AdventistAngels Project learning For Project Managers

Hope is not a strategy. When you or your organization decides to submit a project to Adventist Angels, you need to be willing to follow through and implement the following steps in order to have the greatest success. We are here to help you reach your goals but we can’t do the work for you. Much of the following information is borrowed from resources written by professional fundraisers. Learn from them and when you discover a better plan, let us know!

Psalm 20:4
"May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed."

  1. Becoming Vetted

    “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, lean not unto thine own understanding” Proverbs 3:5

    • AdventistAngels has the highest standards in the industry. We want our donors to have confidence that the money they donate is going to make a difference and that it will be used for exactly the purpose they intend. In order to build that confidence and maintain our standards, we ask that all project managers and/or the organization they represent become vetted. Please click on the link below for the application and submit it today.

    • (Being vetted is not a requirement to start a project, but it will help donors decide weather or not to contribute to your projects).

  2. Define your project

    “Make no small plans, for they do not contain the magic to stir men’s souls.” Daniel Burnham, Chicago architect.

    • Develop a mission statement. State the philosophical or social values that govern your work. (“We believe that…”) Donors will support a cause if they share the values that your project represents.

    • Outline what needs to be done- the solutions to solving the problem for which you are raising funds. i.e. “Our church school has 85 students, 40 of them are Pathfinders. We need a reliable bus in order to be able to take them on field trips, campouts etc.”

    • Affirm that your organization has the commitment level necessary to follow through when the project is funded. i.e. “Our school has grown from 35 to 85 students in 3 years and the teachers and Pathfinder staff would like to do more with the young people to connect and serve the community."

  3. Setting Goals

    "For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it." Being a good steward means proper planning, not presumption that God will bless whatever we choose to do. Luke 14:28

    • Some goals are obvious; a mission trip is usually set at a fixed amount. Other goals can be more ambiguous. A church project can be limited to new carpet for $5,000 or a complete remodeling project may need $100,000 to do the job right. Are you prepared for time and effort it takes to raise a large amount of money? It may be better to begin with a smaller initial goal and show success in order to build confidence in the next larger goal.

    • Set prospective timelines and write them down. Writing your objectives solidifies them and you will be more likely to make progress and accomplish your goals.

  4. Create Your Project

    Rising to a dare, Ernest Hemingway wrote a short story in six words. He said it was one of the most difficult things he had ever written.

    “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

    • Provide as much information as necessary to fully describe your project and the goals you have set but don’t overdo it! Keep it as interesting and concise as possible. Pages and pages of information just won’t be read. Let your project be fun, upbeat and creative!

  5. Build a database

    • There must be a connection in order for people to be willing to donate to a project. That connection is YOU! Your friends, family, others on your mailing list will recognize you as the common denominator and respond. It is very important that you encourage people within your circle of influence to visit AdventistAngels, become a member and donate. By building a database of thousands and even millions of members, is how the momentum will kick in and the excitement of seeing what can be accomplished through collective efforts will propel your project as well as others to success.

  6. Promote

    “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38

    • God has promised that when we give, we will receive. He allows us the privilege of participating in His work through sharing our resources and He will bless accordingly. Your project is providing an opportunity to receive those promised blessings. Do you want your friends and family to be able to realize the benefits of giving? Send emails to everyone in your email address book, put it out on social media, pass out flyers wherever possible. Get the word out!

    • “Fundraising is not manipulation or coercion. People like to be a part of successful efforts, and it is a privilege to be invited to become part of a collective effort. People give because they are asked, because a case has been made that allows them to see the problem they are solving and what solution can be achieved.”

    • Conventional wisdom for soliciting a gift:
      1. Give yourself before asking others to give.
      2. People do not give to causes. People give to people with causes.
      3. The principle reason people do not give; They are not asked.

      {Successful Fundraising Guide to Local Churches }

    • It costs money to raise money. For every dollar raised, there is an expense associated with it. For example: Personalized letters/Internet, will cost .16 cents per every dollar raised. Telephone solicitation/Phonathan = .30 cents. Special events may cost as much as $.50 out of every dollar raised. AdventistAngels is changing the perspective of fundraising. We can’t save you the expense of printing bulletin flyers or sending out mailings, but when you put a project on AA, you do not pay anything! Each donor will contribute a small percentage in addition to their donation which is used to support AA and you, the church/ministry will receive 100% of the requested/raised amount. This is amazing!

    • Be courteous when promoting your project. People have the right to decline. Listen carefully and learn what the objections are. Be sure to give multiple opportunities to become a donor.

  7. Updates
    • The organization that accepts a contribution has a moral obligation to use the money in the way the donor expects and to keep donors informed of the work their gift is supporting. We encourage you to post frequent updates and let donors know of the progress you are making.

    • Updates are a great way of reaching your donors. They need to be ensured that your projects are moving along with progress. And when your project is complete, it is vitally important for you to share with them the value of their contributions. It is when donors see the completed vision of their giving, that they will be willing to continue supporting your ministry.

  8. Gratitude
    • The demographics of fundraising have changed. Donors no longer give randomly just because. People are far more selective in giving and the demand for funding dollars is strong. People want to be informed about what their donations are accomplishing. If you do not express appreciation for a gift, you will quickly lose support from that donor. Set someone in charge of recognition and establish a system for thanking your donors. Let them know how the money is being used and never take them for granted.