What We Love!

Every congregation is different yet we have similar issues and concerns and we’re part of one Diocese and one Church. This page includes resources that we use in our work with congregations and as we stay current in our work, prepare for ministry, and engage with stewardship leaders. And this tip sheet is a great place to start! Also, please stay connected with the Stewardship and Development Facebook page for additional resources, updated information, and stewardship workshops throughout the year.

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University

Subscribe to their blog.

Subscribe to Philanthropy Matters.

Subscribe to Insights from the Lake Institute.

Episcopal Church Foundation

ECF helps Episcopal faith communities develop strategy, leadership, and financial resources for ministry. They have resources on Donor-Advised Funds and provide financial resources for annual giving, capital campaigns, and planned giving.

TENS – The Episcopal Network for Stewardship

TENS is an association of church leaders who understand, practice, and proclaim God’s call to generosity. As a diocesan member of TENS all congregations in the Diocese of Virginia have free access to the member-only materials. This year you may access the annual pledge campaign here. Please contact our office to request the current password.

Horizons Stewardship

Horizons provides resources and consulting for annual giving, planned giving, and capital campaigns. Their Next Level Generosity program is helping congregations around the country focus on discipleship and year-round stewardship.

Giving 365 – is a free resource [login required] with case studies, COVID-specific stewardship material, webinars, and stewardship resources from the Horizons team.

Horizons Blog – subscribe to their blog for up-to-date stewardship and giving information to engage your congregation.

Dr. Clif Christopher is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and founder of Horizons Stewardship Company. Dr. Christopher shared his reflections with the members of the 218th Annual Council. We thank Dr. Christopher for allowing us to make his keynote presentations available online.

Nonprofit Communications/ Fundraising

HubSpot’s Content Calendar Template is how we keep track of the content we create, where and when we’re posting, and the links we’re using. You can also subscribe to their regular emails for tips on digital marketing and fundraising.

Nonprofit Tech for Good is a fundraising and social media blog for nonprofits with wonderful resources.

Nonprofit Marketing Guide helps nonprofit communicators learn their jobs and lead their teams. They focus on effective marketing and communications tactics and strategies for nonprofits. I highly recommend their trainings, subscribing to their regular emails, and the monthly writing prompts.

Canva is your best graphic design tool for non-graphic designers. The free version is great. The paid/ nonprofit version is fantastic.