Three Good Reasons Why You Need An End of Year Giving Plan

There are three good reasons why you need an end of year giving plan.  I have used end of year giving plans to help countless churches close out their year strong setting the stage for a successful New Year.  I can help you too but you need to first be convinced that you need a plan.  So, here are three good reasons why 1.  Your mission is God given and deserves to be fully funded.  The local church does more than any other institution on the planet.  Your church does amazing things that no one else can do.  You reach […]

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How to Use the IRS to Increase Giving

Could the IRS help you increase giving at your church?  The answer is yes when we consider that the IRS allows your members to deduct their gift to your church as a charitable gift.  It might not be literally true that the IRS can increase giving at your church.  Yet their statutes make giving to your church a win for your donors and for you because those donations become a tax write off.

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It’s Getting Late But it is Not Too Late

It’s getting late but it is not too late to do something about end of year giving!  Will you wait until it’s too late to make budget this year?  A while back I received a desperate email from a church.  In part here is what it said, “We are running in the red right now about 45,000 dollars.”  While asking now in November might be considered the eleventh hour none the less at least he was aware of the need to do something. Right now do you know where you are in terms of whether or not you will make budget? […]

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Best Email Practices for End of Year

How many times a day do you look at your smartphone to check your email?  Just Google that and you will find we touch our phones a couple of thousand times a day.  It all adds up to hours a day, 365 days a year.  We do everything with our smartphones and we seldom go anywhere without them.  Suffice it to say, we are a mobile society now when it comes to how we process information and even how we do commerce.  Welcome to the 21st century.

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Do You Pray to Make Budget?

When it comes to being fully funded do you pray to make budget?  We pray about everything but we seldom if ever pray to make budget.  Why would we pray about that?  Because making budget, being fully funded, means you can do all the things you believe God has in store for your church.  Why would you not pray to make budget? I treat giving as a spiritual act that all disciples should participate in.  Giving is a spiritual discipline just like prayer, sharing our faith etc.  The tragedy is that few see giving this way.  But let’s think about […]

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Your End of Year Giving Goals

You need to establish now what your end of year giving goals should be.  How important is end of year giving?  Consider that non-profit charities bring in about 25% of their yearly revenue from Thanksgiving to the last day of the year. They have specific targeted messages, goals and outcomes they aim for.  What about you?  Without a target or a goal you might be missing out on collecting thousands of dollars that some non-profit will get instead.  So, let’s get started on thinking about your end of year giving goals. What Should My End of Year Goal Be?  Let’s […]

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Combating the Coming Storm of Declining Giving

This hurricane season we have learned the power of nature and the importance of being prepared.  As I write this America is cleaning up after three powerful hurricanes have torn through our coastal areas.  The impact of these storms while bad could have been worse if residents had not been warned and acted upon those warnings.  We have come a long way in our science of understanding hurricanes and in our predicting their paths.  That knowledge kept the loss of lives and damage at a much smaller rate than a century ago.  It pays to know when and where a […]

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4 Steps For Increasing End of Year Giving

Are you prepared for the two minute warning when it comes to increasing your giving?   If you are a football fan then you know what the two minute warning is.  In professional football it is when the official stops play to tell the coach there are two minutes left in the game.  The difference between winning and losing often comes down to which team preforms the best in those last two minutes.   Winning teams have set two minute drills they run which they practice repeatedly throughout the year. How important is the fourth quarter?  Ask the Atlanta Falcons that question!  […]

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