Re:Think Fundraising - Project notes

 

Re:Think Fundraising - 
Project Notes

Purpose:
To equip students with the tools, skills and knowledge to build strong support partnerships
through strategic communication and engaging storytelling.

In collaboration with the Fusion program, through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern College, I developed a curriculum and presented a lecture series based on teaching students to connect and cultivate support partnerships. 

My responsibilities included: 

  • Cast a vision for the future of relationships between missionaries and supporters. 

  • Create longterm goals—in the areas of theory, skills and tools—and then divide the timeline into three phases of implementation.
  • Decide which skills and information where highest priorities and most impactful for the first phase.
  • Outline the specific ideas, principles and skills to be incorporated in the curriculum material.
  • Write the workbook for the first phase training curriculum, focused on the skills of storytelling, photography and savvy update communication.
  • Explore student feedback for changes and improvements.
  • Present a four-part lecture and workshop series about connecting with support partners through storytelling.

  • Revise and expand the original workbook to include additional sections on vision casting, practical fundraising steps, cultivating a community of supporters and adjusting to reverse culture shock. (Available May 2017.)

Background:
No. 1. We started with two problems. 1.) The short term mission trip fundraising process is generally unpopular with both the fundraiser and the potential supporters, and 2.) there is a growing disconnect between stateside churches—under the Southern Baptist Convention—and overseas mission efforts.
No. 2. Believing that we live in a culture that values making a positive difference and contributing to humanitarian causes, we asked two questions. 1.) Could fundraising be an encouraging process for both parties? and 2.) What needs to change so that there is stronger stateside support for overseas IMB mission projects?
No. 3. 
After spending two years working with students involved in ongoing short term mission work, I found potential answers and solutions to these questions. The director of Fusion and I spent this summer incorporating these long-term visions into phases and linear curriculum to be incorporated into the Fusion program. As we test and refine these ideas with freshman students, we are creating a model to potentially provide tools for a larger demographic of mission training.