The why—and how—of faith-based fundraising and stewardship.
For years, many faith-based fundraisers and communities have been inspired by Henri J. M. Nouwen's book A Spirituality of Fundraising and his approach to fundraising as a calling and ministry. Many who are inspired by Nouwen's vision remain hesitant to ask for money, saying, "I don't have the personality to raise money" or "Asking for money still feels too complicated and makes me fearful."
Nathan Ball, a close colleague and friend of Nouwen, tackles these trepidations head-on with his workbook, providing a 4-week how-to guide for putting Nouwen's culture-shifting vision into practice. Nouwen and Ball lift up fundraising as a powerful way of loving and building community. They provide gentle guidance that will help people from all walks of life reimagine the task of fundraising and access the inner conviction and external skills to engage in the task of fundraising.
In this workbook, readers will find the complete original text of A Spirituality of Fundraising plus extensive commentary on its themes. There are many questions for reflection and journaling, prompts for listening and meditation, and instructions for using the book as an individual or with a group.
The original print book edition, without the workbook, is available here.
Henri J. M. Nouwen was an internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor, and beloved pastor who wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. Nouwen enjoyed an impressive academic career with positions at Notre Dame, Yale, and Harvard Universities. His commitment to explore the relationship between faith and justice led him to become involved in the civil rights movement and to make a number of trips to Central America. Nouwen lived the last ten years of his life as the pastor of L'Arche Daybreak in Toronto, one of the many communities founded by Jean Vanier. In L'Arche people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers, create inclusive communities of faith and friendship, and transform society through relationships that cross social boundaries. This became Nouwen's home until his death in September 1996.
Nathan Ball met and shared community life with Henri Nouwen in Jean Vanier's L'Arche
communities in France, and then Canada, for over ten years. Their friendship and Nouwen's
spiritual vision had a life-changing impact on Nathan, who has had various leadership roles
within the L'Arche movement. Nathan was a founding trustee of the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust and was on the Board of Directors of the Henri Nouwen Society for several years. For the past 20
years, he has been heavily involved in various aspects of fundraising. He now lives in St. Louis, Missouri.