The Thermometer is Banished! Finding a Better Image for Your Campaign

In response to our call last month for a better graphic image than that tired old thermometer to depict progress on your stewardship campaign, you came up with some really clever ideas you have used either this year or in the recent past. Thanks for sharing! There are a lot of good ideas out there.…

Taking Measure

Is Your Congregation SICK? No? Then Why Are You Waving that Thermometer Around? This is the time of year when many congregations are just completing their annual stewardship drive. That suggests two questions you might want to entertain for your campaign next year. One, what sort of visual aids are you using to depict elements…

What About That Suggested Fair Share Contribution Guide ?

Is the Suggested Fair Share Contribution Guide Too Complex? Too Demanding? Too Rigid? Nope, Nope, and Nope!   by Bill Clontz, Stewardship Consultant   This is the time of year wherein many congregations are conducting annual stewardship drives. That  means we receive a lot of inquiries about now concerning the UUA’s Suggested Fair Share Contribution Guide (SFSCG).…

How Goes Stewardship in the USA?

A recent large survey tells us what is working, what is changing, and what is passing from the stewardship scene. There are definite patterns to capitalize upon.   by Bill Clontz, Stewardship Consultant While looking through the site Church Tech Today, I recently came across the latest iteration of a periodic survey of churches and church…

What is Your Annual Drive Strategy?

As a congregation planning an annual drive, you may want to change it up and try something different. We hear regularly from congregations who feel that their annual drive does not perform well. It is too arduous, burns out volunteers, distracts from the “real work” of the congregation (that is another blog post!), members don’t…

New Webinar on Donor Advised Funds: The Giving Tool Every Congregation Should Know About

Since the late 1980s, Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) have exploded on the philanthropy landscape. They have rapidly grown to hold billions of dollars in assets, and grants from them have also increased in double-digit percentage amounts. Yet they are NOT just for the financial elite; they are accessible to almost any giver – you do…