Bequest Stories #1 – The Flowery Hand from the Grave

Years ago a lady who lived on the outskirts of Atlanta included her church in her will. She left the church her home and two acres. The lady loved flowers and her will’s instructions were that the annual money from the bequest investments was to … [Continue reading]

The Executor

My office door was always open and several LOLs (little old ladies) would sit in my office talking with me while I worked. Phyllis had no family except for two basset hounds. She used her church friends to the point where they were tired of helping … [Continue reading]

End of Calendar Year Gifts

When it comes to end of year, you need to have careful attention to some details: What is the date on the check?When did it come into the possession of the church?When did it cease to be in the possession of the donor?If it was mailed, what is the … [Continue reading]

Special Offerings for Specific Needs

Churches can have up to four special offerings for missions and other causes in a year - any more than that and it begins to affect the contributions to the ministry/operating budget of the church. Here are some ways to have special offerings that … [Continue reading]

Send Donor Statements More Frequently

Startup Stock Photos Let your donors know regularly how much they’ve given. Send contribution statements five times: the first week after each quarter ends plus an extra one the first week of December. A statement in early December … [Continue reading]

First Impressions

People who come to your church for the first time have made a serious investment of two or three hours of their time, overcoming anxiety about going to a new place, and trusting their kids to complete strangers. Churches must reciprocate by making … [Continue reading]

First Time Donors

Coming to a church for the first time means giving up several hours of your day (getting dressed to come, driving, being there, and going home). People have to be willing to attend something where they don’t know what is going to … [Continue reading]

Giving Power

On March 28, 2019 a fire completely destroyed the apartments of 48 college students in Harrisonburg, VA, the home of James Madison University. Shortly after the fire, a student created a GoFundMe site asking for $48,000; within five days, the site … [Continue reading]