If fundraising as ministry is about loving and being loved, then it is also a call to conversion for everyone involved. First, rooted in our call to help build a community of love, we are challenged to shift from an ashamed stance of bowing down as we ask for money to standing confidently. Fundraising is not begging. Our culture wants us to judge ourselves and others in terms of status, money, and power. We “look up” to some people and “look down” upon others. When we are fully grounded in love, nobody is beneath us and nobody is above us. It takes courage to develop this confidence in who we are and apply this to our work as fundraisers.
—Henri J.M. Nouwen with Nathan Ball, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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Finally, let’s draw near to the throne of favor with confidence so that we can receive mercy and find grace when we need help.
—Hebrews 4:16 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, show me how to use my talents and my treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
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Join the Henri Nouwen Society for A Spirituality of Fundraising: For Those Who Give & Raise Funds every Wednesday from February 7–March 6, 2024. This webinar series will bring together fundraisers and philanthropists for honest and rich conversations about spiritual postures and practices for health and sustainability. Register here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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