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The Future of Giving? It Ain’t Paper!

The Future of Giving? It Ain’t Paper!

In 2013 I shared a presentation entitled, “The Future of Giving?  It Ain’t Paper!  After this weekend’s Black Friday holiday shopping now more than ever is this true.  Monday’s Wall Street Journal’s Business and Finance section had a lead article entitled, “Mobile Further Crowds Retail.”  Consider what they found from the Thanksgiving 2016 shopping period called Black Friday… 99 million people shopped in physical stores but, 109 million shopped online! 18% increase in online spending on Thanksgiving and Black Friday over ’15 -11% decline in Black Friday visits with sales dropping 10% 60% of Wal-Mart Black Friday online sales came […]

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How to Use the IRS to Increase Giving

How to Use the IRS to Increase Giving

One way to make budget at the end of the year is to know how to use the IRS to increase giving.  That might seem crazy but the law of the land can help you as you attempt to close the gap in end of year giving.  If you are interested read on. It is jokingly stated that there are only two certainties in life, death and taxes.  Every one has to pay some tax whether it is the food you buy or the check you get.  Taxes are inevitable.  Yet here is a cool reality, gifts to charities AND […]

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We Hope to Increase Our Budget

We Hope to Increase Our Budget

“We hope to increase our budget from 800K to $1 million.”  That was what a person told me their pastor stated recently at a congregational meeting.  Hope?  The saying, “hope is not a strategy,” first came to my mind.  When churches use the word hope it is far different than when the Bible talks about hope.  Hope in the Bible is a firm confidence.  Hope when used by a church about giving means, well, maybe, perhaps. I have a question pastor, how do you plan to make that hope a reality?  That would have been my question.  I would not have […]

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10 Steps to a Better Offering

10 Steps to a Better Offering

If you will take these 10 steps to a better offering you will raise more money!  My Giving365 members have found this to be true.  One client increased the giving at his church by 30% all because they changed how the took up the offering using my strategies.  Here is a quote… “Our giving can be summed up with one word: phenomenal!  Giving is up 30%+ this year.  We connect the dots every week, using your offering talks.  This has been life changing for our church as we no longer scrape around for money every week.  Every single week, we say, “When […]

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Can You Give Me a Call at Your Convenience?

Can You Give Me a Call at Your Convenience?

“Can you give me a call at your convenience,” was the question a member of Giving365 texted me recently.  He stated, “I have a short question for you that I would rather ask by phone about an upcoming offering talk.  I need less than five minutes of your time.”  I had actually taken a break from writing and was on a walk.  I immediately texted him my phone number and we talked for perhaps no more than five minutes.  What makes this so remarkable? First, it is the fact that several days before Sunday this pastor was thinking and planning […]

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What We Should Learn From Hurricane Matthew

What We Should Learn From Hurricane Matthew

Before I leave Charleston County, SC I wanted to write about what we should learn from Hurricane Matthew.  It’s Wednesday and at 3 PM today the governor of South Carolina ordered my country to be evacuated.  It takes hours to evacuate areas like mine so when a hurricane approaches emergency plans are implemented.  From Florida all the way up the east coast our attention is on Hurricane Matthew.  When and where will it hit the U.S.?  How much damage will it do?  Here in South Carolina our governor Nikki Haley is not taking any chances.  She has ordered coastal evacuations […]

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It Interrupts the Flow of Worship

It Interrupts the Flow of Worship

“Just when we really get going in worship then it is time for the offering and it interrupts the flow of worship!”  That was a comment by a staff member of a church that had engaged me to reverse a decline in their giving.  As I listened in amazement to this comment I thought, is it any wonder their giving is declining?  Too many pastors and staff members don’t treat the offering as worship.  It is simply an intrusion upon the service. Is that the view of your staff?  Attitude impacts everything we do.  If we don’t have a good […]

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Does the Red Cross Apologize When They Ask For Money?

Does the Red Cross Apologize When They Ask For Money?

When people say that the church talks too much about money I ask, “Does the Red Cross apologize when they ask for money?  Never!  They just tell you there is a need and ask you to give money or blood.  At least in the Church we are not asking people to give blood!  So why is it that charities never get complaints about asking for money too much when churches get eviscerated every time we ask for funds?  There are multiple reasons like… We have let the world set the agenda when it should be the church that sets the […]

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How to Use Email to Raise Funds

How to Use Email to Raise Funds

If your church is going to be fully funded you will need to know how to use email to raise funds.  If you have not noticed our world is becoming increasingly digital and less paper driven.  This is particularly true of younger generations.  This makes it all the more important for you to understand how to use emails in raising funds. The second biggest mistake churches make with regards to email is not understanding how they are read.  The majority of emails are not read on a smart device.  Studies have shown that 55% of emails are read on a […]

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Please Stop Apologizing For Changing the World

Please Stop Apologizing For Changing the World

When it comes to improving your offerings, please stop apologizing for changing the world.  I visited a church yesterday and as the staff member was setting up the offering he said, “If you are a guest today you can just push that offering basket aside as you don’t have to give.  The offering is for our members not you.”  I call this approach apologizing for the offering. Here is what I would like to ask that staff member and his pastor.  Is the offering worship or not?  I know they would say it is worship.  My reply then would be […]

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