Different Approaches to Giving
Christian Stewardship versus Secular Fundraising
Stewardship: Primarily concerned with the development of individuals and their place as members of the Body of Christ
Fundraising: Primarily concerned with the organization meeting its financial obligations.
Stewardship: Seeks life-long change for individual
Fundraising: Seeks to reach an immediate financial goal.
Stewardship: Concerned with the vocational development of the individual.
Fundraising: Concerned with the financial commitment of the individual.
Stewardship: Based on respect for individuals and their place in the community of faith.
Fundraising: Based on estimation of the wealth of individuals and their social standing.
Stewardship: Promotes altruistic acts of compassion.
Fundraising: Promotes recognition for acts of contribution.
Stewardship: Invites everyone to be generous according to their ability.
Fundraising: Invites a select number of wealthy individuals to make pace-setting gifts.
Stewardship: Creates a plan based upon core beliefs and confession of faith.
Fundraising: Creates a marketing plan to persuade or manipulate people into giving money.
Stewardship: A vocation to goodness emanating from a confession of faith and immersion in two millennia of tradition, culminating in a baptismal covenant with God.
Fundraising: A process of practices and conduct predicated upon a legalistic approach focused on the individual, culminating in a “donor bill of rights” governed by an association of “professionals”.
Stewardship: Provides and opportunity for people to give witness to their faith in proportional means.
Fundraising: Provides an opportunity for people to self-identify their level of commitment, e.g. “Sustaining member”
Stewardship: Concerned with retaining each and every member of the faith community.
Fundraising: Concerned about growing the databse, even at the expense of some current donors.
Stewardship: Believes taht offerings stem from people’s commitment to their faith and community.
Fundraising: Believes that donations are the best way to build commitment from the database of donors.
Stewardship: Thematically promotes the idea that giving is a sign of appreciation and returns to God that which is God’s own creation.
Fundraising: Thematically promotes the idea that people are the masters and possessors of their own wealth, and that a gift can promote their standing.
Stewardship: Approaches individuals with the hope and promise of promoting stewardship, religious values and spiritual growth.
Fundraising: Objectifies individuals, treating them as problems to be “solved” in order to meet financial goals and organizational objectives.
( “The Passionate Steward” , O’Hurley-Pitts, Michael, St. Brigid Press, ISBN 0-9731378-0-0)
I think he’s got some interesting points here. What do you think?