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Organisational Development and Biblical Fundraising Mentoring

Detailed information about 2020 Forum Mentoring is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2019 Forum for a look at the types of mentoring that may be available at the 2020 Forum.

Many people think that fundraising is a matter of sales or manipulation. While it certainly can be these things, it is also possible to take a biblical approach to fundraising by building a healthy, God-honouring organisation. What are foundations of a healthy organisation in this perspective?

  • Clarifying the mission and vision that God has given you
  • Establishing a strategy (under the leading of the Lord) to accomplish this vision
  • Attracting and developing a team to accomplish this vision
  • Building relationships with a larger group of partners who can help to make this happen

Forum Organisational Development and Biblical Fundraising Mentoring is focused on discussing the above as well as exploring practical ways (such as grant writing) by which you can raise money for your organisation. 

This type of mentoring is also offered in the cohort format.


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


Jeremy Marshall worked for many years in banking throughout the world. His last job was CEO of the UKs oldest private bank, C. Hoare & Co. He stepped down in 2016 after being diagnosed with incurable cancer. He is Chairman of Christianity Explored, Pastor Training International and Christian Books Worldwide, and a trustee of various other Christian charities. Married to Jeanette, he has 3 adult children and lives in Sevenoaks, Kent.




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 NonprofitsTransforming Culture: The Church at Work in the WorldYou 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.


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