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Hiring a Professional Fundraiser

Getting the pros, not the con.

Hiring a Professional Fundraiser

A Pennsylvania pastor hired with high hopes a fundraising consultant for his church. The previous year had been tough on the church. Local unemployment had soared to 26 percent. After 19 years of meeting budget, the church ran a deficit of nearly $28,000; only courageous tithing of severance pay by some who were forced into early retirement kept the shortfall to $6,000.

The church knew it needed a solid financial base for the future, so it engaged a fundraising consultant to lead a capital-funds campaign.

"No problem," said the owner of the fundraising company, a retired clergyman. "I'll find fresh money within the congregation, beyond what's already committed. With my trained staff of retired clergy doing the calling, I can promise success."

What he delivered instead, according to the pastor, were "additional expenses and lots of hard feelings." First, ...

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Kevin A. Miller is pastor of Church of the Savior in Wheaton, Illinois, and a frequent guest host on the podcast “Monday Morning Preacher."

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  • March 1, 2013

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