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I have a goal – to help you raise your part of one billion dollars for Christian ministries and community-based organizations by the year 2020. How? Through two essentials in development: vision casting and relationship building. I call this campaign “Vision 2020.” It has the potential to have a major worldwide impact on organizations.

Won't you join me in this ambitious endeavor?

Raise Your Vision

Your Board’s Role in Fundraising Events by Mike Stickler

September 16, 2014

  You’re hard at work planning your next big fundraising event. You and your staff are scrambling to attend to endless details. You need to recruit and train volunteers. You need to publicize your event. You’re devising a strategy for follow-up of each person who attends. Where is your leadership board in all of this? Are they involved? They need to be. The fact is your leadership board comprises some of your organization’s most effective ambassadors. Why is that? They are (and they should be) the individuals who are the most bought-into your organization’s vision. If your organization lacks a clear and compelling vision, well then, helping to define the vision is Job One for them. If they are supporting...

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What Ministry Executives Need To Learn From 9/11 By Mike Stickler

September 11, 2014

I remember where I was when I first saw the images on the TV screen. The news was just reporting that planes had been flown into the World Trade Center. I was at a coffee bar in Grand Cayman. No, really! I was getting some coffee to take back to my wife, who was beginning a lazy day of vacation.

Who doesn't remember where they were on that tragic, unforgettable day?

In the aftermath of 9/11, my team was called to consult about certain ministries’ financial devastation. Some ministries survived; many didn't. All organizations need to be prepared for unforeseen financial problems. In a SWOT analysis, the "T" stands for THREATS. Threats come from the outside—things you can't see and can't control. But you’d better plan for them, or they will sneak up and take you out.

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