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Fundraising for Churches: 12 Keys to Success Every Church Leader Should Know Paperback – February 17, 2017

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From theory to practice, this book will guide congregations on their stewardship journey. Every page has tried-and-true ideas for each step of cultivating generosity and raising resources for the ministry. I will keep it within arm's reach as I teach and lead others in successful fundraising.
Rev. Dr. Bob Winstead
Director of the Academy of Church Business Administration and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Fundraising for Churches is a book chock-full of practical, realistic strategies for church leaders to put into practice. Most pastors and leaders approach the subject with a certain amount of dread and feelings of inadequacy. McNay and Matthews have written a clear and thorough work that should help remove some of that anxiety.
Jonathan Spencer
Hospice Chaplain, Mesun Health Services, Inc.

Fundraising for Churches by Sarah Matthews and Linda McNay is not simply a "how to" book about church fundraising and stewardship. It is, more importantly, a "why to" book. It's a book dedicated to helping the reader thrive in the area of resource development and to have a good time while doing so. Every minister should keep this book within arm's reach on her/his desk and have copies to distribute to volunteer leaders.
Richard W. Felton
Executive Director, TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship)

As someone who has been a stewardship consultant for over fifteen years and who's worked with dozens of churches, let me say that Matthews and McNay have hit the bull's-eye with both content and presentation of this tough subject matter. This basic fundraising "how to" covers a lot of ground and gives readers a lot to think about, while offering value to all churches regardless of parish size, resources, or objectives. Their wisdom and experience on direct fundraising strategies and techniques borrowed from the nonprofit world are presented clearly and, in my view, are sound practices to consider.
Mal Underwood
Stewardship Consultant, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Fundraising is not taught in seminaries. Yet when clergy take over the reigns of a parish, the congregation's expectation is that they will hit the ground running and create new, inspiring ways to raise money. This easy-to-absorb and practical "how to" should be on the shelf of every clergy and lay fundraiser in the church today.
Cynthia Cannon McWhirter
Executive Director, The Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes

McNay and Matthews address the fears and roadblocks we all face in fundraising; and provide simple, effective steps to lead to fundraising success.
Dr. Sheila Bookout
Senior Pastor, Haygood United Methodist Church

I read the book. I like it a lot. A lot! Because of my schedule, I took it on reluctantly. As it turned out, it was an absolute joy.
Jerry Panas
Author and Executive Partner, Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners

About the Author

Sarah Matthews, CFRE, has served as a financial resources consultant for over 12 years, now at Visiting Nurse Health System as the Dir. of Individual Giving. Actively involved in church ministry since 1989, she has worked with churches in most mainline denominations from RI to FL. As an Episcopal rector's wife, she is keenly aware of the challenges involved in mission funding in churches. Sarah's consulting experience includes discernment & visioning services, feasibility studies, capital campaigns, annual fund drives, asset mapping & strategic planning & leadership development. A speaker & trainer at the judicatory level, she has been the Dir. of Development at a Christian university. Sarah served on the commission on stewardship for the Dio of Atlanta & mentors churches' pledge drives, is on the Advisory Board for Emmaus House, a member of the Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals, & past Board member for The Episcopal Network for Stewardship.

Linda Wise McNay is an independent fundraising consultant with Our Fundraising Search, & has served more than 100 clients. Her nonprofit work includes both higher & secondary ed, the arts, faith-based clients, & service organizations & includes capital campaigns, annual fund, planned giving, membership, strategic planning, & development search. Linda served as chief development officer for the High Museum of Art, leading its efforts to raise $95M, executed an endowment campaign, initiated the their first planned giving effort, & increased the museum's membership to a record 50,000.  She is on the Directors Counsel, Univ. of KY Art Museum. Linda served as Dir. of Advancement at Pace Academy, a K-12 private school, where she led the school's most successful capital campaign: $15M goal. In her career, Linda has been responsible for raising more than $250M for her employers & clients. She earned her PhD in the philosophy of higher ed from Georgia State Univ., an MBA from the Univ. of KY, & a BA from Transylvania Univ. in Lexington.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ CharityChannel Press; 1st edition (February 17, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 138 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1938077830
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1938077838
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.32 x 11 inches
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