The Mission Increase Curriculum

Mission Increase’s training Curriculum is designed to develop non-profit leaders by producing key outcomes in the areas of organizational leadership, ministry communication, fundraising events, and Strategic Planning. Mission Increase Area Directors coach non-profit leaders through the material by convening learning communities and through individual coaching.

Introductory Materials

Because we serve a broad variety of non-profit organizations–some seasoned fundraising veterans and some just getting started–we’ve created some simple eLearning courses to introduce key Mission Increase concepts. Each of these courses is designed to initiate fruitful conversations with the Area Director so we can meet every organization where they are in their fundraising development.

Introductory courses are short overviews of key concepts, and provide multiple opportunities to engage with Area Directors. We encourage those who are new to Mission Increase to start here:

  • Introduction to Mission Increase (Course): This course explains who MI is and how we help non-profits raise funds and become more fruitful.
    • A Fundraising Coach
    • A Learning Community
    • A Collection of Practical Resources
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Fundraising (Course): Helps explain Mission Increase’s focus on having the right frame of mind when it comes to fundraising.
    • Ministry Leaders have a dual calling:
      • Do the work of ministry
      • Develop others in the work
  • A Theology of Giving (Course): A walk through foundational passages of Scripture that help explore what the Bible has to say about fundraising, giving, generosity, and stewardship.
    • God’s Provision
    • Generosity
  • P-E-O (Course): A simple, yet powerful plan to develop people in the work of a ministry.
    • A step-by-step plan to grow people in
      • Prayer
      • Giving
      • Learning
      • Sharing
      • Serving
  • Case for Support (Course): Why should someone support your ministry? This course explains Mission Increase’s prescription for making the case in a way that people can understand and respond to.
    • Key messaging:
      • Problem
      • Solution
      • Invitation

Next, we invite ministry leaders to participate in community learning modules. These are organized into 4 categories, each with 3 learning workshops. Area Directors lead workshops through instructional presentations, facilitated discussion, and learning-by-doing activities. Each ministry is encouraged to follow up with their Area Director in individual coaching appointments and Group Learning events.

Quarterly workshops are modular, but not linear. This allows non-profit leaders to jump into the at any point, but a module is most useful when shored up by the content of the other modules.

Quarterly Training Overview

This is a collection of materials from past workshops. We’re in the process of redesigning our curriculum around the following lists contains resources that Area Directors ave previously used to teach workshops.

We are committed to continuous improvement of our curriculum, and are currently working to emphasize the biblical precepts and basic principles that undergird our content. As we update our curriculum, we will iterate and improve while including many of our existing tools and resources.

SECTION 1: Major Gifts

A Major Gift is something that is major to the giver, to the organization, and to the fundraiser. As ministry leaders develop champions, they need to have a plan, know how to make an invitation to give, and be equipped to build healthy relationships with major givers, churches, partners, and Granting organizations.

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SECTION 2: Acquisition Events

To acquire new champions, we encourage ministries to hold three types of in-person or virtual events. These events leverage Champion relationships to induct new champions into champion communities.

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SECTION 3: Ministry Communications

Ministry leaders should know how to effectively communicate with a brad variety of champion segments. Our approach emphasizes planning/calendaring, monthly giving and newsletters, and year-end fundraising campaigns.

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SECTION 4: Ministry Leadership

Many people in ministry initially signed up to do the work, and now they find themselves having to lead an organization! This section focuses on the high-level operations of leading a non-profit organization and emphasizes Strategic Thinking/planning, developing and implementing an annual fundraising plan, and developing healthy Boards/oversight committees, and leadership teams.

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