A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
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...
I am amazed at the number of churches who do not implement a stunningly simple and extremely effective step to accelerate generosity at the end of the calendar year. Time and time again, through my work conducting a Generosity Audit with the church, I discover the lack of frequency with which the church distributes giving statements. Most of the time, only one is sent per year, and that just to satisfy the IRS. It usually contains a ‘statement’, with nothing else in the envelope, mailed in January.
Here’s what I recommend you start doing, immediately! Read more »
Enacted in 2006, the IRA Charitable Rollover allows people 70 ½ or older to donate up to $100,000 of their IRA assets to a charitable organization. It is still possible to make charitable contributions from your IRA, but the opportunity is set to expire December 31, 2013 unless the government acts to extend it - which is unlikely. The provision originally expired at the beginning of 2010, but was reinstated as part of the 2010 Tax Act. It was also set to expire each year since, but Congress has reinstated it every year, usually at the last minute.
This year however, it appears unlikely the provision will be reinstated for 2014. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said recently that this year there will be no ‘extenders’ and each tax break will be considered on a case-by-case basis as part of overall tax reform.
It is important for those leading churches and other non-profit organizations to distribute information regarding the possible change to their members and constituents quickly, as contributions from IRA’s must be received by December 31 in order to qualify.
Here are the details that you need to share with those who are in the qualifying age bracket: Read more »
It has been an amazing few months in my ministry with Generis. God has allowed me to witness several magnificently extravagant gifts as part of accelerated giving initiatives where I've been blessed to participate as consultant and partner to my church clients. I've seen individuals and families make commitments of $500,000, $1,000,000, $1,500,000, $2,000,000 and $3,000,000! It is amazing to see God move in the hearts of those He has blessed financially to make huge differences in Kingdom initiatives for church ministry, local outreach and national and international missions efforts. And yet I am reminded that as large as those gifts are, in God's eyes, there are likely even larger gifts given by some in the church that are at the lowest end of the economic spectrum. For God doesn't measure the gift by the $ sign or the number of zeroes that follow it...God measures the gift by what it means to the giver. (Read Luke 21:1-4) Read more »
Convenient. Fast. Innovative. Google “church giving kiosks” and you’ll find those adjectives in abundant supply on manufacturer websites . . . along with promises of marked increases in financial giving, an upsurge in event registrations, and a unicorn with your church’s logo hand-stitched on its saddle. (Okay, maybe not that one. But the claims can feel slightly far-fetched.)
“So?” you’d be right to ask your favorite generosity consultant. “Should we hire one of those companies and get the things installed? I mean, the unicorn sounds amazing!”
Well . . . No. You shouldn’t. While it’s true that many churches have experienced an uptick in generosity after installing giving kiosks in their buildings, it’s important to realize that those results have very little to do with the machine itself. Rather, I suspect generosity has trended up in those environments simply because their folks have another option to give. In other words: Yes, it’s a great idea to have a giving solution in your building for those folks who’ve forgotten their checkbooks or don’t carry cash . . . but it’s not necessary to pay thousands of dollars to make it happen. Read more »