenging to stay abreast of legal and legislative changes affecting your ministry. What, for example, are you to make of recent legislation passed by Congress to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff?
To find out, I emailed a few questions to Dave Moja, partner and national director of not-for-profit services with CapinCrouse LLP. Here’s how he responded. [read more]
Technology insights and issues are not Ministry Banking Guy’s expertise. That distinction belongs to Alan Weisenberger, former vice president of information systems with ECCU, who wrote the following post.
“The new pastoral candidate says he’ll take the job if we buy him a Mac instead of a PC.”
This is a dangerous way to start a blog, but it’s worth the risk, because ministry leaders are continually required to weigh personal preference against organizational need.
Technology decision makers who are truly looking out for their organizations’ best interests sometimes have to say “no” to good ideas. It can happen when someone—often a higher ranking someone—wants new software or a technology gadget that is sure to make them more efficient. So they ask, “Why can’t I just use the technology tools that work best for me?” [read more]
When I visited the Rock Church in San Diego a few years ago, the first person I met was their receptionist. After she greeted me, I asked her to tell me what they were all about. “We’re a do something church,” she quickly replied. Are they ever! A year ago they invested the equivalent of 100 full-time people (235,000 volunteer hours) serving their city. [read more]