Fuller Youth Institute


Urban Youth Ministry Fund Development Panel

Kara Powell

Kara Powell interviews Youth for Christ leaders Lisa Gintz and Scott Arnold and Young Life leaders Orbi Gonzales and Bebe Hobson.  The group shares insights and lessons learned about raising funds to start and sustain urban youth ministries.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What Scriptural principles or passages have shaped your own fund development practice?
  2. What 1-2 new ideas did you pick up about identifying and build relationships with new donors?
  3. What sort of communication plan have you developed to stay in touch with donors? How do these youth workers’ insights affirm and challenge that plan?
  4. What strategies can you utilize to calm yourself before meeting with donors, and how will you handle a “No”?
  5. What keeps you going or inspires you when you don’t feel like doing the hard work of fund development?  How did these youth workers’ insights bolster your resolve to keep it up?
Published Sep 06, 2010
Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including the forthcoming Growing Young (fall 2016), The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum.