Ideas to Boost Funding for Your Programs – PART I

Every year congregations ask for ideas to boost their program funding. How can we change things up so that our annual budget drive inspires people? One approach is to get information in front of them every month of the year about WHY you are here and WHAT you do. Pick a different item to highlight…

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.…

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…

Stewardship Q&As from GA

I had the wonderful experience of co-leading a workshop at General Assembly with my wife, Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, an Accredited Interim Minister, and Andrea Lerner, a UUA Transition Specialist.  The workshop was about Stewardship for Congregations in Transition. Check out the slides and handouts at the following link: http://www.uua.org/finance/fundraising/presentations/congregations-transition We had so many questions from the…

Let’s Talk to One Another

The Search for an Easier Way I recently read about a Unitarian Universalist congregation that conducted its annual budget drive entirely electronically.  Information about the budget goals and case for giving were sent by email, and congregants were invited to make their financial commitments online.  The congregation claimed that this was highly successful in raising…

Frictionless Giving – Easy Engagement

Let's Incorporate e-Giving

Fire up those Smart Phones “Good morning.  Our service is about to begin, take out your smart phones and get ready.”  Let’s face it, smart phones are going to be an increasing presence in congregation life for connection and e-Giving, including during the Sunday morning worship service.  There’s no escaping this – nor is there…

Stewardship for Us is One Year Old

Happy Birthday Well, it’s been a year since we consultants and the UUA started this grand experiment.  We asked if stewardship consulting services, provided so well under the UUA’s Congregational Stewardship Network and led so ably by Wayne Clark, could be provided under a new outsourced model. We’re very pleased with the Year One results…

E Pluribus Unum

Bees working together

Coming Together and Reaching Out A few weeks back, I participated in a “Summit on the Economic Sustainability of Ministry” sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association.  The focus of the Summit was on the financial challenges facing UU ministers and congregations these days, and what in and out-of-the-box solutions we might come up with to…