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Trends affecting religious markets in 2021

As many of us look toward a fresh start in 2021, some insurance industry experts say we can’t forget where we’ve been in 2020. The global pandemic — originally assumed to be a short-term event — is likely to continue for months into the future. How does that affect the coming year? Peter Mahler, vice […]

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ACH Network branches into donation, healthcare, subscription payments

Many are familiar with the ACH Network, which last year electronically moved 24.7 billion payments valued at nearly $56 trillion between accounts at different financial institutions for payments including large B2B transactions or payroll direct deposit. Others may recognize the ACH Network as the payment system that funneled stimulus payments into millions of bank accounts upon the […]

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G20 Interfaith Forum unveils priority recommendations to G20 Summit

Culminating from its annual global G20 Interfaith Forum event in October, the G20 Interfaith Forum has announced its priority recommendations within five areas of focus for consideration by G20 Summit leadership at its Nov. 21 and 22, 2020 meetings in Saudi Arabia. The recommendations focus on issues such as COVID-19, advancing peace and conflict resolution, […]

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#GivingTuesday: have you decided?

From NonProfitPRO / By Laurence Pagnoni Just weeks away, #GivingTuesday will take place on Tuesday December 1. This day of global giving has grown into an impressive movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity. The average online gift is $111. It may be an opportunity for you to leverage […]

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Study reveals sharp increase in planned gifts + COVID-19 planned giving impact

A new study released by BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s Planned Giving Practice reveals that, despite concerns the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would have a negative impact on the future of giving, philanthropists increased their support of the non-profit sector during 2019.  Non-profit organizations represented in BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s 2020 Annual Charitable Gift […]

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New data highlights church challenges during COVID-19

Faithlife Survey Shows Churches are Returning to In-Person Gathering but Disunity Regarding Policies   BELLINGHAM, Wash., September 23, 2020–New survey data from Faithlife, the church technology company behind Logos Bible Software, reveals that while the majority of churches are returning to in-person gatherings, leaders face numerous challenges to church unity within their congregations. “COVID-19 has necessitated […]

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New study: How are congregations being affected by COVID-19?

41% of congregations reported declines in donations in early months of pandemic while 28% saw increases, according to survey by Lake Institute on Faith & Giving INDIANAPOLIS — Many U.S. religious congregations currently are entering their annual fall fundraising and budget-planning season with uncertainty about their finances and reopening plans as the COVID-19 pandemic and […]

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“Don’t Quit In The Dip”

By Shaun Nepstad Tears streamed down my face while my body was folded up under my desk like origami. I had just preached my heart out that Sunday, and I was exhausted and overwhelmed. Earlier that week, I had been teaching boldly, and now I was hiding from the world, hoping no one would find […]

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Keys to a successful live stream

By Phil Cooke, Ph.D. During the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, I literally monitored hundreds of live stream services. The good news is that during that experience, more and more church leaders finally started taking live streaming seriously. During that time, I made a list of suggestions to help pastors and communication teams. Keep in mind […]

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The Salvation Army USA sets out to “Rescue Christmas” due to immense impact of COVID-19

Iconic holiday fundraising campaign is being launched earlier than ever to meet increasing need  ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time in 130 years, The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early in an effort to “rescue Christmas.” The funds raised through the organization’s iconic red kettles are […]

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