The newsletter of VanderWyden Consultants, Inc.
Headquarters: 118 Westchester Drive, Amherst, Ohio 44001
Additional Offices in Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE...
1. Wyden Your Horizons with Thanks Giving Click
2. Current Fund-Raising Trends: Churches Struggle with Operating Budget
3. Quotes about Giving Click
4. In The News: Generosity Can Be Good Business Click
5. Congregational Success Story: Heritage Presbyterian Church Click
6. Scriptures about Giving Click
7. Featured Book: Generous People by Eugene Grimm Click
8. About VanderWyden Consultants, Inc. Click
9. Subscribe / Unsubscribe Instructions Click
WYDEN YOUR HORIZONS WITH THANKS GIVING…
We're pleased to present this, our second edition of Wyden You
Horizons. We provide this free email newsletter as a way to share our
learnings about the blessings of generous giving. We received much
positive feedback about our first edition and we hope this publication
will be a regular resource for organizations and churches and
individuals who raise funds for good causes. Please forward this to any
family, friends, colleagues, and co-workers who may be interested in
As we celebrate this, our annual national ritual time of "giving
thanks", it is worthwhile to observe that regular "thanks" "giving",
can also be good for the soul and our emotional well-being. Researchers
have consistently found that those who have a positive outlook on life,
who believe that they are blessed, and who regularly give generously,
have lower rates of depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, and
other stress related diseases, and they live longer than others who do
not practice these habits.
I believe that is one reason Jesus stressed generous, thankful giving.
On the other hand, as we enter the Christmas Season, we need to consider
what are appropriate levels of giving for our children and other family
members. It does not do anyone any good to splurge at Christmas time,
giving as if there is no tomorrow, and then in the New Year to be faced
with huge credit card debt.
Forty percent of the 1000 Americans surveyed last year by the Million
Dollar Round Table, an association of financial professionals, thought
they spent too much. These individuals indicated that they felt finances
caused stress, because sixty per cent of them did not plan ahead about
the costs of their gift giving, and thirty percent used money they
didn't have, by using credit cards to finance their extravagances.
It helps to focus on meaning more than money. If we give our loved ones
gifts that are meaningful, rather than "moneyfull", the gifts are more
likely to be remembered in future years.
Some of the most memorable gifts we gave our children were gifts we gave
to our local zoo to ‘adopt" an animal in their name, and then they were
thrilled to go to the zoo to see "their" animals, and to see their name
on a plague on the cage. We also taught our children that this season
was a time of thankful, generous giving for those who were in need, and
a time for planning our giving for the coming year. We stressed that we
wanted to complete our full tithe gift to our church for the present
year, and that we also needed to plan for the next year and to make a
commitment to increase our giving and generosity.
It is rewarding, now that our children are adults, that they are
interested in how we're doing our giving, and often ask about causes we
are supporting and inquire about how they can help in these giving
endeavors. My Mother, their "Grammie", passed on to life eternal at the
beginning of this month, and it has been very inspiring to our family to
have received generous gifts from friends in her memory. These gifts are
going to be used donated by our family to provide support for many
causes and needy individuals as a way of giving thanks for the gift of
her life. Generous "thanks" "giving" brings meaning to life and provides
gifts that last forever. May your family be blessed to celebrate this
holiday season as a time of Thankful Giving.
CURRENT FUND-RAISING TRENDS: CHURCHES STRUGGLE WITH
We have been hearing from a lot of churches that they are having
struggles with their Operating Budget Campaigns this fall. The "jobless
recovery" that our national economy experienced the past year, has left
a lot of church members unemployed or underemployed. Consequently, many
members have not been able to give as they have in the past and their
congregations' programs and ministries may be curtailed just at the time
these members need them most.
At the same time, from our experience we have learned that most members
in most churches do not tithe or give up to their potential. In fact,
the average giving per member in most mainline churches is around 2% of
household income. Obviously, therefore, if those members who are still
employed, would decide to have their giving correspond to their beliefs,
by tithing 10% of their incomes, most Operating Budget shortfalls could
be easily overcome. Our Stewardship Operating Budget Campaign Program
consistently enables churches to increase total giving by 10-25% the
first year, with significant increases in following years. Top
QUOTES ABOUT GIVING...
I must not just live my life, I will not just spend my life. I will
invest my life. Helen Keller
It's good to have money and the things money can buy, but it's good
to check up once in a while to make sure that you haven't lost the
things that money can't buy. Horace Latimer Top
IN THE NEWS: GENEROSITY CAN BE GOOD BUSINESS...
For-profit corporations are finding that having a social conscience and
giving generously to charitable causes can be very good for business.
According to a survey by Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Oekom Research
in 2003, companies in the brokerage firm's world index fund that
emphasized social responsibility outperformed their less conscientious
colleagues by 23 percent over the past four years.
There also is a growing number of people, known as "social
entrepreneurs", who are starting businesses that directly benefit social
or environmental purposes. All of our experience in fund-raising has
taught us that generous giving is good for people. In fact, as a result
of this learning, our Capital Fund Campaign program is entitled the "Joy
of Generosity." It is rewarding to now know that doing good and being
generous can also be good for business. Top
CONGREGATIONAL SUCCESS STORY: HERITAGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH...
Westminster Presbyterian Church of Amherst, Ohio and Northminster
Presbyterian Church, of Lorain, Ohio were both started about forty years
ago as new church starts. Both churches raised funds for small
multi-purpose facilities and began to minister to their surrounding
With the aid of the Presbytery of The Western Reserve, the founding
membership of Westminster purchased several acres of land at the
intersection of two highways and created a master plan for its future,
including a large sanctuary and other ministry facilities to fully
develop its site. The location was perfect for the creation of a
regional church that would draw people from the surrounding areas.
Unfortunately, the anticipated growth did not occur in each church, and
for four decades the churches survived in their multi-purpose
facilities. Five years ago, the two churches merged to form
Heritage Presbyterian Church. In 2003, the new merged congregation
decided the time had come to fulfill the dream of becoming a regional
church at the former Westminster site. They engaged our services to
discern whether the congregation had the financial resources and
willingness to financially support the new facility through a
Comprehensive Financial Feasibility Study.
Our study verified that the congregation had adequate financial
resources to fully fund the new facilities, but that the membership's
giving habits were not near their potential, because they had never been
asked to give sacrificially and generously. The congregation responded to
our findings and took a leap of faith and embarked on a Capital Fund
With our Faith-Raising process they discovered the Joy of Generosity and
were able to raise the funds required to finance the new facilities. The
church broke ground this past spring, the site is being developed, and
the new buildings will be completed next year.
Rev. Jim Smucker, Pastor of the Heritage Presbyterian Church commented,
"Bill VanderWyden's insights and wisdom have been priceless in helping
us to have a positive Capital Campaign. His commitment to fee based
consulting reflects his high ethical standards and understanding of
stewardship. We are thankful that he has kept his promise to be
available to us through the entire three-year campaign giving period. He
continues to provide helpful counsel when we need him."
This project was particularly rewarding in that our headquarters is in
Amherst, Ohio and we were honored that our neighbors trusted us to
provide their fundraising counsel. Top
SCRIPTURES ABOUT GIVING...
Psalm 23, Matthew 6:24-34, Philippians 4:4-6 Top
FEATURED BOOK: GENEROUS PEOPLE BY EUGENE GRIMM...
Generous People: How to Encourage Vital Stewardship, by Dr.
Eugene Grimm, covers the ten proven principles that have been used by
churches with high levels of giving. Generous People was written for
both lay and clergy to assist them with congregational stewardship
Dr. Grimm is a Stewardship Specialist for the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America. Generous People is part of Herb Miller's Effective
Church Series and was published by Abingdon Press. It is available
through Dr. Grimm's web-site:
www.stewardshipconnection.com or through
ABOUT VANDERWYDEN CONSULTANTS, INC...
VanderWyden Consultants provide professional fund-raising guidance to
non-profit organizations and churches who need assistance with their
fund-raising, including Comprehensive Financial Feasibility Studies,
Capital Fund Campaigns, Stewardship Operating Budget Campaigns, Planned
Giving Campaigns, as well as Evangelism and Membership Growth Campaigns.
Our staff has conducted over 350 successful campaigns throughout the
United States. Our Capital Fund Campaign program can help churches raise
as much as 13 times existing giving levels, and our Operating Budget
Stewardship program results in increases of 10-25%.
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