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Raising Financial Support for a Living: Reminders for the Fundraiser

This post is for the Supporter Raiser. I just wanted to list a few simple, but crucial reminders & principles. I really believe that if you take these to heart it will drastically change the way you approach fundraising.

Supporter Raiser Reminders:

1. You are more scared to ask for support than they are to give it!

ASK. ASK. ASK. ASK ANYONE. Don’t say “No.” for them by not asking.

2. Don’t insult them by asking low!

Give people the opportunity and the challenge to give generously. Ask for a specific amount. They are making an eternal investment! So, don’t shy away from asking for what you need. They want to help you!

3. You are rich, not poor!

Don’t be fooled by your income – you are the most wealthy person alive. Remember Christ “raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus…(Eph. 2)”

4. Assume that people want to give!

It is so easy to believe that people are avoiding you when they don’t call back. Believe what they tell you, not what you feel. Most people really do want to give in whatever way they can. Have patience, peace, and press on.

5. There is A LOT in common with Evangelism and Fundraising!

Both reveal fear. Involve face-to-face convos. Create a need. Paint a vision. Ask for a decision. And demands total allegiance to your worldview. While waiting to hit the mission field, remember that your quality of support raising will likely reveal your quality of evangelism.

6. You are raising Supporters – not just support!

Do your best to work a part-time job or not at all while you raise supporters. If you want to do it well, it will require loads of time. You have to be the one with a flexible schedule – not them. To raise support well, requires more than some letters and stamps. You have to be organized, goal-driven, and proactive. 60% of sponsors drop off the team because they feel like you don’t care about them. So, devote yourself to your team – it is your JOB to care for them. Shepherd them as would you shepherd those you are ministering to.

7. Accountability will affect your overall progress, attitude, and personal growth.

Don’t just title an Accountability Partner – DO ACCOUNTABILITY, weekly. There are 3 things you should do together: (1) Talk over numbers: # of letters, phone calls, meetings,pledges, $, etc. (2) Talk over your fears, anxieties, and struggles. Your partner needs to be available, not just for sympathy, but for truth and correction using God’s Word. (3) Lastly, you and your partner must be praying. ***Use this  Support Raising Evaluation.

We must view support raising as such a reward that to withhold it from potential partners is doing them a great disservice.
Refer to Philippians 4:17-18. Paul says, “I seek the profit that increases (the supporter’s) account…”
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  1. Jerry Sanderson
    September 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Yet another excellent post!

    • September 27, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      Thanks Jerry! More posts on the way 🙂

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