Webinar: Gift Acceptance Policy

What kinds of gifts does your congregation want? What kinds of gifts is your congregation not prepared to accept? These two questions are pivotal to asking for and receiving financial gifts that will stabilize the congregation’s finances, fuel your mission, and prepare for the future. They also make a difference to people who want to…

Are Gifts to Your Congregation Secured?

Janet makes a planned gift to her congregation, and notifies the person on the committee assigned to keep that list. Allison also makes a planned gift to her congregation, and notifies the right person. However, Janet’s gift never “realizes” – that is, the congregation never receives that donation. Allison’s, on the other hand, does “realize”…

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…

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.…

Answers to Your Questions about the Suggested Fair Share Contribution Guide

Quite often we get questions about how to tailor the Suggested Fair Share Contribution Guide for people who do not have regular paychecks or predictable income streams.  This includes retirees who draw from IRAs or 401Ks for much of their living expenses, and for whom Adjusted Gross Income understates their income and financial capacity. It…