A Spirituality of Fundraising (Henri Nouwen Spirituality)

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Have you ever raised funds for your church, another organization, or a mission trip? Maybe you felt uncomfortable about asking people to donate money. It's time to change the way you view this important task.

Product Details

  • Series: Henri Nouwen Spirituality
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Upper Room Books (January 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835810445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835810449
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great quotes about Fundraising

One person found this helpful.
 on October 24, 2016
By Daniel King
This is a great little book about fundraising. If you want to raise money for your ministry, this is a good place to start. The book is not very long but it is packed full of nuggets that explore the philosophy of fundraising for the Christian believer. Here are some of the quotes that caught my attention:

A helpful perspective

10 people found this helpful.
 on September 15, 2012
By Victoria Logue
Noted for his writing on spirituality, Henri Nouwen might not be an author one would think to turn to for advice on fundraising, but his perspective is one much needed. Nouwen talks movingly about how raising money can and should convert both the giver and the receiver and lead to more meaningful relationships with God and one another. His approach to what could be seen as a purely secular endeavor is sorely needed in churches and other non-profit organizations.

Read this book before entering mission work!

One person found this helpful.
 on October 3, 2016
By D. Wallace
Having raised support for various mission efforts that my wife and I have enjoyed over the past 27 years, I found this book very helpful. It is so easy to become cynical and focused on the negative of fundraising. Discouragement can be a constant companion, if one is not focused on the spirituality of fundraising. I recommend this book to be read and read again many times, especially before a meeting to ask for funding.

I had already read this book when I purchased this …

 on May 5, 2017
By Lewis Flagg
I had already read this book when I purchased this copy for a ministry head that I know. I think it is essential reading for leaders of ministries who feel uncomfortable about or reluctant to ask potential donors to partner with their ministries. Nouwen puts the matter in a whole new light.

How did I miss this book?

7 people found this helpful.
 on December 8, 2012
By K. Wood
Though this classic on fundraising has been around a while, I just discovered it. I have long enjoyed Henri Nouwen’s devotional writings, this one stands out as a gem. One big take away from this transcript: Fundraising at it’s best is a chance for fresh conversion to God’s ways… it is a walk of humility on the side of the “Asker” AND in the “Giver”. Both are accountable about their stewardship to God who owns all things and allows us to manage them. Inspiring!

An invitation to fundraising as a moment of shared conversion.

 on December 12, 2016
By Vernon K. Rempel
An invitation to fundraising as a moment of shared conversion. In this book, Nouwen offers a vision of fundraising as a spiritual practice for the fundraiser, who learns to live in God’s abundance as a fundamental personal experience. This allows the fundraiser to approach others with openness, gratitude, and joyful confidence, regardless of their response as a possible donor. The great goal is always changed lives and community strengthened in the Spirit, in whom we are all beloved.

Brillant in its simplicity!

 on April 27, 2016
By Antonio Trujillo
As the Principal of a small Catholic school, and like other administrators in Catholic education we are always in need of financial resources to pay our bills and meet biweekly payrolls. Nouwen’s book on “A Spirituality of Fundraising” gives me hope to see all fundraising as a ministry that is based in relationship with God, each other, and those who are looking for a vision and mission to support. Making fundraising as part of my daily prayer is no longer part of desperation but of gratefulness.

Simply Superb!

One person found this helpful.
 on July 19, 2016
By Lorenzo York
Read this book and you will never look at giving, asking, receiving nor ministry the same. As only Nouwen can do, he positions the reader to clearly seeing divine blessing in fundraising as fundamental to kingdom building.

Interesting perspective on fundraising!

 on September 22, 2017
By Jessica W.
Short, thought-provoking book. Made me think about the spiritual implications of fundraising and what that does for the one asking for donations and the one being asked to donate. I like that it was likened to funding and advancing the kingdom of God. Truly, if I’m not convinced of my cause, no one else will be either. Great points to put into practice in ministry and life in general.

Brief, Beautiful, Beatitudinal!

 on April 23, 2016
By Steven G. S. Costello
Nouwen transforms our approach to fundraising from an anxiety-filled necessity to a kingdom-filled ministry opportunity. His approach rightly sees fundraising as a spiritual discipline aimed at conversion in its best sense. The intended result being renewed identity as God’s beloved, awareness of the blessedness in our different forms of poverty, freedom for authentic relationships and humility toward wealth as shared kingdom-building potential.

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