One of the realities of being in ministry trying to help as many parents as we can is the fact that we have to raise money to exist. If it were not for people that come along side of us and help us in our mission, we just couldn’t do what we do to the numbers of folks that benefit from our efforts to bring hope and help to families.
That reality means, that in addition to writing books, speaking at seminars and conferences, and recording radio programs heard on 1,600 stations, I have to raise over $2,000,000 a year for this “machine” to work.
That’s quite a bit less than most ministries have to raise. But, nonetheless, it’s an amount that I think about constantly and am always thinking of new ways to reach more parents and teens.
One of the ways we raise funds to through our Friends of Heartlight & Parenting Today’s Teen’s Dinners. It’s where we ask someone to “host” a dinner at their home, restaurant, club, etc. in hopes of spreading the word about all our work, and encouraging attendees to financially participate with us.
I come to each of those events, and will share about our ministry and mission, in hopes of raising $10,000 to $15,000 from each dinner. You would invite potential donors that you know, and we’d invite some current donors that we know from your area to come. We don’t anticipate these dinners being over 30 people (but if you would like to host a larger dinner…we’re all game!)
The night’s event include a time of mingling, a dinner, a presentation by me about our ministry which includes a short video, and an “ask”, where I offer people the opportunity to help us save lives of teens and families by participating with us financially.
We hope to have 20 of these dinners during 2015, and we’ll schedule throughout the whole year. It is my hope to coordinate these dinners with seminars in your area.
So here’s my “ask” of you. Would you be willing to host one of these dinners, with hopes of helping us meet our financial goal of $300,000 from our dinners? I, or my son, Adam, would be happy to explain to you about the dinners. We’d love to plan them at least 6 weeks in advance.
What do you think? Can you help us in this way? Would you be willing to give some of your time to making a small dinner a wonderful success, and help change the life of teens and families alike?
If you have an interest, please call me at my office number of 903.668.2173, or call Adam Gregston at 972.342.4416.
I look forward to sharing the mission of Heartlight and Parenting Today’s Teens with folks in your community.