Episcopal Diocese of Washington

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Annual Giving Resources

Best Practices

Although every annual giving campaign is unique to the church in which it takes place, there are some practices that are more likely to help to ensure success.

Budget Information

Many churches distribute information about their annual operating budget as part of their Annual Giving Campaign.

Case Statements

A key fund-raising axiom is that people don’t give to need; they give to vision.

Letters and Corespondence

Your Annual Giving Campaign materials should include a personalized letter to the families and individuals from whom you are requesting a financial pledge. Most often, these letters come from the Rector, but in some churches the letter comes from the Senior Warden.

Pledge Cards

Annual giving campaigns usually include some means for individuals or families, to make a formal financial commitment for the coming fiscal year, typically January 1 through December 31. The actual format of a pledge card can and should vary, depending upon the goals and theme of your annual giving campaign.

Prayers for Stewardship

The Strategic Financial Resources Commission has curated a list of prayers relating to stewardship and giving.

Scripture for Stewardship

The Strategic Financial Resources Commission has curated scripture passages to use in your church's annual giving campaign.

Stewardship Definitions and FAQ

Definitions and frequently asked questions on stewardship, annual giving, and annual campaigns


Themes for annual giving campaigns


Suggested timelines for annual giving campaigns