Philanthropy Workshop with Mike Ward: Creating a Culture of Generosity when the world keeps shouting scarcity

Join Mike Ward, author of Abundance: Creating a Culture of Generosity and Managing Partner of GSB Fundraising for a workshop and discussion, Friday, March 10, 9:00-11:00 a.m., about generosity and how to craft the best story that leads people to charity.

Workshop Description

Friday, March 10, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Inflation, economic downturn, layoffs, and political polarization convey messages of scarcity that intercept what we know as truth: God provides to us in abundance.  The question is, how does the church tell a different story?  

Well, that’s the key.  It starts with a story. God’s story.   In this session, we will focus on the stories we tell and how those stories can create a culture of generosity.  

Time will be devoted to what’s working and what isn’t in congregational stewardship right now and we will discuss how to have conversations around generosity. 

Today, congregations are growing 10-20% annually in overall revenue, capital campaigns are exceeding goals, and the propensity to consider a gift through a donor’s estate to the congregation is rising.

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Mike Ward

Mike has led the most successful congregation-based appeal for any Lutheran institution in the history of the North Carolina Synod. As a consultant, Mike leads congregational stewardship appeals, marketing audits, sales training, and strategic planning. 

His experience is in fundraising, marketing, quality service and loyalty. Mike leads by example in philanthropy where his family supports outdoor ministry, parish life, and feeding ministries. He has previously served on the board of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network and the National Church Council of the ELCA. Mike is an avid beekeeper and looks forward to you asking him about his bees.

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