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CTS to Co-Sponsor Workshop on Religious Giving

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The economic outlook for religious giving and fundraising in 2009 is uncertain, if not downright sobering, but in the words of Barbara Wheeler, President of Auburn Theological Seminary, we should not "waste a good recession!"

To that end, the Lake Institute would like to invite you to learn what research data, your local congregational peers, and religious nonprofits have to say about coping with today’s financial challenges.

The Religious Giving in Uncertain Times Conference, sponsored by Christian Theological Seminary and the Lake Institute for Faith and Giving, will be held May 4, 2009, 9:00am – 2:00pm, in the Shelton Auditorium at Christian Theological Seminary.

The conference will include a presentation by staff members from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy and Lake Institute, in which they will share research and anecdotal data relative to religious giving in recessions.

Two panels—one representing clergy and leadership from Catholic, Evangelical, Baptist, United Methodist, Presbyterian, and Jewish congregations, and another composed of nonprofit CEO’s and managers from the United Way of Central Indiana, Catholic Charities, Shepherd Community Center, the Jewish Federation, and the Islamic Society of North America—will discuss how they are learning from the current crisis and moving forward in these uncertain times.

At the end of the program, participants will have the opportunity to engage their peers in dialogue about ways to translate these learnings into a proactive plan for their own congregation.

Register by following the “Religious Giving in Uncertain Times” link at the top of the Lake Family Institute website to reserve your space. The $25 registration fee includes lunch.

CTS and the Center on Philanthropy look forward to this opportunity to learn together, exploring new options and opportunities amidst these challenging economic times.


Written by ccindiananews

March 26, 2009 at 4:01 pm

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