Only When We Are Free Can We Ask Donors to Give Generously

“Once we are prayerfully committed to placing our whole trust in God and have become clear that we are concerned only for the kingdom; once we have learned to love the rich for who they are rather than what they have; and once we believe that we have something of great value to give them, then we will have no trouble at all in asking someone for a large sum of money.” (Nouwen, p. 44)

The problem with raising appropriate sums of money is often with the fundraiser themselves  and their relationship with large sums of money and with people who have a lot of money. Fundraisers must place their whole trust in God and His Kingdom. Fundraisers must believe they are in the center of God’s will for their life and their ministry and thus have a pearl of great value that needs donations by generous people with a little or a lot of money.

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

About the author 

Kyndra Bremer