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20 Jun. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

The Importance of Personalization to Online Giving

As more people choose to give online to churches, Church Development shares the importance of a personal connection with your potential givers.

In wrapping up this series on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s study on why most charities fail when it comes to online giving (and what this means to the church), I’m going to share a couple of minor closing points to engage your givers.

To recap, the major points we’ve covered are as follows:

While both of these points are important, they do nothing to connect with each giver as individuals. Let’s pick that up here:    

10 Jun. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Generosity

One of the Biggest Keys to Online Giving

Church Development shares a key factor to helping people give online through your church website.

Last time I shared a study from the Chronicle of Philanthropy on how many charities have failed to make the transition with online givers. In studying the top 400 charities, they discovered that nearly two-thirds (65%) required visitors to click through 3+ pages to reach a donation link.

There’s a valuable lesson here:

5 Jun. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

Quick Stats: Most Charities Fail At Raising Money Online

In quick stats, Church Development takes a set of statistics and applies it to the current state of church giving. Today’s blog covers a study from the Chronicle of Philanthropy on how 151 charities are performing with online giving.

Technology is rapidly changing. As a result, how people are giving is also changing. Generations are shifting from placing a check in the collection plate to donating online, but even outside of the church, many charities aren’t transitioning well, and I believe that churches can learn from this.

In studying 151 charities, the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that:

22 Oct. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Generosity

Relevant Magazine: "3 Ways to Stop Stressing About Giving”

Church Development shares a starter article on charitable giving.

Relevant Magazine recently featured an article called “3 Ways to Stop Stressing About Giving.”

Like most articles on the topic, it acknowledges the awkwardness around giving, and it doesn’t cover everything. What it is, however, is a great starter article that you can share with your church. It notes that there might not be a magic feeling or 100% perfect cause, and while the methods might vary, where your heart should be on giving is the same:

3 Oct. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Tithe Secrets

Tithe Secrets: A Giving Mentor

In tithe secrets, Church Development shares how those who give 10%+ of their income to the church came to that realization. Today's tither had a mentor who emphasized the value of giving.

Last time I shared one of these tither secrets, I shared a viewpoint from a tither who believed that anything that is sacrificial is worship.

Today's testimony* comes from an older gentleman who is a mentor to many people in his church. Not surprisingly, he himself was mentored:

1 Aug. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Church Capital Campaigns

How To Avoid Having to Do a Capital Campaign At Your Church

Church Development shares the secret to never having to conduct a capital campaign.

I recently wrapped a series on why Catholic giving is lower than that of Protestants (see parts onetwo, and three, as well as what it’s not). Even if you’re not Catholic, their missteps give insight to every church as to what can stunt generosity.

If you read the series, you know there were many different opinions. However, one opinion that I didn’t share was my own. With 30 years in this industry, helping over 200 churches raise over $200 million, keeping up with the latest studies and trends, etc., I should know something, right? I like to think that I failed enough times that I had no option left but to succeed, so yes, I believe I can cite the one problem churches need to avoid.

Are you ready?

25 Jul. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Theories on Low Catholic Giving, Part Three

Church Development looks at a third round of expert opinions as to why Catholic giving is lower than that of Protestants.

I’ve now shared two groups of expert views on the reasons behind lower Catholic giving (see here and here), but we’re not done yet:

Catholic freelance author Jim Castelli had six reasons, coming up shy of the 19 reasons I mentioned from Fr. Thomas Sweester last time. 

16 Jul. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Theories on Low Catholic Giving: Part Two

Church Development looks at some more expert opinions as to why Catholic giving is lower than that of Protestants.

Last time, I covered some viewpoints on what makes Catholic lower givers. These included alienation from the laity regarding controversial teaching; not focusing on personal ability to give; parish size; and not having a sense of competition with differing faiths in the area.

Let’s see what other experts have to say:

11 Jul. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Theories on Low Catholic Giving

Church Development shares some expert opinions as to why Catholic giving is lower than that of Protestants.

Last time I shared a debate between the late Fr. Andrew Greeley and Bishop Robert McManus as to the source of low Catholic giving. Two of the common beliefs—the lower socio-economic status of Catholics and the cost of Catholic school leaving less for the collection plate—were debunked. So then, what is it?

Well, everyone has a theory:

9 Jul. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Explanations For Low Catholic Giving Debunked

Church Development shares a couple of false assumptions as to why Catholics give less than Protestants. 

In a recent blog, I noted how, even when based on what the average American gives, low Catholic giving costs the Church nearly $2 billion a year. This is not meant to be a guilt-laden number, rather a clear reason as to why missions are hurting and, even 20 years ago, 10-20% of Catholic parishes operated with a budgetary deficit.

Fr. Andrew Greeley (passed this last May, pictured above) and Bishop Robert McManus debated why Catholics lag behind Protestants in their giving. First up was debunking a couple of common beliefs: