April 01, 2012

Fundraising by Religious Organizations

Lisa A. Runquist and Patrick B. Sternal
  • Learn about different types of fundraising.
  • Learn how to operate a business to generate funds.

From Guide to Representing Religious Organizations, Chapter 4

The Need to Raise Funds

Almost every religious organization engages in some kind of fundraising activity that generates income to sustain the organization’s programs and activities. Some religious organizations establish large and ambitious fundraising projects in order to undertake equally ambitious building, missionary, or charitable projects. Other religious organizations are content with a steady stream of regular support from members of the congregation. For many religious organizations, it is a fundamental tenet of their religion’s doctrine that the members are required or encouraged to give regular offerings of support to the church or temple.

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