Giving

Planned Giving: The Opportunity Cost of Doing Nothing

For the purposes of this white paper, the alternative action is doing nothing! Most charities simply do nothing when it comes to planned giving. On average, Americans have approximately 9 percent of their net worth in cash and 91 percent in assets. Yet, nonprofits... [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters

Stewarding All of God's Blessings

Stewardship is an ever changing aspect of the Christian way of life. Consider Jesus’ admonition to the rich man: “Go, sell everything you have and…follow me” (Mark 10:21). Contrast this with the apologetics of the 1970s and 80s that consumed many Christian leaders and... [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters

Which age group donates the most?

Probably not surprising, but according to a study by Blackbaud, baby boomers and their parents accounted for 70% of total giving in the U.S. last year. Boomers on average supported 4.5 charities with annual giving of $1,212, which represented 43% of total U.S. giving. By comparison, boomers’ parents (Matures age 68 ) on average... [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters

Funding Your Vision by Teaching Generosity

Teaching generosity changes everything, but most ministries need new ways to do it. By watching this webinar recording, you’ll learn practical, biblical, and proven ideas for creating a culture of generosity and growing godly givers from generosity expert Pastor Brian Kluth. [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters

Planned Giving: A Way to Serve Your Donors

Any conversation about funding your ministry’s vision will naturally focus on the best ways to meet the ministry’s financial needs. But according to Greg Ring, co-founder of Fulcrum Philanthropy Systems, one funding option—planned giving—is also a way to serve your donors. To better understand how, I asked Greg a few questions. Jac: I’ve heard you talk about the idea of “donor fatigue.” What is it and how... [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters

Can generosity be taught?

It’s a commonly quoted adage that some things are better caught than taught. But when it comes to generosity, is it true? The 2013 State of the Plate research provides some answers. I asked Pastor Brian Kluth, founder of Maximum Generosity and publisher of the research, what it reveals. Jac: Some say generosity is caught, others say that it can be taught. Does the State of the Plate research provide any insights about which view is true? Brian: An amazing 92% of tithers (Christians who give 10%... [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters