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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I recently saw a tweet linking to a dozen charts depicting twelve wildly differing definitions of what Let me recall what I said earlier; asking people for money is giving them the opportunity of putting their resources at the disposal of the Kingdom, it is giving other people the chance of offering their resources for the work of God.

This little book is what you need. Fundraising must always create new, lasting relationships. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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. Challenging and Inspiring As always Henri both inspires one to see ministry through a new lens by first understanding oneself at a deeper level. So you have to do it, and don’t be tricked into thinking that fundraising is a sort of secular thing. People give to something they believe in.


Your trust, your basic trust, Jesus says, has to be in God. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. When rich people make us jealous or angry, we simply show that we are not free, and therefore, in a strange way, not ready to ask. You give a thousand dollars to somebody who asked you because you wanted to help the children and you find out that he used it for a trip to the Caribbean.

Nenri you have money, how do you spend it? It’s very important, especially insofar as I address you as fund npuwen — that you be free from money in terms of your security base. In fundraising we discover that we are all poor and we are all rich Fund raising has to be good for you. You say, “Aren’t you glad that we, who give our time and our lives to a holistic, ecologic fertility and health care, invite you in and aren’t you delighted that you are allowed to make your resources available for this great work?

How does having or not having money, affect your self-esteem? My father always said, “Henri, be sure you don’t become dependent on anybody.

A Spirituality of Fundraising

A quick but profound read on how fundraising is a spiritual practice. Because that’s what the holistic approach to fertility is; a holistic call to be fruitful as Jesus calls us to be fruitful. A must-read for anyone who has to raise funds; it’s one I have a feeling I’ll re-read at least annually.


It’s a mission, not a task, that people want to participate in. Nov 20, Sam Schreiner rated it really liked it. I don’t care how you spend it; I just want you to have it. At the invitation of Vanier he visited L’Arche in France, the first of over communities around the world where people with developmental disabilities henru and share life together with those who care for them. It’s useful for someone heading into a ministry that necessitates raising financial support.

A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J.M. Nouwen

Fund raising from the point of view of the gospel, is saying to people: It will take henro more to convince someone to become a fundraiser if they are not already. Fund raising has to be good for you. Or does that even occur to you?

And sometimes, when you ask, people may say, “Never! The money is the least interesting thing. I want you to sense — right here — that what we’re talking about involves a real turnabout, a real conversion. I once went to see a big fund raiser in Texas, and I remember walking into his office and seeing a beautiful mahogany desk, wonderful fundraisng hanging on the wall, and a magnificent marble sculpture.