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I think one of the most important lessons we all learned from working on Church Publishing Incorporated’s Faithful Giving www.churchpublishing.org/faithfulgiving
is that regardless of the faith tradition, three elements of planned giving programs were consistent for congregational and other religious leaders to do: build trust, say thank you, and raise awareness. This is extremely clear in Pandit Roopnauth Sharma’s case study on encouraging planned giving among Hindu communities of faith. Thank you so much Pandit for sharing your insights and guidance. You provide one of the many great articles from Canadians in our book!
Pandit Roopnauth Sharma was ordained via the method of Lineage and Heritage. Born in Guyana in South America, descendant of Hindu Indentured labors from the British colonial era. Went to the USA in 1968 as student and then immigrated to Canada in 1970. Prior to retirement, Pandit Sharma was employed in the corporate business world. This included banking sector combined with thirty years of information technology and management consulting experience. He served in many senior management positions in public and private corporations. Which includes Senior Manager PricewaterhouseCoopers, Manager Oracle, Manager Ernst Young Cap Gemini and Director Information Technology. Pandit Sharma currently is engaged in senior positions in the following diverse community organizations: President of the Hindu Federation an umbrella body representing significant Hindu Temples in Ontario; President Canadian Multi-faith Federation (CMF) An umbrella body representing over thirty faith groups; Vice president and Hindu Chaplin for Interfaith Chaplaincy (IFC) in support of Spiritual care services at Correctional Services Canada (CSC); Founder and Spiritual Leader Mississauga Ram Mandir (Hindu Temple) Pandit Sharma has received many community service awards and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. His philosophy: “Service to others first then the self.”
Thank you Peter J. Misiaszek for your great case study on the importance of actually asking for planned gifts in congregations in Church Publishing Incorporated's Faithful Giving https://www.churchpublishing.org/faithfulgiving.
It may seem obvious, but if congregational leaders don’t ask, members may not realize they can or could make a gift to support the ministries in which they believe and that have enhanced the lives of their families and beyond. As Peter notes in his article, simple actions can move the members of your congregation or religious charity, regardless of their means, to include you in their estate plans with ‘a gift of encouragement’ to support so many important and transformational ministries. I also appreciate that Peter can share a Canadian perspective in his article as well. Blessing Peter on all you do for The Anglican Church of Canada.
Peter Misiaszek, MA CFRE is the Director of Stewardship Development for the Anglican Diocese of Toronto. He is responsible for parish stewardship education, annual giving, gifts of encouragement, The Bishop’s Company of Toronto, FaithWorks and oversight of The Anglican Diocese of Toronto Foundation. His department has produced numerous parish-based resources in support of stewardship education including: “The Narrative Budget – Writing Your Parish’s Sacred Story,” “A Program to Encourage Joyful Giving in Your Parish” and “Growing Healthy Stewards.” The latter is an innovative year-round stewardship program that aligns trained stewardship coaches with parishes and guides them through a process that promotes generous giving, acknowledges the importance of volunteerism, and enables clergy to preach effectively on the subject. From 2010-2012, the Diocese of Toronto ran a diocesan-wide major fundraising campaign called Our Faith-Our Hope that realized over $35,000,000 in revenue and secured significant ministry investment across several program areas. Nearly 9,000 members of the Anglican church in Toronto made a financial contribution to this effort. Peter is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). He holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Waterloo. Peter lives in Whitby with his wife Ginette and their three children and attends Christ Memorial Anglican Church in Oshawa.
Anwar Khan and Islamic Relief USA have done amazing humanitarian work here in the US and throughout the world. I am so grateful that in the midst of so many demanding tasks at IRUSA that Anwar was able to write his case study on how IRUSA created a special webpage to assist Muslims in creating a will compliant with the specific inheritance requirements of Islam, which allows for as much as 1/3 of an estate to be given charities. Many non-Muslim are unaware of the tremendous generosity inherent in Islam. I have been tremendously inspired by the many faithful and dedicated Muslims who participated in our book, Faithful Giving https://www.churchpublishing.org/faithfulgiving
from Church Publishing Incorporated. I feel so greatly blessed by the tremendous generosity shown to me and treasure the new friendships I have created through our book. As-salaam alaikum.
Anwar Khan President of Islamic Relief USA. He has more than twenty-five years of experience working in the field of humanitarian and development assistance. Mr. Khan grew up in the United Kingdom and went to America to help found Islamic Relief USA. He was involved in community organizing and helped to build the Islamic Relief USA volunteer and Fund Development program. Before becoming President, Anwar held a variety of leadership roles at Islamic Relief USA, directing Islamic Relief USA’s program efforts; managing its fundraising offices and operations; and leading the organization as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Khan is the longest serving staff members in the organization. He is also Associate Faculty at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Mr. Khan has also served on several boards such as Interaction, and was an advisor for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA), and the U.S. State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group. Currently, he serves on the board of World Food Program USA, Joint Learning Initiative and the Alliance to End Hunger. He is on the Advisory Council for Muslim Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University.
Many people in the non-profit world are well-aware of Margaret Holman and her insightful and savvy advice for building and enhancing fundraising programs of all kinds. In the 17 years that I have known and collaborated with Margaret, I have also known her quick wit, ability to connect quickly with anyone and her deep commitment to working with non-profit professionals (and volunteers) to empower their efforts to make our world a more equitable, just and pleasant place. Thank you Margaret for writing with me the Afterword for our book Faithful Giving https://www.churchpublishing.org/faithfulgiving
about the impact of Covid on planned giving. Though you have written several books and serve both a national and international client base, Church Publishing Incorporated and I deeply appreciate your article and your early guidance as we pulled this book together. Wishing you blessings and good health always!
Margaret M. Holman is president of Holman Consulting, a full-service fund-raising consulting firm she founded in New York City in 1991. Ms. Holman served as Senior Vice President for Development and Communications at America's first and largest humane society, The ASPCA. She has also held senior fundraising management positions at a variety of arts, health, and educational institutions throughout the country. She is an emerita president of the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York, was president of Women in Development in New York, and serves on the Greater New York Chapter of AFP Board. Ms. Holman is a Trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation and is a board member of the Epic Theater Ensemble. She is also co-author of The Complete Guide to Careers in Fund Raising (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company), is co-author of Major Gifts Fundraising (Directory of Social Change in England) and is a contributing author of The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook (Charity Channel Publishing).
Happy to post Fr. Charles Cloughen's picture of him with our new book Faithful Giving from Church Publishing Incorporated. Thanks Fr. Charles and Elizabeth Masterson for the updated picture and your post on your page. Next step.....getting Fr. Charles back on FB!