“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.” (Deuteronomy 16:17) “…Send your treasures to the heavenly storage room. Deposit your wealth in God’s Bank, distributing it to the poor, the orphans and the widows, so that you can receive a million […]
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A working endowment not feeding the operating budget is a blessing. An endowment feeding the operating budget deprives parishioners of the joy of giving and creates cynicism.
A collection of Powerpoint presentations for Orthodox parish and organization development.
Considering Loved Ones: Excellent End of Life Downloadable Materials from the Family Life Ministry of the OCA
There is a natural hesitancy by almost everyone to plan for end of life issues. Yet our loved ones need us to do this.
Without vision and strategy a parish will be given a default future – NOT of its own choosing. Planned giving an important vision and strategy tool.
Find guidelines to conduct your fundraising efforts here.
Every parish should have an established and active planned giving program. The priest is a key player here inasmuch as he can articulate the vision and mission of the parish thereby inspiring parishioners to participate.
Learn the environment. Define your mission. Claim your space. Apply professional fundraising methodology to gather resources and build spiritual involvement.
Parishes understandably struggle to properly establish and manage endowment funds. Here is a key resources to comprehending and properly applying the Management of Institutional Funds Act.
This article is a resource on some technical aspects of establishing and managing parish endowments.
Many Wealthy Plan to Remember Charities in Their Estates – Does Your Parish Have an Endowment Program?
To remember the parish in one’s will is to look back upon life with gratitude and to look forward to the spiritual well being of future generations.
Countless articles are available regarding online giving to local churches. This one seems particularly informative and helpful.
Easy to understand charts and graphics of trends, motivations and demographic differences between various age groups in giving.
Discover how to move parishioners from casual giving to truly meaningful giving.
Choosing the right method for the fundraising opportunity at hand.
This is suggested text for a response letter to those who decline to give now but say they might give in the future.
Well structured, carefully crafted and defined with a proper purpose, endowments can be of great benefit to a parish. But they are rarely properly structured.
Having an endowment component within a capital campaign creates additional complexity but can produce enormous long term benefits.
Pastoral care and liturgical leadership are the most important aspects of a priest’s calling. Yet there is a parish to be led, managed and developed as well.
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