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People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Funds Paperback – April 1, 2012
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“Bill has provided a thorough, well balanced presentation of fundraising practices based on a sound understanding of development as ministry. This book will be an excellent resource for anyone who is skeptical about the biblical basis for raising kingdom resources or reluctant to plan and execute a fund development program whether for their own support or on behalf of their organization. This is a significant contribution to the work of the kingdom.”
R. Scott Rodin, Author and Speaker
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If you are eager to do the Lord’s work but less than eager about fundraising, this book is for you! Veteran ministry leader Bill Dillon will take you through the basics of cultivating a correct attitude toward fundraising and will enable you to do it confidently. People Raising is a tested and proven manual that should be on the shelf of every church planter, nonprofit leader, or budding missionary who seeks some long-adhered-to advice on how to build a broad support base for their ministry.
Updated to include sections on utilizing social media and confronting the “Fear Factor,” Dillon provides comprehensive strategies that will aid your organization or ministry. His methods have helped thousands streamline the fundraising process, and can benefit you, too – ultimately allowing you more time to pursue your calling.
William P. Dillon serves as founder and president of People Raising, which focuses on providing fundraising training for missionaries, church planters, and Christian organizations. He is also the founder and executive director of Inner City Impact in Chicago. Bill's family has served Chicago's inner city since 1918, and Bill himself is a third generation inner city minister. In 2005, he was honored by Moody Bible Institute as Alumnus of the Year. He and his wife reside in the suburbs of Chicago.
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I am a 21 year old missionary and no one was telling me how to do things. I don't know how I found this book, but it was definitely God's gift to my fundraising process. This book communicates SO clearly on how you should go about raising funds. But what I really appreciate is the Biblical background Mr. Dillon gives. Fundraising can be a touchy subject and I was feeling quite defeated about raising funds... I was so encouraged by my reading here and really stretched. The reader is told to get uncomfortable, do things that push you outside of your comfort zone. I thought "I can skip this". NO, no you cannot just skip his wonderful wisdom. It's there because it's effective and you WILL be a better missionary because of it.
I have put a lot of prayer and faith behind my fundraising, but this book really helped me along as a clueless young person. Not only am I fully funded for my upcoming three year minimum stint abroad (as in, monthly pledges are all met), I have $4,000 in one time gifts to put in my emergency fund.....that money was all given to me, not earned by my work.
This book is a practical (and effective) tool/guide for how to get started in raising funds, which can be a bumpy journey.
Get uncomfortable, step out in faith.
ALso, after reading this, I suggested it to every person who asked me about how my traveling/missionary prep was going. I will pass it down to every missionary I mentor, and will continue to read it as I grow and learn.
I was able to raise $1,600 monthly support and $5,000 start up in only 8wks! I contribute most of my success to this book!