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Lilya WagnerThe Stacked Deck

David sat back with a satisfied sigh.  In another week he and his organization were going to celebrate real victory!  Because of his work and management of a capital campaign, the goal of nearly $3 million had been reached–and ahead of schedule.  Besides that, he had incrementally increased the annual fund income and added to the endowment fund, in spite of the dire economic circumstances of the country and his city.   The constituents and friends of his organization had pitched in with unprecedented vigor, and he felt the warm satisfaction of having led in that team spirit.  Seeing a volunteer who had hesitated to get involved in the first place accompany him to close a major gift had been one of the highlights of his professional life.  According to what he had learned, particularly through The Fund Raising School training he acquired over time, having a peer participate in major gift cultivation and solicitation was a significant success factor, and he was happy to give credit to his boss and volunteers for the significant sums they brought in.  He knew his boss appreciated his work and enthusiastically participated in bringing the campaign to a successful closure.   Read more >>

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Successful Fundraising: A Handbook for Best Practices

Much can be accomplished for nonprofit organizations of all types if sound fundraising principles are followed, and practice is based on successful experience. Fundraising is an organized practice, a logical process—one that takes time and careful thought to implement.

Whether you are fundraising for a church, school, hospital, ministry, or other nonprofit, this handbook can help. Read it to learn about grant proposals, capital campaigns, annual funds, donor relations, transparency and accountability, and more. Read more>>

Successful Fundraising - Second Edition Successful Fundraising 2nd EditionAre you planning a building project-a new church, school building, or Community Service Building? Does it seem like your campaign for funds goes on forever? Are your members or constituents tired of talking about money? If you have these questions and probably many others, this book is for you… Successful Fundraising, the PSI-produced fundraising handbook first published approximately two years ago, has been updated and revised, and additional chapters are now included in the 2015 edition. This handbook is available through Advent Source and is affordable at approximately a $19.95 price. The new chapters are in response to many inquiries regarding topics such as grant proposal writing, the effect of fundraising on tithe and offerings, in-kind and non-philanthropic support, recognition, and several other topics. The handbook continues to be widely used and valued, according to feedback from PSI clients. This expanded version will contain the original chapters which have been updated and revised. Although originally designed to be a resource for pastors, churches and their organizations, the handbook has proven to be a valuable resource for most other Adventist organizations. Along with it comes PSI advice and consulting (on-site, if possible), additional resource materials, and other programs described on PSI’s website, www.philanthropicservice.com.

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