Hello Windermere Friends,
I have taken a few days this week to work on donor development. In order for Windermere to do all it has been called to do, we need donors to invest in our ministry. In fact, approximately 15% of our operating budget must come from donations.
I am fortunate that Windermere is working with a donor development consultant, Todd Heifner, who is the co-founder of Hope Manifest. He helps other non-profits like Windermere to grow in donor development. I am a novice in the whole field of donor development. I have learned from Todd and I’ve been to a local training as well.
This verse is my daily prayer in donor development:
“But everything must be done decently and in order.”
1 Corinthians 14:40 (HCSB)
I have enjoyed meeting potential donors, regular donors and many individuals who have made loans to Windermere. Here is what I have learned:
1. Donors want to know how their money is being used.
I am an open book with donors. All my visits involve talking about debt service, operating budget and managing a non-profit ministry. I share our mission, values and strategy. First Corinthians 14:40 is a practical verse for my mind and ministry.
2. Many donors feel hassled by the frequency of solicitations from organizations.
I am sure people get a ton of calls and e-mails about giving this time of year. Donors have many options to choose from, all I ask is that they pray about helping Windermere.
3. Donors want to know who benefits from our ministry.
Windermere has significant ministry with Baptist churches, other denominations that are like-minded, national ministries, local affinity groups and we host many family reunions.
4. Donors are loyal.
In spite of Windermere’s many critics around the state, we are blessed to still receive regular faithful donations from our friends and churches in Missouri. Praise the Lord for loyal friends.
5. Donors want to be inspired to give.
I love to talk about the 61 baptisms in the Lake of the Ozarks that occurred in one day this summer. Windermere continues to see over 1,000 major faith decisions very year!
6. Donors want a relationship and not a one-time transaction.
I am asking all our donors to begin a donor relationship with Windermere for the next 4-5 years. It will help us plan better and it will connect our donors to what God is doing on our campus. They can see and experience our turn around.
I always end my blog with a note about giving. Please. Would you consider giving to Windermere to help us meet our budget needs by the end of the year? Thank you.
Go to windermereusa.logosconnect.com and set up a monthly donation of $10 a month for 12 months (or one year). With that small amount, Windermere can become more efficient and effective in the ministry of seeing lives changed on our campus.
It is always a pretty day at the lake!
John W. Bailey
Office 573-346-5200 Ext. 2611