Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and Christian Theological Seminary are partnering to offer the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising for clergy and development leaders of faith-based organizations.  The program includes two 2-day onsite sessions plus online sessions.The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) program provides the research, tools & training to meet the growing needs of religious leaders to inspire and transform philanthropic giving within their congregation and community. Sessions include: Nurturing Generous Congregations & Organizations, Fundraising as Ministry, Nurturing Generous Donors, and Shaping a Theology of Money. Upon completion of the courses, participants will design either a year-round stewardship program or annual-giving (fundraising) program, including an evaluation of the program upon completion. For more information on the program requirements

Registration Information

Dates: First 2-day session July 21 & 22, 2014
Second 2-day session October 20 & 21, 2014
Location: Christian Theological Seminary
1000 W. 42nd Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Tuition: $1,200 for two 2-day onsite sessions and online sessions. Lunch included for onsite sessions. Space is limited. The first 25 applications will be accepted.

Lodging: Lodging and other meals are the  responsibility of each attendee. A block of  
                 rooms is being held at Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown until June 20, 2014. 
                 To receive our discounted rate of $124 use our group code:
                 Book online or call 317-822-9029.

                 7/21 –   8:30am-5pm – Nurturing Generous Congregations & Organizations – Dr. Bill Enright
                 7/22 –   9:00am-5pm – Nurturing Generous Donors – Dr. Bill Enright
                 10/20 – 9:00am-5pm – Fundraising as Ministry – Aimée Laramore, MBA 
                 10/21 – 9:00am-5pm – Shaping a Theology of Money – Dr. Carol Johnston
                 *There will be two 15 minute breaks and an hour for lunch.

A non-refundable fee of $150 is due at registration,  with the balance payable on or before July 14.

To register, click here.  

About the Institute

Lake Institute is dedicated to helping people of faith think creatively and reflectively on the relationship between religion and philanthropy. The Institute is part of the Indiana University School of Philanthropy, the largest, most comprehensive, and world-renowned academic center focused solely on philanthropy. 

Our Partnership

The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising program is offered in partnership with the ChristianTheological Seminary. CTS is a fully accredited ecumenical graduate school offering eight graduate level degree programs, each rooted in a rich history of biblical scholarship, theological openness, and spiritual discernment. The program will be lead by Dr. WilliamEnright, Aimée Laramore, and Dr. Carol Johnson.


Course Instructors

Dr. William Enright is Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and a former Senior Pastorof Second Presbyterian church in Indianapolis. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, FullerTheological Seminary, and McCormick TheologicalSeminary. He earned a Ph.D. from the University ofEdinburgh, Scotland and holds two D.D. (honorarydegrees) from Hanover College and Dubuque Theological Seminary. Dr. Enright is a Directorof Lilly Endowment Inc. as well as a Trustee of Hanover College, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.

Aimee Laramore, MBA is Associate Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving.  She brings over 17 years of executive non-profit leadership to the field of faith & philanthropy, currently teaching Fund Raising as Ministry and Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity.   A woman of faith, you can see a common and intentional thread that transcends both her personal interests and professional life. She has served successfully in leadership & development roles throughout a variety of mission driven agencies across the country, in the health, human services and community development fields.  Passionate teaching and coaching of national congregational teams has materialized in adaptive leadership and resource development practices to broadly foster a culture of generosity.  Prior to joining Lake Institute, she actively served the non-profit sector as owner/lead consultant for ALlyd Image Solutions.  Specializing in facilitation, strategic planning and outcomes-based measurement, her work can be seen through more than 75 non-profit agencies within the Midwest region.  She is an active member of New Horizons Church, Indianapolis, IN and serves on the Purdue University College of Technology Alumni Board, as Chair of Distinguished Alumni.

Dr. Carol Johnston is the Associate Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of Lifelong Theological Education at Christian Theological Seminary. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is a student of effective congregations with cultures of generosity, having directed a Lilly Endowment funded research project, “Faith, Wealth, and Community Leadership”. Dr. Johnston has spoken about faith and giving across North America and regularly teaches adult education courses in churches. She has lectured as far afield as Wuhan, China on issues of economics and environment, faith and giving, Bible and nature, and the public role of churches.

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