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Simple HOPE

Simple HOPE is the best place to start for anyone interested in learning about HOPE International. The core elements of HOPE’s teams and programs are explained simply and succinctly within this document.

Download: Simple HOPE (11 MB pdf)

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HOPE Identity and Vision

This slide deck is an example of how we communicate HOPE's mission and work externally. HOPE staff often use this deck when meeting with domestic church partners, supporters, and other stakeholders interested in learning more about HOPE.

Download: HOPE Identity and Vision deck (31 MB pdf)

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Philosophy of fundraising

HOPE International approaches fundraising with the four-part philosophy shown in this PDF illustration.

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The Giver and the Gift

Written by HOPE's president and CEO, Peter Greer, and philanthropist David Weekley, The Giver and the Gift outlines a Kingdom perspective on fundraising, discussing questions like: What if fundraising has the potential to be good for the giver, not just the receiver? What if fundraising is about love and service, not just “What’s in it for me?”

Link: The Giver and the Gift website

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Fundraising 411

A blog from Chris Horst, HOPE International’s vice president of development, on recommended reading for fundraising.

Link: My fundraising 411, by Chris Horst

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Local board description

Local boards support, share, and serve HOPE International’s mission in their geographic area, playing a key role in building support for HOPE across the country. This PDF describes the role and responsibilities of a local board member.

Download: Local board description (483 KB pdf)

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Regional representative job description

HOPE’s regional representatives build relationships with supporters in their region. Their activities develop the relationships and resources that HOPE needs to operate. This document highlights the functions and responsibilities of a regional representative.

Download: Regional representative job description (356 KB doc)

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Additional development resources

The following resources may be valuable to your fundraising and development efforts. Each link leads to an external site with more information.

Link: A Spirituality of Fundraising, by Henri Nouwen – Henri Nouwen’s classic book illuminates the spirituality of fundraising and proclaims that “fundraising is proclaiming what we believe in such a way that we offer other people an opportunity to participate with us in our vision and mission. Fundraising is precisely the opposite of begging.”

Link: Coach Your Champions: The Transformational Giving Approach to Major Donor Fundraising, by Eric Foley – The Bible holds a totally different approach to major donor development—one completely counter to the secular fundraising approach ministries often practice. Eric Foley explores another approach in Coach Your Champions: The Transformational Giving Approach to Major Donor Fundraising.

Link: Mission Increase Foundation website – Mission Increase Foundation is an organization that provides free training in its transformational giving principles to nonprofits. They draw upon a wealth of nonprofit experience to work directly with CEOs, board members, and the fundraising staff of ministries seeking to grow their organization. To learn more, visit their website.

Link: The Sower: Redefining the Ministry of Raising Kingdom Resources, by R. Scott Rodin and Gary Hoag – This book offers momentum to every person involved in the process of raising money or giving money for the work of God's Kingdom. The authors advocate a realignment of priorities that places changed hearts above changed bank balances.

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