According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are over 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States, but only about 110,000 private, grant-making foundations. Of these grant makers, less than half accept grant applications and even fewer give to Christian ministries. In order for a Christian nonprofit to successfully compete for grant money, especially in this economy, they must be able to write compelling grant proposals, understand the current giving demographics, or know where else to look for support. This daunting process is made easier in a new book, "Grants for Christian Ministries and More."
Recently, Christian Foundation Grants, an online database that lists Christian grant makers and other nonprofit resources, published "Grants for Christian Ministries and More," a book designed to help Christian organizations advance to the next level in their funding. This book explains the grant writing process and more for Christian ministries -- a sector that most fundraising books neglect to address.
But this isn't just one person's ideas on grant writing: it is a collaborative work. Whether it is a New York lawyer, a Kansas community foundation president, or a California grant writer, the best at the fundraising craft were found and asked to contribute a chapter.
This book contains chapters on the grant process, writing a grant, preparing a budget, and applying for federal faith-based grants. But the book does not stop with those standard fundraising topics. The "and more" ranges from a chapter on the demographic issues behind the coming charity crisis, to starting a planned giving program, to creative alternatives to foundation giving.
As any ministry understands, fundraising is a necessary but difficult task. This book equips and encourages Christian ministries to accomplish the tasks they have been given. In one of the book's chapters, William High, the president of Servant Christian Community Foundation, reminds ministries of the goal of fundraising: "The ministry world has an unprecedented opportunity to capture wealth, including noncash assets, that will influence the spread of the Gospel."
William High, President of Servant Christian Community Foundation and Christian Foundation Grants, (www.servantchristian.com and 913-310-0279) is available for interviews.