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Welcome to Generosity Matters! My mission: to accelerate generosity in ministry. This is accomplished through Generosity Audits, ministry expansion projects, stewardship and annual giving initiatives, capital campaigns, non-profit fundraising and planned giving. Let's begin a conversation...

Could Your Ministry Use a Portion of $59,000,000,000,000?

Wealth TransferWe are now living in a time of the greatest transfer of wealth in history. 

As reported by CNBC, a new study from Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy projects heirs, charities, and taxes will receive $59 trillion between 2007 and 2061. (Yes, that’s trillion with a T!) This is up from a 1999 projection of $41 trillion. 

Charities in particular are forecast to receive more than $6 trillion of this wealth transfer, while total gifts to charity during this period are expected to be more than $27 trillion. 

Pastor, are you positioned for this? Is your church prepared to come alongside those who are likely forgetting your church in their estate plans? Are you encouraging your members to consider legacy giving? Read more »

Q&A with the Pushpay Mobile Giving Team

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"85% of people will abandon a transaction if it takes longer than 30 seconds,” according to research provided by Pushpay, the developers of a smartphone app that makes it possible to give in under 10 seconds. 

Does it take longer than 30 seconds to make a gift on your current mobile giving system? Are you required to sign in before you can give? Do you have multiple web pages to navigate before a gift can be made? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this blog post is for you! Refresh your cup of coffee and read on...

I was able to have some Q&A time with one of the directors at Pushpay recently. Pushpay provides a secure, quick, and easy mobile giving solution to churches across the country, and I am excited to share his insights with you here:

Q: We talk quite a bit about accelerating generosity on my blog. How can a service like Pushpay encourage generosity within the church? Read more »

How to Implement a Legacy Giving Strategy

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In this series on legacy generosity I have shared with you a top ten list, a $1.5M story, my family’s own personal legacy giving journey, the language of legacy giving, and reasons for giving a legacy gift. Let’s wrap up this series with something practical, shall we? Let’s talk about actually implementing a legacy giving strategy! Read more »

Legacy Giving - Is It About Tax Avoidance or Eternal Values?


Bible StudyAs we have been discussing for the last several weeks now, legacy giving can have an amazing impact on your ministry.

There are many reasons for someone to consider giving a legacy gift from an institutional perspective, according to my friends at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP):

  • It may provide an opportunity to give with income and estate tax deduction.
  • Some may provide the opportunity to enjoy either a fixed or variable income.
  • Some may provide the opportunity to supplement retirement income.
  • If highly appreciated assets are contributed, it may avoid or lessen capital-gains tax liabilities.
  • It may offer opportunity for increased income compared to other investments.
  • It may allow competent management of assets transferred as gifts.
  • It may allow donor to pass an asset to an heir after an established period of organizational use.

And, of course, there are benefits to you as the recipient: Read more »

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