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Whether you are fundraising for your church, your missions organization, or for yourself as a missionary; fundraising can be one of the most challenging aspects of any non-profit ministry. Many missionaries don't make it past fundraising, and many others leave the field because of it. Regardless of how you feel about raising your own funds, unless you're a highly successful tent maker, it's going to be a necessary part of your ministry.

While many people dread hearing the words, there are actually some tangible benefits from fundraising (or deputation, as some call it.) Here are just a few of the benefits of raising your own funds:

So, without further ado, let's dig into some of the various fundraising resources available. As usual, we'll provide a list of books and videos, articles, web links, and organizations. Before leaving, be sure to share your fundraising ideas, questions, concerns, frustrations, and advice in our discussion forum. God bless, and God speed!

Articles and Events

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- Hosting a Yard Sale Fundraiser by Josh Jones

This article looks at the pros and cons of a yard sale fundraiser and how to maximize your efforts.
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- Take the Dread out of Fundraising by Bill Dillon

This article will help you develop a 12 step support strategy for fundraising as well as introduce you to some key fundraising resources.
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Books and Videos

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1. Emercy's Short-Term Missions Toolbox
by Joshua Jones

This toolbox has everything a new short-term mission team leader could need to get started. This is not another how-to book; this is a CD full of printable and editable documents that you'll use with your team. Team member applications, meeting guides, stock photos, the whole nine yards!
Published by Emercy (November 2005)
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2. Financial Peace: Revisited
by Dave Ramsey, Sharon Ramsey

Dave Ramsey is a Christian financial counselor with a nationally syndicated radio program. This is an excellent resource for learning to manage your families finances.
Published by Viking Press (December 2002)
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3. Friend Raising: Building a Missionary Support Team That Lasts
by Betty J. Barnett

Betty Barnett has performed a siginficant service for all "faith missions". This is a valuable tool for every-one preparing to build a missionary support team"....
Published by YWAM Pub (January 2002)
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4. Funding Your Ministry: Whether You're Gifted or Not
by Scott Morton

Using a fun, comprehensive approach, Funding Your Ministry Whether You’re Gifted or Not addresses the obstacles faced by anyone in ministry who raises personal support.
Published by Dawson Media (July 1, 1999)
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5. Fundraising for Nonprofits : How to Build a Community Partnership
by P. Burke Keegan

From "A guide that shows nonprofit organizations how to raise funds more effectively by working with their communities."
Published by HarperResource (April 13, 1994)
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6. Getting Sent: A Relational Approach to Support Raising
by Peter T. Somer

Getting Sent is a clearly written, practical guide to raising financial support for ministry. It demystifies the deputation process, debunks myths about why people give and presents a step-by-step plan for building and maintaining a long-term support team.
Published by Intervarsity Press (October 1999)
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7. Giving and Stewardship in an Effective Church : A Guide for Every Member
by Kennon L. Callahan

From "Here's the complete guide to setting and achieving the financial goals of your church. Exploring the principles, possibilities, and motivations for giving, Callahan's step-by-step manual will help ministers and lay leaders advance the mission of the church through well-planned budgeting and fundraising. Must-reading for pastors, church treasurers, and finance boards! 132 pages, hardcover from Jossey-Bass."
Published by Jossey-Bass (August 1, 1997)
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8. Growing Givers' Hearts : Treating Fundraising As A Ministry
by Thomas H. Jeavons and Rebekah Burch Basinger

A truly spiritual way of looking at fundraising as an opportunity to nurture current and prospective donors and facilitate their growth in faith. Growing Givers' Hearts explores how development staff, executives, and board members from across the theological spectrum can make faith-building opportunities for donors their first priority; act on their confidence in God's abundance; draw from their theological tradition in their approach to fundraising; involve a vital cross-section of staff in planning; and cultivate spiritually mature leadership.
Published by Jossey-Bass (March 2000)
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9. People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Support
by William Dillon

I have talked with William on multiple occassions. He is definitely knowledgable about fundraising and I highly recommend this book. EmercyCARD holders are elligible for discounts when going through the EmercyCARD website.
Published by Moody Publishers (August 1993)
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10. Quickbooks Pro 2005
by Intuit

This is a great software program for financial management.
Published by Intuit (2005)
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11. The Pastor's Guide to Fund-Raising Success
by Dorsey E. Levell and Wayne E. Groner

Shows staff and volunteers how to integrate stewardship education and fundraising activities into congregational life all year long and year after year. Gives step-by-step details to turn fundraising from a mystery into a ministry. Dorsey Levell served for 31 years as founding executive director of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks. Wayne Groner was a senior-level college fundraising executive for 27 years including nine years as a vice president for development.
Published by Bonus Books (1999)
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Resource Directory

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1. A Sample Support Letter
2. abcfundraising
3. Chalk Line - Prayer Letter Service
4. Covenant Mission Connection
5. Donor Manager Software
6. DPI Prayer Cards
9. Funding Answers from Ask A Missionary
10. Global Health Ministries
11. Global Mission
12. Guide to Funding Ministry
13. iKobo - Send money transfers worldwide
16. Mission:World
17. Missionary Prayer Cards
18. Missionary Prayer Cards
20. Oanda - The Currency Site
21. Paypal
22. People Raising
23. SendThemForHim
24. Short Term
25. sponsor/donations
26. The Christian and Missionary Alliance
27. Tips for fundraising by Howard Culbertson
28. Wow Fundraising

Discussion Postings on Fundraising

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1. Need information
(posted by Tim on 09-15-07, 2 replies)
2. Missionaries of africa and india
(posted by Ada on 08-10-07, 0 replies)
3. Help needed to start a school for street childrens
(posted by Anil Sharma on 07-25-07, 1 reply)
4. Last 15% ideas
(posted by Shawn on 06-25-07, 3 replies)
5. I need ideas
(posted by Kathy on 03-26-07, 2 replies)
6. New website
(posted by Sherrie Hunt on 03-05-07, 0 replies)
7. Need creative tax deduction
(posted by Adam Carpenter on 01-23-07, 1 reply)
8. Need sponsor
(posted by Oradi Joshua on 10-10-06, 5 replies)
9. Trying to keep the faith...
(posted by Hope Gruss on 09-29-06, 2 replies)
10. Church planting support
(posted by Susan Heidenreich on 09-23-06, 1 reply)