Reimagining Financial Support for Your 21st Century Congregation
We hear over and over again that current models of synagogue financial support are not working. Temple leaders are searching for new and innovative
models to restructure their finances and to strengthen their members' involvement.
The Reimagining Financial Support for Your 21st Century Congregation Community of Practice is exploring the connection between
financial support and member engagement. Our premise is that we can increase financial contributions to our temples by strengthening personal relationships
within the congregation. Making relationships central to this equation, refocuses our priorities on the people and how they relate to each other, to the
congregation and to their financial obligation. Participating congregations are experimenting with and creating innovative, relational-based dues, fees and philanthropic models of finance that can increase both congregational funding
and membership engagement.
The URJ Reimagining Financial Support for Your 21st Century Congregation Community of Practicehas brought together congregations interested in exploring various financial models beginning March 2013.
It is comprised of seventeen congregations that share an interest in understanding the complexities and new thinking of financial sustainability for congregations. Through
participation in this process, the leaders have learned together
about key challenges and opportunities for enhancing financial practices,
studied best principles from across the field, and identified and
executed a pilot experiment to scale-up their efforts at home.
Building a Relational Congregation
How to Measure the Success of a Relational Culture
Understanding the Connection Between Temple Finances and Congregational Culture
Fundraising and Development Essentials*
Exploring Dues Models that Work
Understanding the Voluntary Dues Model
Understanding the Congregations Who Have Successfully Transformed Their Dues Models
* The Webinar on Fundraising Essentials is available to all URJ congregations by contacting the URJ Knowledge Network at firstname.lastname@example.org. This outstanding 90-minute webinar explains the basic rules of fundraising and development, discusses new trends in philanthropy and current challenges
of fundraising, and suggests ways to create a culture of philanthropy in congregations, and outlines ways to plan and execute a congregational development
strategy. The Fundraising Essentials webinar is planned and presented by Naomi Levine, Executive Director, and Richard Brown, Visiting Clinical Professor,
at the New York University George H. Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.