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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 know a person, who is very very rich. I know people in our community who live just from the friendship with our community; they come and visit, and fundaising is there that they find nurture and support.

Author information was updated as of the article’s post date. Nov 05, Alice Zhang rated it liked it Shelves: Quick read to refresh ministry workers about the purpose and ministry of partnership development. Author profiles may not reflect author’s current employment or location.

Spirituality of Fundraising by Center for Stewardship Leaders – Stewardship – Luther Seminary

Father Nouwen was a good friend of the late Joseph Nouween Bernardin. 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. Certainly, fund raising, from a spiritual point of view, is a very concrete way to help the Kingdom come about. And asking doesn’t just mean inviting them to get to know some people, but to get to know a vision. Secondly, asking people for money is inviting them into a new communion.

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. Fundraising must always create new, lasting relationships.


It is a way of announcing your vision, and inviting other people into your vision with the resources that are available to them. Worth a look for anyone nouwdn in raising money, and maybe also for those who give it too.

A Spirituality of Fundraising

Mar 19, Dave rated it really liked it Shelves: My greatest take away: Nouwen’s goal is to empower the fundraiser to see their task as the Lord sees it and to value it as much as they do other work and ministry. Great fundrising language for how we relate to fundraising and caring for our own financial resources. Or does that even occur to you? Jesus, however, says something very nouewn. Do you like to give your money to friends or institutions?

If you have money, how do you spend it? I’m co-chairing an upcoming fundraiser for a cause I believe in. Open Preview See a Problem?

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A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J.M. Nouwen

Community is one of the greatest gifts we have to offer. In fundraising we discover that we are all poor and we are all rich Fund raising has to be good for you.

So it is precisely the opposite of begging. You’re no longer begging. While Nouwen is always rich and this gave me a lot to think about, it left me wishing that he had taken the time to write more on the subject. The conversion that we as fundraisers need to go through to be able to ask for support without hesitation and the conversion the giver needs to go through in order to see that their giving is allowing them to partner with someone who is being their nouwej and feet in another country or endeavor.

Good overview of spiritual reasons to fundraise. The book is very short and to the point, which is good. May 29, Tami rated it really liked it Shelves: Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen Nouen— was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life. Finally, I came back; the two had become good friends — even though my assistant was about 25 years old, and the banker was about Nouwen’s books are widely read today by Protestants and Catholics alike.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Many rich people suffer a lot from feelings of rejection or of being used, or of depression. It’s a mission, not cundraising task, that people want henti participate in.

It will take much more to convince someone to become a fundraiser if they are not already. So you must listen to it. Now, the statement I want to make here is very simple. 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.

Is it in God or is it in money? Fundraisong is one of the greatest taboos. Anyone working in ministry of any kind and especially those who raise financial support either for themselves or for their organizations will benefit from this. This is a wonderful little Christian primer reminding me that fundraising is all about confidence in the mission fundraisint vision of the organization and about the relationship I seek with God in the process of asking peeps for money.

This book definitely strikes a different tone about fundraising.