Meet Kevin Eastway

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Hi, I'm Kevin!

Leadership within your organization is complex and ever-changing. My greatest joy is empowering you as an adaptive leader to find joy and to build personal and organizational capacity as you tackle your most difficult problems. 

What if we could re-imagine the future and increase your capacity to serve and lead your teams? That would be life-giving!

Coming alongside folks like you as we co-create spaces of listening and learning in order to build healthy organizational ecosystems is an honor that I take seriously. I love to help leaders be curious, gain clarity, and steward their capacity to lead.

I have invested well over 20 years in growing nonprofit organizations - focused on leadership development, fundraising, strategic planning, campaign counsel, curriculum development, as well as coaching hundreds of people around the U.S. in innovative fundraising best practices. I love coming alongside people like you to help you realize your purpose and cultivate your potential.

I view my work with clients as a transformative partnership to discover creative solutions to address the real challenges you are facing today. I love these types of relationships and projects.

In my relationships with leaders, I seek to be a genuine and calming presence that walks alongside you as you build a clear pathway toward a vibrant future. The work of process consulting is personal and based on building trusting and collaborative relationships. 

Let's start a conversation to discover how I can support you and your organization.

Kevin's Expertise & Certifications

  • Executive Certification in Religious Fundraising, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
  • Doctor of Ministry, Practical Theology, Western Seminary, Holland Michigan

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Ways I Can Help You Grow
as a Leader and Organization:

Nonprofit Fundraising and Philanthropy

Building Financial Sustainability and Deepening Donor Relationships

A Process Approach to Nonprofit Fundraising and Development

Raising money can be challenging and stressful for leaders and organizations. With seemingly scarce resources and endless need, it feels daunting to build sustainable funding streams to fuel your mission. I can help you build an authentic fundraising movement that deepens donor relationships and capitalizes on the unique strengths of your organization. The process isn’t always easy and requires a willingness for you to face your fears about fundraising. In the end, you will gain a clearer vision for how authentic development efforts can transform your organization and generate the sustained resources to further your mission. For nonprofit organizations, fundraising and development are the lifeblood of ensuring sustainability of the mission for the future.

 

A process approach to walking alongside organizations includes:

  • Designing transformative Annual Fund plans
  • Feasibility Studies to measure donor readiness
  • Launching Comprehensive Campaigns
  • Deepening Donor Relationships

Are you ready to talk about increasing your financial sustainability?

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Strategic Visioning and Planning

Clarifying Your Purpose as a Leader and Organization

A Process Approach to Strategic Planning and Visioning

As a leader, you face the immense challenge of managing the many demands of running an organization with limited time and resources. This reality makes it difficult to work on long-term vision. I can help you and your organization gain renewed clarity of purpose through strategic visioning for the future. The process requires leaders to engage their constituents in new ways and be open to surprises and opportunities. In the end, leaders gain confidence in the direction and purpose of their work and what is required to move forward together.

 

A comprehensive and transformational strategic planning process includes the following: 

  • Creating Clear Vision for the Future
  • Assessing your Current Reality
  • Designing a Pathway Forward

Are you ready to begin clarifying your organizational vision?

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Leadership Coaching

Strengthening the Capacity of Leaders and their Organizations

A process approach to Leadership Coaching and Transitions

Leaders today face immense the immense challenges of complexity of organizational culture, decisions around prioritizing scarce resources, and navigating the loneliness and isolation of leadership. My greatest joy is walking alongside leaders through providing a ministry of presence, engaging in deep listening, asking powerful questions, and helping build an action and accountability process.

 

Types of Coaching I offer:

  • Leadership and Executive Coaching - Helping you Navigate Organizational Leadership, I work with C-Suite leaders to help them navigate their greatest challenges, the loneliness and isolation of leadership, and joy of serving inside an organizational system, and the tensions of decision-making.
  • Fundraising and Development Coaching - Helping Fundraising Professionals navigate shifting economic realities, design and implement impactful campaigns, deepen donor relationships at all levels, and lead with a good blend of humility and hopefulness.
  • Transition Coaching - Helping leaders start and end well in a new environment, supporting the onboarding of new leaders within an organizational system, deepening listening and learning skills to unleash curiosity, and clarifying goals in the midst of transition.

Are you ready to talk more about Leadership Coaching?

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Program Evaluation and Stakeholder Engagement

Deepening Relationships through Listening and Community Discovery

A Process Approach to Engaging Stakeholders and Discovery

Finding time as a leader today is challenging and often seems to be near impossible. When your time is scarce, the idea of slowing down and listening is stressful. I can help you pause in order to intentionally listen to your stakeholders through a process of discovery. The Discovery process will change your perspective, realign your time and resources, and deepen your relationships with your staff, board, supporters, and community. Listening requires an openness to learning alongside your stakeholders yet produces amazing insights and clarity that can propel your mission toward a vibrant future. The stakeholders of your organization, customers, donors, families, staff, board, or community leaders, are essential partners in advancing your mission.

 

Stakeholder Engagement and Discovery includes:

  • Comprehensive discovery process to assess organizational culture
  • Focus Group and Individual Engagement to gain perspectives
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research for intentional learning

Are you ready to talk about connecting deeper with your stakeholders?

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What Clients Say About Kevin

Eastway’s work follows in the footsteps of Henri Nouwen’s classic study, Spirituality of Fundraising, but it picks up where Nouwen leaves off. Nouwen is clear that fundraising is the opposite of begging; rather fundraising is proclaiming our mission and inviting others to participate in it. This is precisely where Kevin picks up in exploring what this relationship might look like. Through his own examples over decades of faith-based fundraising for personal support and programmatic funding, he is refreshingly honest about how he has grown in his own expertise and understanding around fundraising. And the key take-away is: "it’s about faithful friendship."

If you find yourself dreading or fearing the fundraising part of your ministry work, this book will provide you the confidence you need to approach your relationships with donors in a whole new way.

Kevin Eastway is on a transformational mission to recast fundraising from a secular framework to a spiritual one. “Fundraising is the opportunity to show the proof of our love to our supporters. Giving is good for the soil of our souls. The hope, as we invite people into the story of Jesus through the act of generosity, is that their lives will never be the same as a result of their giving.” Ultimately, I agree with Kevin that we must integrate the practice of fundraising with practical spirituality, thinking of supporters as human beings who long to be connected to God’s kingdom here on earth and invited into a community that is marked by love, joy, and purpose.

I believe many ministry staff will find this book to present a clear understanding and be an energizing source for performing the entirety of their ministry and fundraising duties as the dynamic and adventurous journey it is intended to be!

Kevin has given us all a gift with this book. If you are someone who struggles with fundraising as a part of your ministry or have been a long-standing professional who has lost your spark, Kevin’s spirit-led and practical wisdom will refresh your calling. His personal vulnerability and storytelling will feel like a breath of fresh air to renew your purpose as a fundraiser.

In Faithful Friendship, Dr. Eastway artfully removes the lenses of fundraising misconceptions to reveal a much bigger picture of ‘the mission’ and ‘the blessing’ God intended this discipline to be. The book shows Christ’s heart by gently coming alongside the reader while skillfully breaking down dangerous misconceptions that lead to missionary fatigue. Eastway’s heart for the struggle missionaries go through, along with his ability to show that fundraising can and should actually be life-giving, will reinvigorate the soul of the missionary.

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David P. King, Ph.D., Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
Lauren Cooper, Development & Communications Director @ St. Cecilia Music Center
Newt Crenshaw, President @ Young Life
David C. DeRoos, President and Owner @ Citygate Associates, LLC
Matt Visser, Senior Consultant @ Design Group International
Dave & Jackie Bos, Founders @ Bos Wine

Publications & Resources

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Faithful Friendship

Fundraising From the Heart

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The Path of Faithful Friendship

Fundraising Planner

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The Future - Reimagined
Blog
The (POP) Fundraising Lab-1
The (POP) Fundraising Lab
Introducing the Path of Plenty