Fundraising Transforms the Fundraiser

“If we (the fundraiser) comes back from asking someone for money and we feel exhausted and showehow tainted by unspiritual activity, there is something wrong.” (Nouwen, p. 21)

Fundraising should develop within the fundraiser a sense of joy and appreciation for the donor who has joined in the visionary movement of your cause. Fundraising at its best is great for our spiritual soul. It is a gift to us, it is a gift to the donor, and it is ultimately in our spiritual movements a gift to God. Our response should be hallelujah!

Henri J. M. Nouwen. A Spirituality of Fundraising (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2010). [See the book at]

About the author 

Kyndra Bremer