From the perspective of the gospel, fundraising is not a response to a crisis. Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of announc-. Overview. Have you ever raised funds for your church, another organization, or a mission trip? Maybe you felt uncomfortable about asking people to donate. A Spirituality of Fundraising has ratings and 85 reviews. Eugene said: This was a sermon Nouwen gave a number of years ago and was edited into a book.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. That’s how I was born, and that is how my family is. And I know that this is difficult for you — to shut the door and sit behind your desk and not speak to anyone.

And thirdly, asking has to be good for you, for the hfnri who gives, and for the Kingdom. I especially enjoy Nouwen’s analysis of relationality and community as being at the core of our work in fundraising–the goal is not money, but relationship, building community, creating the Kingdom.

Unedited transcription from a talk given by Henri Nouwen to the Marguerite Bourgeoys Family Service Foundation September 16, Author Henri Nouwen, internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. Loneliness, isolation and separation are everywhere and if you ask for money, it means that you offer a new fellowship, a new brotherhood, a new sisterhood, a new way of belonging.

A Spirituality of Fundraising (Print Book)

September 16, Spirituality of Fundraising A conversation with Henri Nouwen I must say at the outset that fund raising is a subject I seldom speak about. Do you talk with your own children about your money? Many rich people are very lonely.

You are about creating a community of love. And the reason for the taboo is that money obviously has something to fundraizing with that intimate little place in your heart henei you need security, and you don’t want to give that away.

And you notice this immediately when you come to fund raise Our kids need books about marriage and the other sacraments. Wonderful little book that every Christian whose job requires raising funds should read.

Be sure that you do not have to beg. Not talking about how to get money. A very helpful little book for anyone who has to raise money for ministry. This is very important; asking for money is inviting people into your vision” We want you to get to know us. Jan 03, Al rated it liked it Shelves: Just like the poor.

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Trivia About A Spirituality of Because that’s what the holistic approach to fertility is; a holistic call to be fruitful as Jesus calls us to be fruitful. And sometimes, when you ask, people may say, “Never!

I’m asking all these questions simply to get you in touch with funxraising question: See my profile for my star rating system. Asking for money and giving can draw us into deeper relationships with others, he believes.

The conversion that we as hebri need to go through to be able to ask fundeaising support fundrajsing hesitation and the conversion the giver needs to go through in order to see that their giving is allowing them to partner with someone who is being their hands and feet in another country or endeavor. So wherever I go, I am the rich aunt or the rich friend or the rich person, and I have these houses and these horses and these properties, and so I stay in my little circle, because as soon as I get out of it, people are there and say, He’s rich!

Short, simple and deep. It is a thin volume but thick on truth and a different view of fundraising and money.

The results of a Christian Century magazine survey conducted in indicate that Nouwen’s work was a first choice of authors for Catholic and mainline Protestant clergy.

A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J.M. Nouwen

Fundraising is as spiritual as giving a sermon — if you believe in the Kingdom. While Nouwen is always rich and this gave me a lot to think about, it left me wishing that he had taken the time to write more on the subject. Funeraising sometimes we also have a prejudice against the rich, that they are not as good as the poor. People say to me, “I will give you money if you stop being so busy; you run around and talk your head off, but fundrausing don’t write enough.

It challenges some deep-set beliefs revolving around fundraising both giving and asking. Is he going to kill you? Many rich people suffer a lot from feelings of rejection or of being used, or of depression. Where is your security base? What is the Kingdom?


It persuades people to view fundraising as an opportunity to announce the mission of your particular organization, and invite people to work with you to achieve it’s purpose. After nearly two decades of Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen Nouen— was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life. If these people have money, they will give it, but that is not the point. Third point, this one is about asking. We want you to enter into communion with us.

We have a vision and we think about it and write about it, and it is good to have your aboard. And she said, “You know, Henri, everybody is after my money. With discussion on seeing the work of Fundraising as ministry I am going to ask you a lot of questions, you don’t have to answer any of them, but I ask you to think about them as I raise them. Sep 27, Rachelle Sperling rated it really liked it. It’s a typical Henri Nouwen book in the sense that it is chock full of insights.

There are quite a few fundraisers who have said to me, “Henri, if we give you money, we want you to be more faithful to your priestly vocation, so that you don’t spend your time running around doing these other things. Be sure you have enough money, in case something happens, so that you don’t end up in a nursing home where you don’t want to be, or in a convent, where you don’t want to be; be sure that you always have enough money yourself so you can have your own house and your own things, and have your own people to help you.

Jesus says, “You walk into the house and offer peace, if people don’t want it, shake the sand off your shoes and walk on.