Partnering in Generosity

By Kristin Hammett 5 months ago. Ministry EvaluationMajor Donors

As the school year wraps up and my oldest daughter graduates, I find myself reflecting on all the schools she has attended. I am particularly thankful for the role many teachers have played. Nearly every email I have exchanged with a teacher for each of my three kids has ended with the words, “thank you for your partnership.”

A teacher can be a parent’s partner in educating and guiding children. This is true both in the younger years, when the key lessons are sitting still and raising your hand before shouting out an answer, and in older ages when college decisions and future careers are considered.

Partner implies a degree of cooperation and joint effort in accomplishing a task or reaching a goal. Just as the teachers have been a partner in my kids’ maturation, The Signatry has assisted many ministries big and small through more wisdom and success. At The Signatry, we want to partner with ministries for two key reasons: 1) To serve donors well by showing them how to give more generously and potentially minimize taxes, and 2) To solve the greatest problems in the world. We want to collaborate with ministry leaders to do more together than we can do apart.

So how do we most effectively partner with ministries?

Educate you, so you can help educate them.

We work hard to provide you with resources to familiarize yourself with asset-based gifts. When you understand how to better identify and relate to key donors, you can ask them questions to better gauge opportunity.

Work with you to serve your donors. 

We can work with you, roll up our sleeves and help you uncover opportunities, or we can consult on potential opportunities. When a donor indicates interest in learning more about asset-based opportunities, connect them with The Signatry, and we are ready to help.

Speak at your key donor events.

When donors are gathered together in small groups and given a big vision, they are often interested in also learning new ways to fuel that vision. A major donor event is a great way to educate a group of donors on how they can give more generously.

A Collaborative Partner in Generosity

As my kids have gone through school, I have learned there are some rules of engagement that are also important to remember in my parent-teacher partnerships. They also apply in our work with major donors and ministries.

Always assume positive intent.

The Signatry is for you. Our vision is to help write the last check to solve the world’s greatest problems. We want to see your donors realize the joy of generosity in their lives and impact on your work. We want to help you connect God’s resources with His work.

Keep the main thing the main thing.

Serving donors and solving problems are the main things at The Signatry. We want to uncover more resources for Kingdom work. That is our focus. We want to inspire and facilitate revolutionary generosity to solve the greatest problems in the world.

Be flexible.

This is a hard one for me. Sometimes what I planned does not work out as I thought. There are many details involved in asset-based gifts. As we do our best to help manage the process, flexibility is important as some factors require special attention.

Just as parents and teachers collaborate for students’ success, The Signatry wants to partner with you for greater impact. As Mother Teresa wisely said, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

To learn more about ways we can partner, email khammett@thesignatry.com or visit thesignatry.com/ministries.

 

 

Kristin Hammett
Kristin Hammett As the Director of Ministry Services at The Signatry, Kristin Hammett works to train, consult, and equip ministries with fundraising solutions to connect God's resources with His work

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