Blog posts tagged with 'black gifts'

Tips for Improving the Effectiveness of your Church Fundraiser

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7


The reach, importance and influence of the Black Church can in no way be underestimated. The church not only caters to the spiritual needs of the community, but also acts its physical foundation; it provides food and shelter for the poor, childcare for working parents, and so much more. While the Church often acts as our support system, sometimes it is necessary for us to return that same support. As a result, it is vitally important that the fundraising we do for our churches and our communities be as productive as possible. In other words, Black Fundraising Matters; Our Black Communities Matter. However, it is understandable why many are often discouraged from attempting to raise funds; often, the results of our fundraising efforts can be disappointing. If you have struggled to reach your goals in the past, you may wish to rethink your campaign has been run in the past and follow a few suggestions to make your fundraising efforts more productive.

  • Set a challenging but attainable goal: Set a goal for your congregants so that each knows what is expected of him or her. By developing a game plan, you will keep your congregants motivated and achieve your goals with greater ease and efficiency. Tangibly keeping track of progress through graphs or chart is another great way to keep the Church motivated. It is always encouraging when people can visualize the progress being made.

  • Send out teams of congregants: Sending volunteers out in a team can increase camaraderie among congregants and at the same time help to raise money faster by fostering an environment of encourage and participation.

  • Use online fundraising tools: Meeting donors face to face is always preferred but that does not mean that you should neglect to use online tools to create the Best Black Fundraiser possible. A well designed, personal web page will help manage your fundraising efforts more than you realize. Overall, a web page helps you keep track of progress, offers direct lines of communication between you and your customers, and provides another way to direct people to your efforts when materials aren’t available. The best part: it essentially runs automatically.  If a running website isn’t feasible at the moment, creating a Facebook page is always a great alternative.

Those are some of our suggestions for making your fundraiser more fruitful. Are there other lessons you’ve learned from your past fundraising experiences? We would love to hear them!



Monday Motivations -- Week 2

Merry Monday to you all! The sun is shining (depending on where you live), the birds are chirping, and we are starting our day off on a blessed note. We can only hope that the same goes for you all!

We all need a reminder sometimes. You know what we mean, right? That reminder that you need to keep pushing. That little something that gets into your brain and helps you remember that you have EVERYTHING you need if you have faith, determination, and will. Whether it's a little phrase, a verse from a song, a chapter in the Bible. Here at African American Expressions there is nothing we love more than being able to be a small part of your daily reminder to keep going -- because you motivate and inspire us on a daily basis to continue doing what we do. To constantly envision, create and produce quality gifts, greeting cards, art and faith based products, and so much more, that honors our diverse black heritage.

Well there was nothing more motivating on this marvelous Monday morning in May (oooooh that flowed so nicely) than a hot, dark cup of delicious coffee. I don't know if it the aroma, the taste, or the get-up-and-go that it gives you, but they were not kidding when they said it was the best part of waking up! Okay.. maybe not the best. The best is being able to wake up to another day that the Lord has given us -- but that coffee is definitely in the top 5.

So what better place to put a little daily motivation, then smack on the front of our coffee and latte mugs?

One of our favorites right now happens to be one that would be perfect for any of the father's on your list (Father's Day is fast approaching) -- it's our absolutely eye-catching "He Who Kneels" coffee mug. Simple in design, but poignant in message, our He Who Kneels is the perfect daily reminder for any gentleman in your life. Take a look at the link below.

Whether it's coffee, a special saying, or just waking up on this beautiful morning to inhale fresh air into your lungs -- may your Monday be blessed.