Thursday, October 9, 2014

Standing at a Crossroads: the GPTS Advancement Initiative

The next two academic and fiscal years are presenting our seminary with major new opportunities — and new challenges to go with them. With the upcoming addition/replacement of new full-time and adjunct faculty, an unprecedented growth in the number of students on our unique sponsored tuition-waiver program, the increasing use of technology, and other growth-related factors, the seminary must build a stronger financial base. Although we are keeping expenses well under budget most months, our reserve coffers are empty, and we have been forced some months to supplement our regular income with use of our credit line. Many other seminaries are reporting similar austerity.

To address this situation, we are launching the GPTS Advancement Initiative. We are challenging our amazingly faithful donors, who already carry 70 per cent of the cost of operating this unique institution, to increase their giving by 7 per cent this year, and supporting churches are being asked to increase their commitment by 10 per cent. Our staff, faculty and trustees have been asked to set an example by increasing their giving, and, from our custodian to board members, they have responded.

But we also need to increase the size of our donor base if we are to achieve the leadership's ambitious goal of raising $200,000 over and above budget from new sources this year. The Trustees and Administration are asking our friends to reach out to their peers to share the vision they have for supporting GPTS and ask them to join in. 

Peer-to-Peer Networking

The best strategy, of course, is for you to approach your friends personally. Have a GPTS-oriented conversation and make some calls. As someone they know and trust, you are the best ambassador for the seminary you trust and support. You can become a FRIEND-RAISER by starting a personal campaign of your own and inviting your contacts to help create a network of new fund-raisers along with you using the online Crowdrise system. Start your campaign here

Here's how it works: 

Click on this link and then either click on the orange DONATE TO YOUR CHARITY box to make a donation or, better yet, click on the FUNDRAISE FOR YOUR CHARITY box to start your own peer-to-peer fund-raising campaign on behalf of GPTS. Once you have created your campaign, click on the "Manage Team" tab on your fund-raiser campaign page, then on the "Invite Team Members" box to create an e-mail message notifying your contacts about your fund-raising efforts on behalf of Greenville Seminary. In turn, they will have the opportunity to give or start a campaign of their own.

As you reach out, or even if you do not participate in this Crowdrise effort, we would appreciate knowing about your contacts. We are asking you to provide the names of five prospective donors from among your friends and acquaintances. To make your pledge and referrals, please fill out and submit the form here.

Most of all, be fervent in prayer that God would provide all that is needed for us to do what He has called us to do in this ministry which the church so badly needs in these uncommon times.