While WorldVenture missionaries work hard to raise funds for their ministries, headquarters looks for outside resources to receive finances for deficits and extra projects.
Since the creation of the department six months ago, development has increased its foundation giving and widened its partnership base with various donors and grants. That has translated to major monetary gains for WorldVenture.
This year alone, WorldVenture increased its amount of donations and grants by 10 percent, a significant raise from years past. The trend has been positive since 2012, with a monetary increase of three percent. The 2014 fiscal year saw the largest jump in funds (17 percent), while 2013 increased by seven percent.
One such grant came from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, enabling WorldVenture to hire Adrienne Livingston as its Director of Anti-Sex Trafficking Initiatives. Adrienne brings a diverse and high level of experience to WorldVenture. She was the previous Executive Director of the Black United Fund of Oregon, Inc. in Portland, Ore., and has a background in program development, project management, fundraising, marketing and building collaborative partnerships. She will be located in the Northewest region.
In addition to the Murdock grant, WorldVenture received a significant gift from The Crowell Trust, a long-time partner. This money will go toward BEST, a Bible school and seminary training in the Central African Republic. Tyndale House Foundation and Cornerstone Trust gave a significant gift to WorldVenture as well.
Sally Hahn, Director of development at WorldVenture, hopes to bring renewed focus to planned giving, which she says has not been a priority for the organizaiton since 2011. Sally would like to change this by cultivating relationships and deeper partnerships with major potential donors. As of now, a number of partners have agreed to give approximately $6 million in wills and annuities.
“My job is to share with people our mission, to share our story,” she said. “It’s asking people to be Kingdom investors with what they have.”
One of the challenges WorldVenture faces in increasing its donor base is how to spark the interest of potential donors, when the work of WorldVenture encompasses so many sectors. Learning to communicate the 360˚ approach to donors that may have specific passions has helped Sally and others continue to grow the donor population.
“We are in it to partner with people who are passionate about our mission,” said Sally.
Many potential donors have never heard of WorldVenture, but that’s not to say they don’t support its mission. Sally hopes to expand people’s familiarity with the organization that could result in more partnerships, grants and donations.
“We’re still developing things, but we’re going in an awesome direction.”