No, I’m not changing the name of my blog. Just taking advantage of Omaha’s best weather day this spring to get a post out to you. Hope you are enjoying a fantastic Memorial Day weekend.
As I head into the last month of InterVarsity’s fiscal year, I wanted to throw a shout-out to all my ministry partners. Thank you for keeping me funded so I can do this work. June 30th will mark the end of my second full year of fundraising. I’m grateful not only for those who gave so generously in my early days of returning to staff, but to my current team of active donors. This year I’ve been able to maintain a very full travel schedule and get around to all the places I supervise. Solid monthly and annual donations make that possible. To the 61 currently active donors I’m blessed to have, thank you for playing your part!
Heading into a new fiscal year for IV staff generally means a new working budget with increased costs (sometimes including a salary increase). Next year’s full budget for me will be about $103K. The year I’m wrapping up next month has brought in about $79K. Thanks to a few resources left over from the previous year – this fiscal year will most likely wrap up even. Heading into the coming fiscal year, though I’m going to need to find about $24K in new resources.
Pray for me this summer as I recruit additional ministry partners. The average donor in my profile gives about $1,295 per year. I wish it were simply a matter of finding 24 new monthly givers – but in reality my supporters vary widely in what they are able to help me with. Pray that I’d find more of those rock-solid $100 per month donors. Pray also that I’d find larger, annual gifts as well. I have terrific ministry partners already on my team – my future needs are pressing me to find more. Ministry partners who have had to stop giving also need to be replaced.
Finding people and resources in the summer months helps us start the school year strong. Each summer the South-Central GFM Region kicks off a group effort to find more ministry partners. Staff facing significant shortages or in need of increased support (like me) will be video conferencing each Tuesday morning for training, encouragement and accountability. Pray for our efforts. Last summer I was one of 11 staff who did SOMPD (Summer of Ministry Partner Development). Our SOMPD group raised a total $126K in 3 months! Pray that we have another fruitful summer!
Thank You Team!
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. … 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. … 15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! (2 Corinthians 9- ESV)