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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You are about creating a community of love. It takes about 5 minutes to get the point. Do you ever use money to control people or events? I especially enjoy Nouwen’s analysis of relationality and community as being at the core of our work in fundraising–the goal is not money, but relationship, building community, creating the Kingdom. You’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to do as Christians. Short, simple book on a topic not often written about: As long as I have some money in the bank, nothing can really happen.

And I said, “How do you dare to ask for money in this office? This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Author information was updated as of the article’s post date. And I am so afraid that I am loved only because of my money. Paperback64 pages.

In a way the whole subject came up in our community because quite often, fundraising is something that happens as a response to a crisis — you don’t have enough money — you’re in trouble somewhere, and so you say, “We need some money, how are we going to get it, we have to start asking for it”.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Worth a look for anyone involved in raising money, and maybe also for those who give it too. The person or group from whom you ask money has to feel that they are invited into something new. And this is something about which you are not supposed to be begging. If you say that your work is to offer a holistic, ecological approach to the question of fertility, and personal health care — if that’s what you are about — then you are about the Kingdom.


A Spirituality of Fundraising

Sep 27, Rachelle Sperling rated it really liked it. Are you willing to find a little piece of freedom in yourself?

If you come back from asking and you feel awful, there is something wrong. And suddenly you realize that you aren’t used to doing this, and you feel awkward about it, and you feel a little embarrassed about it. After a long period of declining energy, which he chronicled in his final book, Sabbatical Journeyhe died in September from a sudden heart attack.

I didn’t know what to do, so I said, “Well, go and have dinner with him.

A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J.M. Nouwen

It was just about six years ago; someone had read a lot of my books, and called my assistant at the university; I wasn’t there, I was fundraiing away for a few months; and he said, “I’m reading Henri Nouwen’s books and I wonder, does he need any money because I really want him to write more and it is expensive to write books these days.

Where do you find your security? How did henrj make all that money?

Fantastic short read for anyone who fundraises in ministry. In any case, what this man was saying spiritually to me was, “I ask for money standing up, not bowing down, because I believe in what I am about. I don’t care how you spend it; I just want you to have it. It persuades people to view fundraising as an opportunity to announce the mission of your particular organization, and invite people to work with you to achieve it’s purpose.


Be sure that you do not have to beg. A short but sweet book that in an hour or two detailed read helped me understand fundraising for ministry as an actual spiritual discipline rather than a necessary chore before we get to the real work. I once went to see a big fund raiser in Texas, and I remember walking into his office and seeing a beautiful mahogany desk, wonderful paintings hanging on the wall, and a magnificent marble sculpture.


A must-read for anyone who has to raise funds; it’s one I have a feeling I’ll re-read at least annually. Fundraising is first of all, a form of ministry. The money is the least interesting thing. Great framing language for how we relate to fundraising and caring for our own financial resources. You don’t say, “Please we have a nice little project going here, and wouldn’t you like to help us out a bit”. Your trust, your basic trust, Jesus says, has to be in God.

Asking for money and giving can draw us into deeper relationships with others, he believes. Second time through this little gem.

Not talking about how to get money. Nouwen asks the question, ‘What is the Scriptural basis for fundraising’ not from the philathropist’s side, but from the fundraiser. fundrising

A Spirituality of Fundraising (Print Book)

You must be very conscious of our call. A lot of people say, “Don’t talk about religion, that’s my private business. I’m going to play a little game with you. By way of introduction, I want to say that fund raising, if you think about it from the perspective of the Gospel, is not a response to a crisis.

You’ll get nothing from me. Many rich people are very lonely. They don’t like to invest money in people who say, “I don’t have anything.