JGA Blog

A Crisis of Faith: The Ripple Effect of Declines in Giving to Religion

January 13, 2021

There is a multi-dimensional challenge facing churches in America that has me concerned, and I think you should be as well. Given my background, it should not surprise you that I am concerned about this matter. (Prior to joining JGA as a senior consultant, I spent twenty-five years working in development for a religious institution, and during my twelve years with JGA, I have worked with more than fifty faith-based organizations.) The challenge is related to several troubling trends in the current U.S. religious landscape. As I will explain later, I think you also should be concerned . . . whether or not your fundraising is for a religious-affiliated organization.

My concern is threefold: 1) Giving to religious organizations as a percentage of total philanthropy is declining substantially; 2) participation in congregations is at a historic low; and 3) the changed religious practices brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic could have a continuing, long-term impact on congregations.

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Taking the Fear Out of Board Fundraising with Board Training

April 21, 2016

Helping board members understand the importance of fundraising for your nonprofit organization is important, as I shared in my last blog 3 Steps to Creating a Stronger Board Fundraising Culture. However, even once board members realize the crucial role fundraising plays at an organization, not every board member is going to be comfortable soliciting gifts. Overcome.jpg

Here are some tips to help your entire board become more comfortable engaging in fundraising:

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3 Key Communication Elements Every Nonprofit Should Maximize

April 09, 2015

Today’s organizations recognize the importance of good external and internal communications and how these efforts benefit fundraising efforts. Though organizational communications may seem intuitive, it is helpful to review distinct elements of successful communications to ensure your organization is maximizing its good work.

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Developing Your Case for Support — Preparation is Everything!

March 23, 2015

JGA has the privilege of working with a diverse mix of nonprofit organizations and institutions to develop their preliminary cases for support. Though many clients may see this work as a chore, it is a key part of campaign planning that can significantly impact the success of your campaign. No pressure!

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Is Your Nonprofit Investment-Worthy?

May 13, 2014

by Dan Schipp

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4 Keys to Engaging Women as Leaders and Donors

April 22, 2014

by Angela White

 

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Leading by Example

February 11, 2014

by Angela White

 

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The Role of HIPAA in Building a Grateful Patient Program

September 23, 2013

 

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Setting Your Development Staff Up for Success

July 10, 2013

by Dan Schipp

 

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The Ministry of Fundraising

May 02, 2013

by Dan Schipp

 

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