Episode 85: Best-in-Class Generosity Research Revelations

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Rob Dupree and Michael Baker are joined by David King, the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving as well as Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies within the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. During their conversation they discuss what statistics say about giving in 2020.

Best Quotes

“Religious giving continues to be by-far the largest sector within the charitable giving landscape.”

“Many of the stalwart givers in your congregation may be giving not only to your congregation but to a variety of other nonprofits.”

“We found that about 41% of congregations experienced a decline in their giving, but that means 59% were sustaining their giving or even 21% were actually growing.”

“The sharpening of vision has been one great outcome of the pandemic we are facing.”

“I wouldn’t be shy about being clear with your community about why you are a great place for them to invest on mission together.”

“Make a clear ask of individuals, but I would do it in a very contextualized way.”

“People who are committed to giving to their congregation are not going to cut that out of their budget until they have to.”

“In our survey, over 30% of congregations were supporting other congregations or nonprofits as new gifts during this season of the pandemic.”

David P. King is the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving as well as Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies within the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He is a graduate of Samford University and Duke Divinity School. His Ph.D. in Religion is from Emory University.  Having served local churches and national faith-based organizations, he is also fueled by facilitating conversations with faith leaders, donors, and fundraisers (of all generations) around the intersections of faith and giving. Trained as an American religious historian, his research interests include investigating how the religious identity of faith-based nonprofits shapes their motivations, rhetoric, and practice.

Recommended Resources

Generosity by LifeWay

Church Giving and Stewardship Facebook Group

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