2019 Annual Giving Toolkit
Guidelines for a Successful Parish Annual Giving Campaign
Planting Seeds — An Introduction
The Diocese of Washington is excited to share materials developed to help parishes with their Annual Giving Campaigns. In alignment with the work of Becoming Good Soil, our 2019 Strategic Plan, we’ve chosen to use Planting Seeds as our guiding theme.
Undertaking an Annual Giving Campaign is an opportunity for parish leadership to remind congregations that their financial pledges are a crucial investment in the life of the church. What we do now – the faithful planting of seeds – allows us both to feed our current mission and ministries and to plan for the intentional, fruitful growth of God’s Kingdom.
When we plant seeds, we receive and offer the gift of hope. As Jesus teaches in the parable of the mustard seed, what we plant today will take root and grow into a great tree of faith, offering sustenance to future generations beyond what we can imagine. God’s harvest lies in today’s gifts of hope.
No two congregations are the same in terms of available time and volunteers. With this in mind, we invite you to explore, modify, and use these materials in whatever ways will be most helpful to your parish. Your greatest success will come from adapting the timeline and other materials to reflect your parish’s unique needs and experiences. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions if something seems unclear or you’d like further guidance. We’re here to assist you in conducting a successful Annual Giving Campaign.
A Note on Stewardship
While these materials are crafted to be used with a targeted, months-long Annual Giving Campaign, stewardship is a year-round process.
The Episcopal Church reminds us:Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of "tithing," which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26). The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it's also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It's about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity.
The Financial Resources Committee of the Diocese of Washington is committed to helping our parishes in all aspects of stewardship. Please let us know how we can help.
If you are looking for Stewardship materials that encompass more than an Annual Giving Campaign, we've gathered many wonderful resources with tools for year-round stewardship practices as well as seasonal stewardship activities.
Project Resource seeks to change our culture and systems around financial development in the worldwide Episcopal Church, as it provides the tools to inspire radical generosity and engage faith communities in this life-changing work. Learn more: https://project-resource.org
Episcopal Church Foundation
The Episcopal Church Foundation helps Episcopal faith communities develop strategy, leadership, and financial resources for ministry and provides materials and resources specifically for stewardship and annual giving. Learn more: https://www.episcopalfoundation.org/about/news/topic/stewardship
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS)
TENS is a network of leaders, churches, and dioceses devoted to building healthier giving cultures for greater ministry impact. They provide numerous resources for annual giving. Learn more: https://www.tens.org