in Vital Posts and filtered by Planned Giving, Conflict, Communications
By Jim Murphy
Tick-tock! It’s time to start planning your end-of-the-year giving campaign! In our latest blog, Jim Murphy, Managing Director of Endowment Management Services at ECF, reminds us of the different ways that donors can give that can be more convenient for them than cash and checks. He includes some templates and sample text that are available for download.
By Richelle Thompson
Richelle Thompson shares the story of Graeter’s ice cream’s copy editing error to make a valuable pint, uh, point, that we are quick to cast blame and slow to extend grace. This company’s act of Christian charity is an example of humility for all of us members of the “gotcha!” culture.
By Ken Quigley
Most people die without a written will. Which leaves their families at the mercy of the state, which will distribute assets after death. The state will pay the lawyers first, then any taxes or creditors and finally family. If you don’t have a will, make one.
By Jim Murphy
In this blog, Jim Murphy explores the concept of congregation as family. “When someone makes a planned gift of any kind to their parish, that person raises their congregation to the level of family in their estate plans.”
By Cathy Hornberger
This month we offer five resources to help your congregation with communication challenges.
By Linda Buskirk
Three ideas on what churches might do to step up their communications, particularly the use of social media.
By Melissa Rau
This month we offer five resources to help your congregation manage conflict.
By Alan Bentrup
Here’s the bottom line: Attending a church for the first time is difficult. Having clear information on our websites can help make that first experience a little easier.
By Lisa G. Fischbeck
How do we describe ourselves in 24 words or less
By Annette Buchanan
When was the last time a delegation of 5 or more people from your church attended an event that addressed an area of vital importance to your congregation?