Hi there! I hope that you are all well.
We were in the middle of discussing the 10 reasons why members may leave your synagogue. Reason #3 was that members get turned off when they’re constantly asked for more money. There are two truths here: 1) Synagogue’s need more money, 2) Members hate being asked over and over. These evident truths present a challenge for even the healthiest of synagogue’s. There are solutions to such a dilemma. Firstly, I would set up a sturctured and scheduled system that helps you ascertain how frequent you ask, who you ask, and when you ask. This will help you get a better idea as to when to lay off of some people, and try a bit more with others. Secondly, if you need to ask frequently, I would do it in a more modest way. Constantly making announcements about the financial needs of the shul turn the focus off or Torah and Tefilah and make the discussion one of money.
In closing, I refer you to a new book on developing a congregation of givers, it’s called “Maximize”. This informative book is written by Nelson Searcy. Check out his suggestions for solving our pickle.