Episode 235 | Ministry Development and Fundraising

Episode 235 | Ministry Development and Fundraising

Jim Dempsey joined the show to discuss the benefits and best methods of ministry development and fundraising.

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Mr. Dempsey is a graduate of both New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and California State University in San Bernardino, California.

After working in the private sector, Mr. Dempsey joined the staff of Cru, formerly Campus Crusade for Christ in 1984, soon rising to become the Director of Development Administration and Direct Marketing. Within his first four years with Cru, he helped design the first internationally oriented pledge program. His experience also included supervision and administration of foundation and major donor field representatives in pledge fulfillment of Campus Crusade’s Billion Dollar “Here’s Life” Capital Campaign and the applicable events. In addition, he served for eighteen months working with CCC Founder and President Bill Bright to create “the President’s Strategy” major donor relationship effort.

In 1998, Mr. Dempsey became the Associate Director of Development for the Campus Ministry — the position he currently holds — where he directs all global, national and local development efforts for that division which includes funding a $26 million budget — having taken them from under $1 million per year in revenue to more than $16 million annually in less than 20 years. He also serves as an internal consultant for ministries within Cru.

Mr. Dempsey is a frequent lecturer on development and management and creates content for a successful YouTube channel, “Jim Dempsey – Fundraising.” The channel includes a library of more than 225 training videos. Additionally, he has created a curriculum featured through Fundraising Masterminds.

Mr. Dempsey serves on the board of numerous non-profit organizations such as Arts for Relief in Missions (IL) and Connection Points (VA) and has served as Board President for Sanctity of Life Ministries in Fairfax, VA and Assist Crisis Pregnancy Center in Annandale, VA.

Mr. Dempsey lives in Orlando, FL with his wife Diane and is active in his local church. Prior to that, he attended Knollwood Community Church in Burke, VA for 30 years, where he chaired various committees and served as Chairman of the Deacon Board and served as an Elder.