St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians
Is St Paul really just keeping his field fundraisers on their toes? Or is there more to it than that? Readers with a historical perspective to add should contact SOFII
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St Paul’s letter to his followers in Corinth predates Eihei Dogen’s early fundraising letter by nearly 1,200 years. But to be honest this isn’t so much a fundraising letter as a letter that mentions fund collection. It may be the earliest example of a director of fundraising writing to his fundraisers in the field complaining about their failures and exhorting them to try harder to reach their targets.
So, we think it deserves a place on SOFII. But...can you find some even earlier examples? Or anything else from fundraising’s colourful past?
Medium of communication:Door-drops and householders.
Type of charity:Religion related.
Target audience:Individuals, single gift.
St Paul (Saul of Tarsus as was)
Name of exhibitor:Homeless/ Maxine Delahunty
Date of first appearance:unknown.
To make sure fundraising targets would be met by St Paul’s field fundraising force
The New Testament
Historically this exhibit is important because it is really early, one of the first ever documented references to fundraising. There are earlier exhibits on SOFII, see here and here. St Paul though was perhaps the first ever career fundraiser. He has (so far) two exhibits on SOFII, the second can be found here.