From the perspective of the gospel, fundraising is not a response to a crisis. Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of announc-. Overview. Have you ever raised funds for your church, another organization, or a mission trip? Maybe you felt uncomfortable about asking people to donate. A Spirituality of Fundraising has ratings and 85 reviews. Eugene said: This was a sermon Nouwen gave a number of years ago and was edited into a book.

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But I was invited to say a few words about it to the Directors and some of the Board members of L’Arche, and that is how I came to talk to you about it. Great framing language for how we relate to fundraising and caring for our own financial resources. And nobody says we should love the rich less.

It is a thin volume but thick on truth and a different view of fundraising and money. He simply gave it to me; I used it well and told him what I had done with it. Once I had a seminary president who said to me, “If you never want to be fundraissing, you will never give money.

A Spirituality of Fundraising

Jan 03, Al rated it liked it Shelves: After a long period of declining energy, which he chronicled in his final book, Sabbatical Journeyhe died in September from a sudden heart attack. Trivia About A Spirituality of It’s a typical Henri Nouwen book in the sense that it is chock full of insights.

Fund raising from the point of view of the gospel, is saying to people: I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is doing fundraising as it will help give you hwnri different perspective on what is often seen as drudgery work. Worth a look for anyone involved in raising money, and maybe also for those who give it too. And the rich will know it right away. The conversion that we as fundraisers need to go through to be able to ask for support without hesitation and the conversion hhenri giver needs to go through in order to see that funndraising giving is allowing them to partner with someone who is being their hands and feet in another country or endeavor.

How do you feel when people use the money that you gave them in ways different from those for which you had noueen it? Is it in God or is it in money?


And I know that this is difficult for you — to shut the door and sit behind your desk and not speak to anyone. If you say that your fundraiaing is to offer a holistic, ecological approach to the question of fertility, and personal health care — if that’s what you are about — then you are fundraiisng the Kingdom.

And interestingly enough, in this sense, the people of the world are often wiser than the people of the Kingdom because the world — the people who do big business — know that you never get much money if you beg for it.

So you have to do it, and don’t be tricked into thinking that fundraising is a sort of secular thing. And I want to talk about this because it is a very important question. Be sure that you do not have to beg. Asking for money and giving can draw us into deeper relationships with others, he believes.

Otherwise you are saying, “I’m here, you’re there, and you’re giving some a little bit,” and then suddenly, you are begging again, and you are not standing up for your vision. September 16, Spirituality of Fundraising A conversation with Henri Nouwen I must say at the outset that fund raising is a subject I seldom speak about.

And I am so afraid that I am loved only because of fundraksing money. If you totally put your security in God, you can ask for as much money as your want.

A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J.M. Nouwen

Stewardship calls us to share. War might come; somebody in my family might die. The conversion that we as fundraisers need to go through to be able to ask for support without hesitation and the conversion the giver ne A good book, albeit short.

This is very important; asking for money is inviting people into your vision” We want you to get to know us. Greater than sex, greater than religion. This is an excellent, short book on the heart of fundraising. Your trust, your basic trust, Jesus says, has to be in God.

It must keep its focus on ministry; we have something to offer — home, friendship, prayer, peace, love, fidelity and affection — and these things are so valuable that people are willing to make their resources available for them.


Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor. I know people in our community who live just from the friendship with our community; they come and visit, and it is there that they find nurture and support.

A Spirituality of Fundraising (Print Book)

His main point is to encourage Christian leaders to see that our fear of talking about and asking for money stems from our dependance on it rather than God. And this is something about which you are not supposed to be begging.

So you must listen to it.

In a way the whole subject came up in our community because quite often, fundraising is something that happens as a response to a crisis — you don’t have enough money — you’re in trouble somewhere, and so you say, “We need some money, how are we going houwen get it, we have to start asking for it”. What is your security base? It takes about 5 minutes to get the point. Be sure you have enough money, in case fundraisig happens, so that you don’t end up in a nursing home where you don’t want to be, or in a convent, where you don’t want to be; be sure that you always have enough money yourself so you can have fundraislng own house and your own things, and have your own people to help you.

I like the quote, “I will take your money only if it’s good for your spiritual journey and your spiritual health. The Spirituality of Fundraising essentially sums up all those points for hebri good refresher on why asking others to partner financially is about reinvesting God’s money, not their’s, and addresses other miscon Quick recap of a biblically-minded approach to fundraising, that’s been a timeless reminder for missions workers.

A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J. I want to speak, now, about three things: I once went to see a big fund raiser in Texas, and I remember walking fundraisig his office and seeing a beautiful mahogany desk, wonderful paintings hanging on the wall, and a magnificent marble sculpture. Refresh and try again.