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Research Showing Donor Supported BAM Companies have Less Ministry Impact

A recently concluded two-year study by Steve Rundle has found that BAM practitioners who are fully donor-supported are significantly less effective in producing “holistic transformation” than their self-supported peers. 

To operationalize the concept of “holistic transformation,” the survey used the “quadruple bottom line” language that is common in BAM circles. The study finds that by any measure – including the spiritual bottom line – self-supported BAM businesses significantly outperform donor-supported BAM businesses.

The conclusion is that economic incentives matter. Contrary to the mission community’s concern that donor support is required to keep one’s focus on the ministry goals, the truth is that only by creating a successful business can a practitioner hope to have a meaningful and holistic impact on a community. More information about this still unpublished study will be provided here when it becomes available. 

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posted by Justin Forman | 10.15.2012 - 5:55 AM

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