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Organisational Development/Fundraising

Detailed information about the 2020 Forum is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2019 Forum for a look at the quality of instructors, teaching, and content that will be available in the 2020 Network.

2019 European Organisational Development and Fundraising Network

This Network's annual curriculum will focus on helping leaders learn how to do development and fundraising through a variety of biblically-based principles. Our ability to minister is directly impacted by the viability of the organisation we represent. Highly successful ministries have taken time to build infrastructure to support the fulfillment of mission. Our vision for impact will be proportional to how effective we are in building on a firm foundation sufficient to withstand the storms of change. Sessions in this Network are designed to provide practical steps, tools, and resources to enable your organisation to grow and flourish. Each session will be a "working session" with workbooks on how to develop each idea.

The Network will be taught by Jerry Twombly, Senior Partner of the Aspiran Group. Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.



Jerry Twombly is the Senior Partner of the Aspiran Group, an international organisation committed to addressing the development needs of nonprofit organisations. Jerry is a graduate of Miami Christian University and Grace Theological Seminary. He has written several books that include: Funding Your Vision: New Hope for Nonprofits, Transforming Culture: The Church at Work in the World, You Snooze, You Lose: Thriving in These Turbulent Times, and The Organizational Planning Primer. He has served over 1,000 different nonprofits throughout the world over the course of the last 40 years in helping them raise in excess of $1 billion. Recognizing the changes taking place in the world of 21st Century philanthropy, Jerry has been a leader in tracking new trends and developing new programs to help nonprofits thrive in changing times. Jerry and his wife Sue live in Indiana. They have two sons and three grandsons.




R. Mark Dillon is the Executive Vice President of the Christian Higher Education and Nonprofit division of Generis. He holds a PhD in Philanthropy and Leadership from The Union Institute in Cincinnati, a MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a BA from Bethel University. Dr. Dillon has been a successful Chief Development officer over 25 years, first at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School/Trinity College, then for 19 years at Wheaton College, and most recently at the American Bible Society. He authored the book Giving and Getting in the Kingdom: A Field Guide, considered to be a standard guide for fundraising in the Christian realm, and has consulted with numerous colleges, universities, and seminaries in North America as well as a number of churches and nonprofit ministries. Dr. Dillon and his wife, Susan, live in Chicago, IL, and are the proud parents of three children (Daniel, Joel, and Laura Grace) and grandparents to ten grandchildren.


Joel A. Dillon is the President & CEO of Jill’s House, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to families raising children with intellectual disabilities. Joel is responsible for the overall operations of Jill’s House, including overseeing the local and national fundraising for all five locations. Previously, he served as Associate VP of Development for Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL, where he played a role in some of the strongest years of giving in the university’s history. His experience caring for “at-risk” children at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago, IL and living alongside adults with intellectual disabilities in a L’Arche community in Germany has deepened his commitment and passion for the mission and work of Jill’s House. Joel is a graduate of Wheaton College. He lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area with his wife, Hannah, and their two children, Lucy and Jonah.



Day 1 

The Essential Elements of a Professional Development Effort
Mark Dillon and Joel Dillon
Whether you are the sole person responsible for fundraising or whether you have a team dedicated to the task, there are elements that must be part of your program if you are to be as effective as you can be. We will talk through these essentials and help you apply them to your situation.

Mission in Ministry 
Jerry Twombly

Every organisation needs to have a clear understanding of its reason for existence. This clarity of purpose comes when an organisation understands its mission. Mission drives every aspect of what is done within an organisation; nothing should be considered part of the organisation that doesn’t make critical contribution to the fulfillment of the organisation’s mission.

Day 2

Funding Your Vision (2 Sessions)
Jerry Twombly

Many people think that fundraising is a matter of sales or manipulation. In contrast, Jerry Twombly teaches that a biblical approach to fundraising is the result of building a healthy and biblical, God-honouring organisation. What are foundations of a healthy organisation in this perspective?

Day 3  

Strategic Planning for Ministries (2 Sessions)
Jerry Twombly

The organisational leader works to set the agenda of the organisation, inspire support for the agenda, and effectively direct others in achieving the vision. This session will discuss the following: three philosophical approaches to planning, reasons why plans typically fail, key areas planning needs to occur, and various planning models.

Day 4

Development Plan (2 Sessions)
Jerry Twombly

The Development Plan is the final component that organisations must address in planning for success. While the effectiveness of a ministry will be determined by how well they achieve their stated mission, motivation will be fueled by a compelling vision, and structure will emerge out of the strategic plan - it will be the development plan that will provide the resources (finances, people, and time) to accomplish what God has placed in our hearts to do!


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