Ready for Planned Giving?

Do you think your Planned Giving program is firing on all cylinders? Is it vibrant and engaging or barely there? Are you really ready for The Legacy Challenge or does it need some shaping up? Rather than Planned Giving, I prefer the term: Long Term Stewardship That’s because people give more long term gifts, because…

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…

Phasing A Building Project – Campaign Size Does Matter

Multi-phase church building projects, and campaigns to fund them, require excellent planning in order to succeed. If you are thinking of embarking on a building project, here are some things to consider: How big a project can we take on? Before hiring an architect to sketch out your dream building, have a general idea of…

Unitarian Universalism and Stewardship for 2017 and Beyond

Stewardship, the future is in your hands

I’m delighted to report that Unitarian Universalism is alive and well – in fact, by some measures, we are thriving.  Over the past year, we stewardship consultants have seen an uptick in capital campaigns, including some large and ambitious ones.  Stewardship for Us assisted 14 congregations with financial feasibility studies or capital campaigns (or both)…

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…

There’s a New T in Town

The 4th T to add to Time, Talent, and Treasure You all know the Three Ts; most congregations talk about them and so most congregants know them as well: time, talent, and treasure. Now congregations generally admit that they are not doing such a great job in motivating, engaging, or certainly asking for all three…