Crowdfunding for Congregations and Faith-related Non-profits

by Adam J. Copeland., May 2016. Accessed April 14, 2017.

“If crowdfunding invites us into the joy of giving in new ways, what should the church be learning from it?” Answers are practical and accessible in this free e-guide from a stewardship expert. It first defines crowdfunding, including descriptions of different types and some of the most popular platforms. Then it turns to the topic of Christian Stewardship, identifying key shifts in faith and giving. The two topics are combined to suggest that crowdfunding can be a stewardship discernment tool as congregations engage in a cycle of discernment, planning and budgeting. Thinking about crowdfunding invites congregations to consider things like articulating a vision, broadening the audience, offering multiple entry points for donors, and video storytelling. There are links to model congregational campaigns, and a Q/A section for further exploration. Whether or not crowdfunding is right for you, this guidebook could facilitate conversations on the current landscape of faith and giving.