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Front Door Generosity

For the most part church leaders tend to race between the two extremes of being silent on the money topic until there is financial pressure of some sorts then we can run towards fundraising mode. These practices reap a transactional giving culture of short-term gains. Most pastors desire to experience the long-term joy of a […]
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How to Maximize End of Year Giving for Your Church Part 1

As I write this, there are 53 shopping days til Christmas. There, I said it. 53 Days. This also means that there are less than 60 days until the new year. I say this not as a tribute to consumerism, but because if your church is not focused on your end-of-year giving plan, it is […]
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Breakthrough Financial Leadership

I have had the privilege of being the founding leader of two nonprofit organizations, one for-profit company, and the employee for several multi-million dollar organizations. I also run the finances for my family. As I have ebbed and flowed in these different financial environments I have recognized both the differences and similarities of how money […]
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10 Ideas that Unleash Year End Giving, Part 2

So the topic and opportunity for generosity will naturally occur in several different ways during the last few months of the year. (See Getting Year End Giving In Focus, Part 1.) Take the time to create a broader strategy that moves beyond a sequence of different giving moments to a full blown vision cast and […]
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Major Gifts For Your Ministry

Do you think you can spot a major donor off the street? Consider billionaire Sam Walton of the Walmart dynasty. He often wore faded jeans and boots, and drove a very old truck. Nothing about him, outwardly screamed “wealth”. The old adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” holds true with donors. Who […]
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3 Opportunities and A Challenge With The New Tax Law

Churches and charities continue to sift through the new tax law to discover how it affects them.  What are the opportunities and challenges particularly as it relates to charitable giving? The Opportunities The new tax law allows for donors to give up to 60% of their adjusted gross income.  For example, if they make $100,000, […]
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Getting Year End Giving in Focus, Part 1

As we approach the end of the year, I will be frequently asked about year end giving. The bottom line request will be, how can I best capitalize on the opportunity to increase giving? Many churches will feel the pressure of budget donations, which have lagged behind expenses all year presenting the pressure to catch […]
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Growing A Generous Team

I want you to give some thought to what it would be like to be a part of a generous church, led by a generous staff, overflowing with generous people. Let’s work this in reverse so you can get a clear picture of the dream. While generous people can be described in many ways, I […]
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