While I am not a fundraising professional, I have learned a few things as a church planter. If you are going to plant a church as well and eventually purchase a building, you will most likely need to raise money. Here are some practical tips I’ve picked up along the way.
Know Who to Ask
Who do you know that can give money? Who do you know that wants to? Who believes in you, your church, and your vision? Make a list of potential financial partners including individuals, churches, associations, and institutions and pray through it, but don’t contact them just yet.
Know the Number and the Numbers
Before you reach out to potential partners, you need to know the overall cost of your project. This is the number. The majority of people on your list will not be able to give you this amount but don’t be afraid to put it out there. Let them see it and feel it. It’s a big number. It’s too big for you, and it’s more than likely too big for them. You have God-sized vision. Get it on the table. Then, break it down for them. These are the numbers.
God’s people generally like to help if they are able. Breaking it down into smaller chunks demonstrates how they can help and that you have done your homework. If you know the numbers on plumbing, electrical, sound equipment, flooring, and furnishing costs, you will be taken more seriously. Be prepared and know your numbers. Donors don’t give money to those who don’t.
Know Your Plan
When looking for partners, I like going to groups over individuals. It’s great if an individual wants to support you, but if a group partners with you, it gives you credibility. Don’t be afraid to tell them that other people are on board. It will show them that others have seen merit in what you are doing, and people want to be a part of something that others are already a part of. They want to be in on it.
Call and Make the Ask
This step is pretty self-explanatory. It can be intimidating to ask people to invest in you, but this is where the rubber meets the road. No one will do it for you.
Expand Your Network
When you ask someone for support, make sure to ask who else they know that could help. If they can set up a meeting for you, even better.
Pray as You Leave
When you’re fundraising, most people are not going to give you money on the spot. They are going to consider it, talk about it, and get back to you. Pray as you wait. God knows your needs. Trust Him.When you're fundraising, most people are not going to give you money on the spot. Pray as you wait. Click To Tweet
It is your responsibility to follow up. You are the one asking for money, so don’t get lazy now and expect them to contact you. Make an appointment to follow up with them. They will expect you, so put it on your calendar and make it happen. Write it down and don’t forget it. Doing so screams that you don’t really need their help.