Giving

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]

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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]

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Truths about Tithers

Results of the 2013 State of the Plate research are in, and they focus on the survey responses of 4,413 tithers. By watching this webinar recording, you’ll learn suprising insights from generosity expert Pastor Brian Kluth about why and how they give. [read more]

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Charitable Giving Up…and Down…in 2012

Here’s another reminder of our recovering economy. Giving USA reported that donations from individuals increased 4% in 2012. Religious nonprofits received 32% of all donations to nonprofits. However, not all appears rosy. For example, when adjusted for inflation, giving only increased 1.5%, and overall giving to religious nonprofits was down 2%. And giving still hasn’t come back to 2007 levels. While the stock market has recovered, it appears the psychology of giving among all Americans has not. Donors are still not confident in their financial affairs, leading... [read more]

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Giving Practices of Tithers May Surprise You

Each year Pastor Brian Kluth of Maximum Generosity partners with organizations like ECCU to research the giving practices of Christians. Results of his 2013 State of the Plate research are in, and they focus on tithers—the people who give 10 percent or more... [read more]

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Are Evangelicals More Likely to Donate More Than Others?

According to a new survey published by the Barna Group, 79% of evangelicals have donated money in the past year, compared to 53% of born again non –evangelicals. Of those evangelicals who give, 66% give to their churches and 28% give to other non-profit... [read more]

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