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Lake Institute, Louisville Seminary Partner to Offer Religious Fundraising Course

by Ashley Schaffner | Aug 12, 2013

Training participants to earn Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF)

In partnership with
Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will offer a four-day ECRF course for clergy, judicatory executives and development leaders of faith-based organizations January 27-30, 2014.  The course will be held on the Seminary’s campus.

Recognizing the need for a comprehensive training program for pastoral leadership to meet the unique fundraising and resource development needs of congregations and parishes, the Institute and Louisville Seminary see the course as an opportunity for attendees to learn core fundraising principles in a supportive environment, and to explore essential rituals and practices that foster generosity.

The program will be led by Dr. William Enright, Karen Lake Buttrey director of Lake Institute on Faith and Giving; Aimee Laramore, associate director of Lake Institute on Faith and Giving and Dr. Susan R. Garrett, dean of Louisville Seminary.

“Faith-based organizations, especially congregations, are facing significant fiscal challenges,” said Enright. “Lake Institute developed the ECRF to provide clergy leaders and development officers with the fundraising tools, organizational principles and theological tenets pivotal to nurturing generosity. This is not a how-to seminar. It is a practical experience to help leaders nurture generous givers with joy and integrity, while creating a rich community of conversation partners in the field of faith and fundraising.”

“It is a privilege to partner with Lake Institute, an organization that has been charting the landscape of religious fundraising and training leaders to work in that arena for over a decade,” said Garrett. “I am confident that our Seminary’s collaborative work with the Institute to offer the certificate program will greatly benefit participants and the communities they serve.”

To register, click here.

Registration is limited to 25 participants, and full payment is required at the time of registration. “Early bird” registration tuition is available through August 31 at a discounted, $900 rate. Beginning September 1, the cost to register is $1,200. The deadline to register is October 4, 2013. Tuition covers your attendance at all four seminars, plus breakfast and refreshments each day of the course. Lodging and other meals are the responsibility of each attendee. Click here for information on Laws Lodge, the Seminary’s on-site hotel. 

Participants who complete the full course are eligible to earn 22 points in category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/ or recertification.


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