As ministry, fundraising is equally concerned about the well-being of the asker, the giver, and the beneficiaries. Each part of this fundraising equation can be a blessing to the other parts. If the process of asking, giving, and receiving does not lift and honor each party, then it is not ministry and service. . . . Fundraising as ministry expects that we will engage, dialogue, dream, and pray together. In so doing, we all can benefit spiritually.
—Henri J.M. Nouwen with Nathan Ball, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)
How can you be mindful of the well-being of everyone involved in your daily activities?
Join the conversation.
Let each of you look not to your own interests but to the interests of others.
—Philippians 2:4 (NRSVUE)
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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