Someone who gives a major donation to the church may have in mind a particular outcome or set of expectations – and you will want to work with the funder to see whether those expectations help you fulfil your church’s ministry purposes or distract you from them. Even if you are aligned, other key issues might emerge, such as:
- How do requests for anonymity fit with your obligations to know the source of funds?
- Can we negotiate an agreement that gives us maximum flexibility about the use of funds, while still honouring the donor’s intentions?
- What do we do if it becomes impossible to fulfil the conditions that a donor has specified?
We will help you to understand what your legal obligations are and how you can best honour Christ in managing your use of major gifts.