Without a doubt the secret to a successful Taking Donors Seriously (TDS) team is an effective TDS chairperson. They are the driving force of the team’s ability to identify and build a relationship with the area’s top-tier donors. In addition, the TDS chair leads the development of the TDS strategy for the area. The TDS chair and the committee chair need to work together closely to coordinate support for the ministry.
The TDS chair will:
- Recruit a TDS team.
- Arrange a local training session for the TDS team.
- Work with the area director and the TDS team to establish the seven non-negotiables of TDS: financial prayer strategy, case statement, leadership team, Field Development Tool (PPL and Cash Flow) strategy and plan.
- Attend annual regional TDS training sessions.
- Work with the area director to recruit and select the next TDS chair.
- Take the online TDS Course.
Basic Strategies to Develop
- Organize and hold the TDS team accountable to complete all calls to prospective top-tier donors and current top-tier donors.
- Ensure that the committee chair and the committee solicit funds from all other donors who pledge giving at an event.
- Develop a system to manage and update the area’s Field Development Tool (PPL and Cash Flow).
- Develop a process to manage and update the area strategy and plan.
- Has the gift of leadership.
- Is honest and trustworthy.
- Is organized.
- Is talented with finances, budgeting and/or accounting.
- Can delegate and hold people accountable.
Time Requirement: 8 hours per month
NOTE: Different areas will have different time requirements, and this should be used as a guide only. Different times of year as well will have different time pressures.
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