Donor Development Technology

Let technology work for you

In some ministries we find a certain resistance to new technologies. “That’s not what we’re about,” some say. But a reasonably powerful computer system and basic “donor management software” are as important to today’s ministry as a telephone is to the local church. No, you don’t use a phone in the church service itself — but obviously it’s valuable for keeping in touch with the church family and for keeping the operation of the church going. Imagine a pastor who could only interact with his people in person, in the church building, or by mail — never by phone. So it is with computer hardware and software in the life of a modern ministry. A good donor management program can provide a clear snapshot of your donor family. We strongly recommend to our clients that they invest in both an audited financial statement, which shows where the money is going, and regular donor management reports, which show where the money is coming from, and why. Both tools are important to achieving the best possible stewardship of the financial resources God has entrusted to you.

Check out, The Seven Deadly Diseases of Ministry Marketing: Confessions of a Christian Fundraiser.

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About Gary Coiro

Nonprofit & Church Leader Nonprofit Leader and Consultant since 2004, following 15 years as a pastor. Competencies include board development, fundraising, staff development and management, strategic planning, church work, Bible teaching, and capital campaigns. Currently consulting and serving on the Church Ministries Management Team for a large multi-cultural evangelical church.
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