Counsel & Capital Releases Seven Tips And Annual Report Contest

Counsel & Capital announces an email series of tips to help Christian ministries improve the effectiveness of their annual reports. The series is part of Counsel & Capital’s 2018 Annual Report Prize.

The Annual Report Prize is awarded in three categories:

$12,500 for the most compelling CEO letter in an annual report

$12,500 for the most effective ministry focus in an annual report

$50,000 for the best annual report overall.

Counsel & Capital ( was founded in 1998 as a nonprofit “investment bank” serving donors and Christian ministries pursuing biblical priorities. All services are free of charge.

Counsel & Capital (“C&C”) launched the Annual Report Prize in 2016 because C&C leaders are convinced that effective annual reports are the key to building confidence with donors.

The 2017 Annual Report Prize Winners were:

Hope’s Promise, $50,000 for Best Annual Report.

Seed Company, $12,500 for best CEO letter

Logosdor, $12,500 for most effective ministry focus

The panel of judges for the 2017 Annual Report Prize included:

Dan Busby (President of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability)

Leonard Crowley (founder of Forgiven Communities and longtime friend of Counsel & Capital)

Tami Heim (President /CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance

Craig Johnson (principal of Fiduciary Council, Inc. and longtime friend of Counsel & Capital)

Dee Martz (licensed professional counselor and longtime friend of Counsel & Capital)

Parker Samelson (Vice President of Counsel & Capital)

The new series of tips for Improving Your Annual Report, is designed to aid Christian ministry leaders who want to inspire deeper connections with new and existing donors.

Counsel & Capital’s Jeannie Cox said,

Counsel & Capital strongly believes that the single most important opportunity for ministries is to build a bridge of confidence with major donors. Likewise, we believe the single most powerful and effective way to do this is to produce the right kind of annual report. Most ministries do not produce an annual report and those that do rarely connect with their audience in a meaningful way.

The 2018 Annual Report Prize is for reports on the fiscal year ending between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2018. Prizes will be awarded on or before November 21, 2018.

Ministries may sign up for the seven How to Improve Your Annual Report emails at

Applications may be submitted any time up the deadline, October 1, 2018 at


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