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Lake Institute ECRF course

Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF)

In partnership with Louisville Seminary, Lake Institute on Faith and Giving is pleased to present a  four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course, which will be held on the Seminary's campus in Louisville, Kentucky January 27-30, 2014.

  • What do you do when the landscape of religious giving is dramatically changing?
  • How do you inspire generosity during difficult economic times?
  • What do you do when the training and tools to meet the needs of the religious community don’t  exist?

These are the questions you’ll answer during this course at Louisville Seminary.

Upon completion of this program, the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising will be awarded. The ECRF program provides the research, tools and training to meet the growing needs of religious leaders to inspire and transform philanthropic giving with congregations and communities. Click here for more information about the course.

Full participation in the ECRF: Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising is applicable for 22 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

The course will be held Monday-Thursday, January 27-30, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is limited to 25 attendees. Attendees are required to purchase and read specific texts for each of the course’s four seminars in advance of January 27. Information on those texts can be found below.

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. Information on local restaurants coming soon! 

There are nine required readings to be completed before the four seminars that make up the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising. There are additional suggested readings as well.

Required reading and links: 

  1. Growing Givers' Hearts: Treating Fundraising as a Ministry by Jeavons, T. and Basinger, R. Amazon
  2. Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Collins, J. Amazon
  3. A Spirituality of Fundraising by Nouwen, H. Amazon
  4. Rambam’s Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give by Salamon, J. Amazon
  5. The Life of Faith and The Faithful Use of Possessions by Johnson, L. Find it here.
  6. Simple Rules for Money: John Wesley on Earning, Saving, & Giving by James A. Harnish. Amazon
  7. "The Economics of Calvin and Calvinism" by Murray N. Rothbard. Find it here.

The following readings are suggested as supplementary to the course: 

  1. Achieving Excellence in Fundraising 3rd edition by Tempel, Seiler and Aldrich. Amazon
  2. Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World by Arrillage-Andreessen, L. AmazonNot Your Parents Offering Plate by Christopher, J. C. Amazon
  3. Advancing the Mission of the Church: Best Practices in Stewardship and Development for Catholic Organizations by Conway, D. Amazon
  4. The Way Into Tikkum Olam: Repairing the World by Dorff, E. Amazon
  5. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Heath, D. & Heath, C. Amazon
  6. The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World  by Heifetz, R., Grashow, A. & Linksy, M. Amazon
  7. Leading Change by Kotter, J. Amazon
  8. Living into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us  by Pohl, C. Amazon
  9. Stewardship for Vital Congregations by Robinson, A. Amazon
  10. Wealth and the Will of God: Discerning the Use of Riches in the Service of Ultimate Purpose by Schervish, P. & Whitaker, K. Amazon
  11. A Catholic Theology of Philanthropy by Vacek, E. This essay can be found in Religious Giving: For Love of God by D. Smith (Ed.) Amazon
  12. Freely Give: The Paradox of Obligatory Generosity in Christian Thought by Wheeler, S. This essay can be found in Religious Giving: For Love of God by D. Smith (Ed.) Amazon
  13. Leading the Fundraising Charge: The Role of the Nonprofit Executive by Williams, K. Amazon
  14. Jesus and Money: A Guide for Times of Financial Crisis by Witherington, B. Amazon
  15. Money and the Way of Wisdom: Insights from the Book of Proverbs by Sandoval, Timothy J. Amazon
  16. Practicing Extravagant Generosity: Daily Readings on the Grace of Giving by Schnase, Robert. Amazon
  17. Ministry and Money: A Practical Guide for Pastors by Jamieson, J. T. and P. D. Amazon
  18. Sharing Possessions: What Faith Demands by Luke Timothy Johnson. Amazon
  19. 'The Use of Money' by John Wesley [Sermon 50]. Find it here.

About Lake Institute

Lake Institute is dedicated to helping people of faith think creatively and reflectively on the relationship between religion and philanthropy. The Institute is part of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the largest, most comprehensive and world-renowned academic center focused solely on philanthropy.

Our Partnership

The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising is offered in partnership with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Louisville Seminary is a fully-accredited graduate school offering four graduate-level degree programs. It is one of the 10 theological schools of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

This program will be led by

Dr. William Enright
Ai'mee Laramore
 Dean Susan R. Garrett

Dr. William Enright, Karen Lake Buttrey director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
Aimee Laramore, associate director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving 


Louisville Seminary Dean Susan R. Garrett

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