There's Still Time

Thirty days remain until the end of this ministry year, August 31.  That provides an excellent window for building your financial partner team to “finish strong and start strong” on September 1.  Don’t wait until your ministry is in full swing next fall to cram fundraising into an already packed schedule.
 
Here’s an idea…try for ten appeals in the next twenty-five days—five for regular monthly support and five for a special cash gift to end the fiscal year well.

To get started, use the chart below to list names of those you could phone or visit by August 31.  Even if you think you can’t do ten, put down names of those you’ve intended to invite but haven’t yet.  In the cool of November, you’ll be glad you acted in the heat of August!
 
If you can’t think of what to say on the phone, at an appropriate break in the conversation, say, “Let me tell you why I called.  We need to finalize our financial support team for another year of ministry here at _________ by September 1.  I wonder if there’s an hour I could come by and tell you about our ministry and officially invite you to join the team.”  (If they hesitate, say, “There’s absolutely no obligation.  I’d consider it an honor to tell you about what God is doing in our work.”)
 
Five Monthly Appeals (suggest ($50-$150 monthly)
 
Whom Will I Ask? Where Located? When Will I Appeal? What Will I Ask For? Phone Number
         
         
         
         
         
 
 
Five “Finish Strong” Cash Appeals (suggest $1,000, $2,000, $5,000)
 
Whom Will I Ask? Where Located?
When Will I Appeal?
What Will I Ask For? Phone Number
         
         
         
         
         
 
“But now finish doing it also; that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability.”  2 Corinthians 8:11 (NASB)

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