How your church can participate in Giving Tuesday

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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For the past four years, Giving Tuesday has followed the widely recognized post-Thanksgiving shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The day kicks off the giving season, when many people in the U.S. focus on holiday and year-end giving.

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A time to express thanks

Posted by Sally Grantham

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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This week, we welcome back Sally Grantham from partner ACS Technologies to the Vanco blog. Sally shares a mother’s thoughts on being thankful and being thanked, and she reflects on how this can apply to your church’s giving program.

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Could your church survive a downturn in giving?

Posted by Jim Kreller

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 10, 2016 2:00:00 PM

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It’s a simple equation: When people have more, they’ll give more. So when the economy is good, charitable giving increases.

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Sharing your mission with your congregation

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 27, 2016 2:30:00 PM

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Many people give to their church because they want to make the world a better place to live. They want to know that their charitable giving is making a difference in the world, and believe that the work their church does in the community meets that goal for them.

That belief motivates almost 75 percent of churchgoers to give to their churches, according to research we did last year. In order to capture that generosity, churches have a lot of work to do to let their congregations know how their giving makes a difference.

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Keeping the Stewardship Conversation Alive

Posted by Kevin Lee

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Voices on Stewardship was born out of conversations I had with clients, pastors and people at my own church – more folks than I would have imagined telling me that they need additional information and insight to encourage greater generosity among their congregations, especially when it comes to e-Giving.

This is a critical issue to church survival, since giving to churches continues to decline as a percentage of overall charitable donations, even as overall contributions reached an all-time high last year, according to Giving USA.

Knowing that excellent websites, books and consultants already were available, I wondered what we could do to help.

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Growing your ministry starts with a strategic plan

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Fewer people attend church and giving to churches isn’t keeping up with the overall growth in charitable giving. That’s why it’s so important for churches to focus on projects that can help grow their ministries.

Whether your church wants to grow its membership, increase stewardship or has some other project in mind, success depends on starting with a strong strategic plan.

Here are some things to remember when you’re creating that plan:

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Faithpoint UMC drives online giving to 70%

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM

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Faithpoint United Methodist Church is proud of its e-Giving success, and rightfully so. Almost three-fourths of its members give online and its overall revenue has increased since the church added e-Giving to its stewardship program.

How did Faithpoint, which opened in 2003, launch and grow its online giving so quickly? Senior pastor George Wasson points to three key drivers: culture, convenience and communication.

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Ask your members for 5 minutes to build a stronger ministry

Posted by Jim Kreller

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 1, 2016 3:00:00 PM

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Asking your congregation for just 5 minutes of their time can help you create a more powerful, better-supported ministry.

That’s all the time they’ll need to take a short survey about their interests and activities. Knowledge is power, and understanding how they prefer to spend their time and money can help you determine a vision and direction for future member, outreach and stewardship programs.

To help, we’ve designed a short survey you can use to find out more about your congregation’s technology habits, communication preferences, interests and attitudes toward giving.

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Need to reach more givers? Try a mobile app

Posted by Jim Kreller

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 19, 2016 4:00:00 PM

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Churchgoers feel a need to give to their churches. When we surveyed more than 1,000 of them, they told us they donated for reasons that encompass duty, helping the church and belief that the church does important work spiritually and in the community.

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Energizing your congregation through their favorite activities

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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Knowing how your congregation prefers to give is just part of the generosity equation. You also need to know where their interests lie so that you’re asking them to volunteer their time, contribute money or take part in outreach programs in ways that are meaningful to them.

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