The Summit, facilitated by the National Development Institute, will take place from 8:30 - 4:30 p.m., March 5 - 6, 2013, at Bethel's Place Empowerment Center, 12660 Sandpiper, Houston, Texas 77035.
Coordinators of the event invite pastors, ministry and church leaders, church planters, finance directors, nonprofit executives and officers, and others, tasked with securing funding for their organizations to attend.
Smith heads the Houston-based Bethel's Place Empowerment Center (BPEC) which houses seven non-profit organizations serving a range of community needs from food and clothing pantry services to job search assistance to global missions.
"Houston is the largest city in Texas and the 4th largest city in the nation. And yes, everything is bigger in Texas. The social needs of our multi-ethnic city are big, however, our passion and desire to serve individuals whom are in need of help and hope is BIGGER. Unfortunately with today's economy, it is very difficult finding sustainable funds to support the many and much needed social service programs in Houston and surrounding cities, " says BPEC Development Director Dianne Jones.
The Summit will draw nonprofit and church ministry leaders from across the country for a two-day event of education and empowerment, including Randy Valimont, head of Calcutta Mercy Ministries of Griffin, Ga., who attended a past conference and shared the impact on his ministry.
"The Faith & Fundraising Summit made a believer out of me and my leadership. We now train all our team members on the Major Gifts Ramp-Up Model. Here's why...Because It Works...and raises funds God's way. We now receive major gifts and secured our first $1,000,000 investment thanks to NDI's team of ministers," says Valimont.
The speakers include Valimont, one of this year's panelists, along with Jimmy LaRose, National Development Institute Founder and CEO, Columbia, S.C., Marcus Stern, president of PaxGlobal, Lakeland, Fla., Bishop Redfern II of CityLight Worldwide, Columbia, S.C., Brian Kluth of Maximum Generosity, Denver, Colo., and a host of others.
Attendees will receive information on effective methods to secure major funding gifts for their churches, ministries and nonprofits to assist in growing their organizations and ministries, as outlined below:
Conference Topics - Day One
#1-Ministry of Major Gifts Fundraising...The Pauline Approach
#2-Major Gifts Ramp-Up Starting from Scratch...New Donor Acquisition
#3-Top Twenty-One Reasons Major Donors Give
#4-Seven Keys to Open-Handed Living in a Tight Fisted World
#5-Preparing for True Major Donor Ministry...Organizational Development
Conference Topics - Day Two
#1-The Cornerstone of Major Gifts Fundraising Success...Case for Support
#2-Creating a Culture of Generosity & Giving Within your Local Church
#3-Funding for Small Ministries & Churches...Underwriting Your Mission
#4-Asking for the Big Gift...Doing It Often...Doing It Well
#5-Critical Do's & Don'ts When Doing Major Gifts Fundraising
The regular cost to attend the event is $398, $298 for early registration before Jan. 31, and $198 per additional registrant from the same organization. Seating is limited.
To reserve your spot, visit www.faithandfundraising.com to register or call 1-800-257-6670.
About The National Development Institute
The National Development Institute, is a 501(c)3 organization that provides research and training to executives tasked with nonprofit management and has served administrators, donors, volunteers, staff and board members across six continents since 1996. The Institute nurtures and leverages philanthropy by supplying funders and organizations the capacity building research and education they require to advance their mission. For more information, call 1-800-257-6670 or visit www.faithandfundraising.com.
About Bethel's Place Empowerment Center
Bethel's Place Empowerment Center is a 501(c)3 organization that strives to provide underserved communities with pathways to a better lifestyle. The Center identifies the challenges of specifically targeted underserved communities and works to overcome obstacles by setting goals and enacting programming relevant to the needs in the community. Programming includes GED preparation classes, job search assistance, computer training, secondary language classes, and more. The nonprofit organization acts as a conduit of hope, empowering communities by bringing advancement into reach and creating possibilities where none existed. For more information, contact Executive Director Rob Smith at 713-728-4445 or visit www.bethelsplace.com.
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Contact, Dianne Jones