October 18, 2017

5 Resources on Mindful Giving

This month we offer five resources to help your congregation with different generational aspects to giving. Please share this digest with your parish leadership and extend an invitation to subscribe to ECF Vital Practices to receive Vestry Papers and the monthly digest.

1. Generational Characteristics of Giving: What to Do?
Generational Characteristics of Giving: What to Do? shares general characteristics and strategies for rethinking how to form new givers in your parish across generations.


2. How to Plan a “Final Affairs” Fair
How to Plan a “Final Affairs” Fair shares a template which you can use to effectively organize a planned giving and end of life activity for your congregation.


3. Money – What’s It to You?
Money – What’s It to You? explores how family origin, culture, and religious traditions shape our ideas about money and stewardship.


4. Pledging: Should Clergy Know?
Pledging: Should Clergy Know? shares the collective knowledge and advice from church fundraising professionals on this sometimes controversial topic.


5. Digital Giving: A Practice of Hospitality
Digital Giving: A Practice of Hospitality shares basic principles to help any congregation start a digital giving program.


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