How Your Personality Type Affects Your Fundraising

Have you ever considered how your unique personality affects your fundraising approach?

 

In the 1920s, a professor at Columbia University began studying human behavior. Students of his work later turned his research into the DISC profile.

The test doesn’t measure personality as much as behavior, but it’s become one of the most popular assessments to help people understand how they relate to others in the workplace, at home and in leadership.

Even without taking the assessment, you can likely tell whether you’re wired for dominance, influence, steadiness or conscientiousness.

These different personality traits can play a big role in your fundraising approach.  Let us break it down for you:

 

Type D Fundraisers

People with dominant traits are decisive, type-A and have high self-confidence. They are driven by results and want to be in control of the situation.

Fundraising Strengths:

  • If you’re a dominant personality, you’re probably great at casting a big vision and presenting the cause in a compelling way. When you meet with potential donors, you focus on the mission, vision and the cause and often leave out the details.

 

Areas to Improve:

  • Slow down, be personable and don’t rush the close. I know it’s hard to imagine, but everyone isn’t like you!

 

Type I Fundraisers

Influencers are the life of the party and aren’t afraid to be the center of attention. They are enthusiastic and talkative and they can be impulsive and emotional.

Fundraising Strengths:

  • If you’re a Type-I, you’ll keep your fundraising presentations fun and tell a lot of stories. You want people to like you and your ministry.

 

Areas to Improve:

  • Because it’s so important for people to feel warmth, you might exaggerate claims in order to build rapport.  Or you might skip key facts and details so you can be more inspiring. Remember, everyone isn’t like you and you need to balance your presentation with facts.

 

Type S Fundraisers

Type-S people are steady, stable, reliable and dependable. They make great team members because they are loyal. Unity and teamwork are really important and they want everyone to get along. But they also know how to stick to a project and see it through. That’s the dependability in them!

Fundraising Strengths:

  • In fundraising conversations, Type-S people will be patient and let people process information at their own pace.  They know how to read a room and won’t push too hard.

 

Areas to Improve:

  • Because you want people to feel comfortable, you may be overly agreeable.  You might need to be more direct at times. You may need to gear up for it, but don’t be afraid to make the ask.

 

Type C Fundraisers

If you’re a Type-C, you’re cautious, precise and detail oriented. You think analytically and make decisions with plenty of research and information to back them up. You’re excellent with details and know how to solve problems.

Fundraising Strengths:

  • In fundraising, you often back up your presentation with real facts and figures. You want people to know exactly how their donations are being used and are patient with questions.

 

Areas to Improve:

  • Your personality can lead you to control a conversation and you might come across as inflexible. Work hard to inspire, not just inform, recognizing everyone doesn’t always care about the same details as you. Tell a story in addition to that statistic.

 

So how are you wired to behave?  And how does that help or hurt you when it comes to fundraising?


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Key Elements Of A Nonprofit Funding Plan

For any nonprofit, fundraising is a never-ending process and with the large amount of advice, sources, strategies and tools – it can feel a bit overwhelming. Fundraising is also changing as technology advances. Most donors today are tech savvy. They have a variety of platforms to engage with their favorite charity (social media, crowdfunding, peer to peer fundraising, mobile giving, national giving days, etc.).

How do you stand out among the noise?

It starts with developing an annual funding plan. A plan that supports your strategic objectives. A plan that is donor-centric and makes donor care a priority. A plan that has buy-in from the board and staff. The entire organization must embrace a “culture of philanthropy” to thrive in the world of fundraising today. The Evelyan and Walter Haas Jr. Fund provided underwriting for an excellent white paper outlining four core components that make up a nonprofit culture of philanthropy. It’s worth 10 minutes to read.

 

So… what elements make up a good annual funding plan?

 

#1. Start with the end in mind.

 

What does success look like for you on December 31st? By doing your mission, what measurable results do you anticipate?

Examples:

  • No foster child without a mentor in your county.
  • 10,000 meals provided in your city.
  • 50 mentors for inner city youth.

 

#2. Determine your fundraising goal.

 

How much money do you need to accomplish your goals? Align your fundraising goals with your mission, strategic objectives and operating budget.

 

#3. Detail your method.

 

What tactics will you use to raise the needed funds? Your plan should list tactics and answer key questions such as:

  • Who is responsible?
  • What is the timeline?
  • How will your track outcomes?

 

Examples of fundraising tactics:

  • Peer to peer fundraising
  • Crowdfunding
  • Face-to-face asks
  • Events
  • Direct mail
  • Email marketing
  • Social media campaigns
  • Grant writing
  • Securing matching gifts
  • Major donor development
  • Corporate sponsorship
  • Monthly partners

 

#4. Diversify your revenue stream.

 

Don’t put all your funding eggs in one basket. Healthy non-profits diversify revenue by tapping a variety of resource streams, including:

  • Family foundations
  • Corporations
  • Individual donors
  • Church mission giving
  • Government grants
  • Earned income

 

#5. Craft your elevator pitch.

 

After developing your plan, it’s time to go out into the community and share your story! Developing an elevator pitch helps you share your story in a clear, concise and compelling manner. Start with a staggering statistic. It can be very powerful!

Example:

Did you know that in last year, 151 Baldwin County women had an abortion? CPC was started in 1992 by a group of local Christians who saw a need to reach out to women facing unplanned pregnancies with love and truth so that they may be spared from the devastation of abortion that was becoming more and more prevalent in our world.  We offer women in unplanned pregnancy situations free pregnancy tests confirmed by ultrasound. We give them information on all of their options so that they may make an informed decision regarding the outcome of their pregnancy. It is our desire that with the services and information they receive at CPC, that they will choose life for their baby.

 

 #6. Thank before you bank.

 

Thank fast and frequently. Treat each donation as the start of a beautiful friendship, but PLEASE, do not use the thank you as a time to ask for more money! Develop a plan for donor care. Nurturing your donors throughout the year through multiple touches and communication streams is so important. Be donor-centric. Show them how important they are to your mission. Say “you” a lot (ex. because of you, 25 fatherless youth were provided mentors). Be specific and transparent to build trust.

 

Do you need help developing a funding plan and donor care plan? We have you covered! Our coaching programs provide this support and so much more!

 

Now accepting reservations for our Virtual Group Coaching Program (available in any location) and our Executive Group Coaching (in-person program available in several cities).  Our program is proven, affordable and can be accomplished successfully in one hour per week.

 

Are you ready to grow? Get started today! 

Questions? Schedule a call with a coach. 

Emily Fitchpatrick, Director of Client Services & Coach

emily@ministryventures.org 

MinistryVentures.org 
Empowering Ministry Leaders to Go Further, Faster!

 

 

 

 

 


10 Things Every Nonprofit Leader Should Do At The Start Of A Year

What are you looking forward to in 2018? As you begin a new calendar year, I know you have new goals, new vision and new ideas to implement in your ministry. To help you thrive in 2018, I have complied a list of 10 things you must do in Quarter 1 to start the year off right.

 

  • Dream big.

What would it look like if you received a transformational gift? What program could you expand or create? How many more lives would be impacted as a result?  How much do you need to make this dream a reality?

 

  • Find low hanging fruit.

Take time to this month to scrub your database. Do you have lapsed donors that need to be reengaged? Do you have donors who have capacity to make a major gift in 2018? Develop a donor care plan to effectively nurture and care for your donors. Start with those who already know your mission and love you!

 

  • Find new donors.

If you've been in ministry leadership for any amount of time you understand the importance of connecting with new folks to help you fuel the mission. That's why we produced a series of three super-practical videos to help you connect with more partners in the days ahead.

Receive this video series today in your inbox. 

 

  • Schedule a one on one meeting with your Board members.

When was the last time you spoke to your Board members outside of the last meeting? Invite them to lunch or coffee. Take advantage of their individual expertise to glean wisdom. Empower them to share your ministry story in the community and engage in fundraising.

 

  • Develop your 2017 Annual Report.

An annual report can help you demonstrate your accomplishments to current and future donors, cultivate new partnerships and give recognition to important people. The council of nonprofits has some ideas and examples for you to follow to create a compelling report.

 

  • Review policies and procedures.

Your organization is always evolving. If your policies have been in place for a while, it’s time to review and update. Do you have important nonprofit policies in place such as a gift acceptance policy, whistleblower policy, conflict of interest, confidentiality? Is your employee handbook current and reflect HR laws in your state? Do you have the appropriate contracts in place with contractors and employees?

 

  • Schedule your 2018 Board retreat.

Be determined to make this year efficient and effective. This starts at the top. A Board retreat can reenergize your Board, provide a time to review Board roles and responsibilities, conduct strategic planning and build unity.

 

  • Update your Guidestar Profile.

Yes, this really does matter! GuideStar is an internationally trusted resource when it comes to nonprofit donations. When donors want to give, they will investigate organizations on GuideStar. Make sure you meet donors there with an impressive profile. Keep your financial information squeaky clean and up to date, and make sure your organization’s contact information is correct.

 

  • Track and share your data.

Are you tracking program success measures? What system do you have in place for evaluating your success? Are you sharing this data with your volunteers and donors?

 

  • Engage with a coach.

Coaches help you identify and focus on what is important. They help you identify gaps between where you are now and where you want to be. At Ministry Ventures we have a proven coaching program that gives you the opportunity to work ON your ministry, not just IN it.

 

In 2017, we coached over 400 leaders - leaders just like you!  We are now accepting reservations for our virtual group coaching program. We have two groups forming now for end of January and February.

With your dedicated coach and peers, you’ll work through topics like: 

  • Developing a comprehensive fundraising strategy that works all year long, even when you’re not doing the big event.
  • Mastering a clear and compelling ministry plan that engages your community and donors.
  • How a high capacity ministry board functions properly and works together as a team to accomplish mission critical outcomes.

The rate is $149 per month for 12 months. If you enroll before January 11, you can receive our early bird rate of $125 per month.

*We guarantee you will raise $10,000 or more in new donors as a result of this program or we will give you 100% of your money back!

 

Questions? Schedule a call. 

Emily Fitchpatrick

Director of Client Services & Coach
emily@ministryventures.org 
Empowering Ministry Leaders to Go Further, Faster!

7 Ways To Jump Start 2018 - Intentionally!

 

It's that time of year!

Ringing in the New Year often means setting those resolutions. I have been on a journey to be more intentional the past couple of years.  As a result, I have adopted a healthier life and leadership rhythm. My prayer for you is that you can do the same in 2018.

Here are 7 tips to help you get started....

1) Be Curious 

Albert Einstein said "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." Take time in to incorporate curiosity into your weekly schedule. Follow your interests through reading or research. Ask questions. Store random facts in your head. Listen without judgement. Be fully present in conversations. Curiosity enhances passion, excitement, creativity, and productivity.

2) Create Value

Wake up everyday asking yourself what you can sow vs. what you can reap. Make more deposits than withdrawals into your relationships. Deepen your relationships. Help others to understand their value. Display servant leadership.

3) Prioritize 

If everything feels like a priority, then you really need to prioritize! It's OK to say no.

4) Eliminate Someday Statements

We all have them. Maybe your 2017 resolution resulted in a "someday statement". Someday statement examples: "I wish I could." "Someday I will." "I need to." Remember: good intentions are very different than intentional living.

5) Evaluate Your Inner Circle

You can't accomplish great things alone. Deciding who to let into your inner circle requires wisdom. Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn famously said, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with." Consider surrounding yourself with those who will challenge you to be better, encourage you with sound advice, hold you accountable, and those who have accomplished what you desire to achieve. Engage with a coach to help hold you accountable.

6) Set 90 Day Goals

Looking only 90 days out gives you a good idea of what you can actually get done in that time frame. Setting 90 day goals allows you to move faster and does not feel as overwhelming. When setting a 90 day goal, break that down even further. Look at what you will do for the next two weeks to move toward that 90 day goal. For example: If you have a large project you want to tackle in the next 90 days, what will you do in the next 2 weeks to make progress? Then after that is finished, set your next 2 week goal. Stay focused. Here at Ministry Ventures we use the EOS process. 

7) Self Care

This is the MOST important of the 7 steps. By caring for yourself, you are better equipped to care for others. You aren't good to your family, your children, your spouse, your employees, or your co-workers when your tank is empty. What can you do each week to incorporate self care? Spend at least 2-4 hours per week caring for you.

Take the next step. 

Download our free resource to help get you started: Personal Growth Plan

Be intentional in 2018! 


What Makes a Great Nonprofit Mission Statement (and Examples)

A great mission statement can help your nonprofit clarify what you do, engage donors, and help keep the board focused on the main thing.

It should be short, clear and inspiring.  Since so much is on the line, it can be tough to come up with the one perfect sentence.

Here are three of our favorite mission statements along with some commentary about what makes them so good.

 

#1 -  Kiva 

To connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.

That’s clear.

They focus on lending money.  The goal is poverty.  And secret sauce is connecting people or peer-to-peer lending.

Top Non Profits says your mission statement should use simple language, aimed at an 8-10th grade reading level. This isn’t the time and place to use big words or explain insider terminology.

Kiva does a great job making it clear.

 

#2 - Charity Water

Bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

That’s short.

Charity Water’s Mission statement is just 10 words, illustrating the fact you don’t need a ton of words to help people understand what you do.

The longer you make a sentence, the more difficult it is to follow.  Instead of clarifying for people, you run the risk of confusing them.

Charity Water does a great job communicating what they do in just a few words.

 

#3 - Make a Wish Foundation

We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

That’s inspiring.

As you hear that mission statement, you probably feel a sense of importance about their work. They don’t have to lay out their strategic plan or go through 10 teaching points to connect with the heart.

Make a Wish does a great job casting vision with their mission statement.  Hope, strength and joy, particularly with children, are inspiring words.

 

Here are some other nonprofit mission statements to get you thinking.

 

  • Water for People: To promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments.

 

  • World Vision: To follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

 

  • Teach for America: To "enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence

 

  • CoachArt: Create a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness.

 

  • Brooklyn Tabernacle Church: To spread the Gospel in our community by reaching out in love and respect to people from every nation.

 

  • Boy Scouts of America: To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

 

In Competing Against Luck, Clayton Christensen says, “Most mission statements are usually phrased at such a high level and so generically that employees find it difficult to use them as guides for auctioned decision making, and innovation.

That’s why it’s important to look at your mission statement and make sure it’s short, clear and inspiring.  Does it communicate what you really do?  Does it inspire people to take action?  Is it short and memorable?

 

Take a Next Step

 

If you need help clarifying your mission statement, sign up for a free organizational assessment with one of our non-profit coaches.  There’s no obligation and we’ll talk through your mission statement and give feedback.

 

In just a few minutes, you may get the clarity you need to refocus your mission statement.

 

Reserve a spot here.

 

Michael Lukaszewski

Content Specialist


Is This Problem A Cold Or Cancer?

How To Triage Problems

In any organization, problems will appear on a daily basis.  Some days in leadership, it seems that all you do is deal with the problems. When you look back at the end of the day, it is difficult to see any progress made because you feel like you have been putting out fires all day long.

But what if there is a better way to deal with problems?  What if there is a simple question that could help to triage the problems that present themselves?

Is this problem a cold or a cancer?

If it is a cold, we treat it like we do when we get a cold.  We watch it and expect it to run it’s course and things return to normal.  We may treat the symptoms and recognize it will affect us for a short time.  And we monitor it to make sure it doesn’t get worse or spread and cause other problems.  

If it is a cold, we don’t disrupt the entire organization or develop new policies to keep it from happening again.  Colds will happen again, and we will complicate our ministries if we try to develop a policy for every “cold” problem.

But if it is a cancer, we must seek to get to the root issue, deal with the problem aggressively, and develop a long-term treatment plan. Sometimes that means having a crucial but difficult conversation with staff, volunteers or board members.  Sometimes, that means addressing infrastructure concerns.  Sometimes, that means changing systems and policies.  

When we realize we are dealing with a “cancer” problem, we must expect that it will disrupt our normal.  Things will not be the same for a period of time.  

Two common mistakes in dealing with problems:

When you deal with a cold like it is a cancer, your leadership is distracted and your team feels jerked around over a minor issue.  Your team will stop bringing problems to you, because they begin to fear the over-reaction to the problem.

When you deal with a cancer like it is a cold, you stop leading and your team will stop engaging.  By refusing to define reality and deal with that cancer, you risk your ministry dying a slow and painful death.  It always takes much long to recover from a “cancer” problem that has gone untreated.

What adjustments do you need to make in your leadership?  What do you need to clarify in your vision and strategy so that your team can help you deal with problems effectively.

Have you considered engaging with a coach to help? Virtual Coaching Groups are forming now for January 2018 and space is limited to 40 leaders. Learn more and save your spot!

 

Written by MV Coach Kevin Yoder

Kevin enjoys helping organizations increase their capacity in fulfilling their mission.  He loves strategic planning and developing the systems and tools needed to accomplish the mission. He currently serves at Rivertown Community Church (RCC) as Multi-site Ministry Systems Pastor.  In this role, he develops and supports ministry environments for the campuses of RCC by developing strategy and effective systems. RCC is a multi-site church with campuses in the rural panhandle of Florida.

Prior to being a pastor at RCC, Kevin served 12 years as principal of a Christian school and as a consultant for Christian school curriculum. Kevin has served on several nonprofit boards and helped to launch a nonprofit.  He is now RCC’s liaison to support local ministries.  He is passionate about networking those ministries to work together and about helping them accomplish their mission in the most effective way.

Kevin lives in the panhandle of Florida and loves spending time with his family and especially his wife Lisa.  Lisa has led on church staff and now serves in Family Ministry at RCC.  Their three children are all in college — Gordon is a graduate student at University of Florida, and Heather and Kristi are both at Chipola college.


Lessons Learned from a CFO’s First Day

His name was James P Drevets and he was the first Chief Financial Officer of Covenant Retirement Communities and my predecessor, mentor, colleague, and trusted friend.

I was the first employee of a central office established by Covenant leadership to serve a loose confederation of retirement communities around the country. At that point in time, there were no formal national policies and procedures. There was no national system for processing financial statements or evaluating results. There was no cash management system. There were no computers. There was no overall budget preparation process and review. The list could go on and on but you get the picture.

I’ll never forget the day I heard that a Chief Financial Officer had been hired. How do you prepare for the new CFO’s first day when there was so much to do and so many items needing attention? I was convinced there would be numerous finance-related questions that I simply would not be able to answer.

I’ll never forget the first time we met. Jim asked me...

“What is the mission statement of Covenant Retirement Communities?”

The question caught me totally off guard. We were in crisis mode seeking to pay bills and to figure out where we had been, where we were at and where we were headed. We were seeking to put reasonable structures, systems, policies, practices, and procedures in place. The idea of a mission statement – to be perfectly honest – had never entered my mind. We had no mission statement.

We quickly changed that!

A Bain and Company study discovered organizations that have clearly defined Vision and Mission statements that are aligned with a strategic plan outperform those who do not.

What is your mission statement? Have you looked at it lately? How does it differ from your vision statement?

At Ministry Ventures, we’ve worked with hundreds of ministries and non-profits to help them clarify their mission and vision. Quite simply, clarifying your mission and vision can help you raise more money, engage more people in your ministry, and help you be more effective.

Schedule a free consultation.

Ric Olson

Certified Coach

MinistryVentures.org 


Leading With Intent - A National Nonprofit Leadership Report

For the past nine years, BoardSource has published a yearly report called Leading with Intent.

The report contains information from leader surveys on nonprofit board composition, practices, performance, and culture. The 2017 Leading with Intent report was developed with feedback from 1,759 individual responses: 1,378 from chief executives and 381 from board chairs.

Key findings:

  1. Boards are no more diverse than they were two years ago and current recruitment priorities indicate this is unlikely to change.

Despite reporting high levels of dissatisfaction with current board demographics — particularly racial and ethnic diversity — boards are not prioritizing demographics in their recruitment practices. Nearly a fifth of all chief executives report they are not prioritizing demographics in their board recruitment strategy, despite being dissatisfied with their board’s racial and ethnic diversity.

  1. Boards are starting to embrace their roles as advocates for their missions, but stronger leadership is still needed.

More than half of all boards are actively working in concert with staff leadership to educate policymakers on behalf of their organization, but most organizations do not have formal policies around advocacy. Both chief executives and board chairs cite board member ambassadorship as a top three area for board improvement.

  1. Strong understanding of programs is linked to stronger engagement, strategy, and external leadership — including fundraising.

The board’s knowledge of the organization’s programs relates to board performance in several key areas: strategic thinking and planning, commitment and engagement, and fundraising and community outreach. This points to the importance of cultivating a deep understanding of the organization’s programs and operating environment through ongoing board education.

  1. Boards that assess their performance regularly perform better on core responsibilities.

Boards that assess themselves get higher grades across all areas of board performance. Emphasizing the importance of regular board assessment, boards that assessed their performance more recently (within the past two years) report higher performance scores than those that assessed less recently.

  1. Chief executives and board chairs agree that the board has an impact on organizational performance, and that two particular board characteristics matter most: the board’s understanding of its roles and responsibilities, and the board’s ability to work as a collaborative team toward shared goals.

For both chief executives and board chairs, these two characteristics strongly correlate to their perceptions of the board’s overall impact on organizational performance. While there is no evidence that this relationship is causal, it does document a perceived connection between board performance and organizational performance, and may point to high-leverage opportunities for board development and growth.

Source: BoardSource, Leading with Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices (Washington, D.C.: BoardSource, 2017).  

You can access the full report here.

As the Director of Client Services and a Coach here at Ministry Ventures, I have the privilege of coming alongside ministry leaders across the country and internationally. We seek to encourage and train according to nonprofit best practices. Our coaching programs are centered around best practices in five areas: Ministry Model, Board Development, Fundraising, Administration, and Prayer Culture.

I consistently hear from leaders that their board has never engaged in an evaluation. As noted in key finding number four of the report: “boards that assess their performance regularly perform better on core responsibilities.”

Has your board conducted an evaluation in the past two years? If not, it’s time.

If you need direction on this, let’s chat!

Schedule a free consultation to discuss your Board training needs.

Emily Fitchpatrick

Director of Client Services & Coach
MinistryVentures.org 

 


A Day of Thanks - Show Your Donors Some Love This Thanksgiving!

 

Thanksgiving....

In my world, as soon as the calendar flips to November the word ‘Thanksgiving’ begins to dominate my mind.  For some of us, this is in the top 2 or 3 premier events of the year. The gatherings, the best food of the year and no need to buy presents!!! This is a win-win holiday!

But as with so many things the real meaning kind of gets lost in all that stuffing (yes, anyway you want to use that word).  The original concept was, and should continue to be, giving thanks to God for the bounty He provided.  I hope we all pause at least for a few moments to actually give truly grateful thanks to a loving, generous God for our over-abundance of blessings as Americans.

As ministry leaders, this is also an opportunity to shine a little.  I spent 25 years working at a Pregnancy Resource CenterOne of the best ideas we ever had for our nonprofit outreach to supporters was a very simple idea... A Day of Thanks.  We printed out our supporter list with phone numbers, divided it up among 6 carefully picked board and staff members, and then made our calls. When they answered or we got the voice mail, we simply said we were calling from our agency to say ‘thank you’ and something like this: “As Thanksgiving approaches, our minds and hearts go to how grateful we are to have friends like you who make our ministry possible with your support. We simply can’t say it enough. Thank you!”

Don't ask.  Don’t share any needs. If the person asks, be prepared to say “That’s not the reason for this call. We simply want to share our gratitude. How can we pray for you at this time?”

For our ministry, this was a big home run (or in November, I guess it would be a touchdown).  Our supporters saw that we valued them as friends and a significant part of our ministry. Being thankful with no other motive is a powerful message in itself.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cindy McDaniel 

Regional Consultant, Ministry Ventures

Questions about donor care? I'd love to chat with you. 

cmcdaniel@ministryventures.org


South Carolina Ministry Fosters Hope in Honduras

(CHARLESTON, SC - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)

In 1990, South Carolinian Suzy McCall went to Honduras as part of a church planting team. Nine years later, she felt God's call to begin a ministry to train native Hondurans in Christian mission work.
Nearly two decades later, Suzy McCall is still living and working in Honduras. But the ministry she helped build - the LAMB Institute - now includes two partner organizations: LAMB Honduras, based in the capital of Tegucigalpa and staffed primarily by Hondurans, and LAMB U.S., based in Charleston.
The work of LAMB is multifaceted and unique, as they seek to bring the Gospel of Christ to bear on Honduran people in many walks of life. The Honduran team operate ministries for orphans (God's Littlest Lambs Children's Home), young students (God's Littlest Lambs School), at risk youth (Alonzo Movement), small business owners (Microcredit Program), and victims of human trafficking (New Life Program).
The U.S. team provides support for the work in Honduras by overseeing organizational development, donor relations, and relationships with U.S. partner churches.
According to Board Member Tammy Gottshalk, a current focus is education. "At LAMB," she said, "we recognize that God changes lives through education and that each child’s educational needs are as different as that child."
"As a result, we have children in many different types of educational programs - some in traditional schools, some in tech schools, some with special needs in schools that serve them best, such as our children in the school for the blind."
One student who came to the Children's Home as a six-year-old is now a 17-year-old University student studying interior design. Gottshalk and her LAMB Institute team members hope to continue their good work in the future, for the sake of the the Gospel and for Honduras' next generation of Christian leaders.
For more information on LAMB, as well as ways to give and volunteer, visit their website.
(One of God's Littlest Lambs)

A Ministry Ventures Certified Ministry.