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Abraham Kuyper famously said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” And this is only a recitation of a truth the apostle Paul first asserted in Colossians 1, “…that in all things He may have the preeminence”.  These statements are, in many ways, building blocks in the foundation of the Christian faith. But how deeply do we actually believe it? All throughout our lives we draw a line between sacred and secular and nowhere is this more true than in our personal finances and dealings with money. Even most churches teach that God only has something to say about a tenth of our money—and the other 90% is ours to use as we wish. But Scripture is filled with examples of God’s ownership of all things: The Psalmist speaks of God owning “the cattle on a thousand hills” and later Jesus speaks of “rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s”. There is no mistaking that God wants his people to superintend his money on earth and, in so doing, more deeply understand the Gospel and grow in their faith. Helping people understand how these truths apply to their organization’s stewardship, and more importantly, how their organization can minister to others through fundraising development, is the bedrock of Canaan Group and Associates.

So what exactly does the term “fundraising development”actually mean? It’s a term that gets thrown around quite a bit in education and non-profit circles, but when it comes to philosophy and implementation, many organizations take dramatically different approaches to this important aspect of their operation and growth. Sadly, there are some who view this work as “schmoozing” or “hitting people up for money”.  To understand this function properly, we believe that fundraising development must be viewed as a calling and ministry unto itself—meaning that the very nature and function of this important enterprise ought to reflect that which Jesus Christ modeled for us.  Jesus showed us that ministry is relational and that it happens under the banner of his preeminence in all things. An organization’s fundraising efforts should show this by taking a long view and relationally invest in its people. The Canaan Group and Associates exists to help organizations understand and practice this endeavor by using Biblical principles addressing wealth and stewardship—and over 100 years of combined experience in the industry.

Great vision and a proven track record, while important in fundraising, aren’t enough to keep a ministry sustainable for the long term. The Canaan Group started off by bringing us back to the basics of biblical stewardship. In doing so, they transformed our donor strategy. Now, we build relationships with people in terms of giving “through” our ministry not “to” our ministry. As a result, our constituent relationships are deeper than ever before.
Michael Briggs
Executive Director
Third Millennium Ministries

 

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