Stewardship: Ministry’s Most Missed OpportunityAugust 30, 2017

Written by Timothy M. Winkler Sr., CFRE; CEO, Winkler Group Stewardship: Ministry’s Most Missed Opportunity This blog is the fourth in a series exploring the challenges facing fundraising in churches and ministries today.  A couple weeks ago I wrote about how churches and ministries too often throw sound fundraising principles out the door in the name of...

Giving USA 2017: Record Philanthropic Giving Again in 2016June 13, 2017

  Record Philanthropic Giving Again in 2016 Americans gave a record $390.05 billion in 2016, according to Giving USA, released today.  Giving grew for the third year in a row, but at a slower rate than the past two years.  Giving to all nine nonprofit sectors grew — only the fifth time in the 40-year...

The Lord Will Provide… (and other misguided statements from people in churches and ministries)June 1, 2017

Written by Timothy M. Winkler Sr., CFRE; CEO, Winkler Group In 2008 and 2009, our phones were ringing off the hook with calls from churches that had recently built new sanctuaries or fellowship halls.  The recession was making it difficult to sustain their debt loads.  Despite good intentions, they had let their architect—not a strategic feasibility study—drive...

Fundraising as Ministry: Overcoming the Oxymoron – Part TwoApril 3, 2017

The Winkler Group’s last blog introduced the disconnect between philanthropy and ministry, and the perils of their separation.  In today’s blog, we’ll explore four concepts that fuse the best practices of the fundraising world with the Biblical concepts developed into stewardship principles.   #1: Building Relationships. Relationships position fundraising and ministry as complementary. The fundraiser’s...

Fundraising as Ministry: Overcoming the Oxymoron – Part OneMarch 24, 2017

Jesus talked about money and possessions more than any other topic except the Kingdom of God.  Theologians over the centuries have linked philanthropy (stewardship) to discipleship.  And the latest Giving USA revealed that 55% of all donations are motivated by spiritual convictions. So why do we, as fundraisers, neglect the spiritual aspects of philanthropy.  And...

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