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Give According to Your Values
Why is it important to give according to your values? There are millions of nonprofit organizations in the world, and they would all love to be the beneficiary of your donation. Choosing to give to an organization which values the same principles as you and your family gives you the peace of mind that your gift is furthering the causes you care about most. Choosing where to give is a big question with potential long-reaching and even eternal impact! Here are some suggested questions to consider as you formulate a values statement for your financial giving: 1. If you could…Read More
3 Questions to Uncover Attitudes About Money
Determining a client’s view of money is helpful when creating a financial strategy. It will help determine where and what to invest. Here are three questions to help you uncover your clients’ attitude about money. What is your story? This broad question allows clients to open up about their experiences and enable you to discover their background, goals, and what they are priorities are. Not everyone will be willing to open up at first pass, but with engaged listening and interaction, this conversation can lead you to a deeper understanding of your clients’ core values. What are you passionate about?…Read More
3 Ways to Connect with Donors
In our increasingly fast-paced, high-demand culture, ministries find it more necessary and critical than ever to make as many connection points as possible with donors. This development should not be focused merely on stewarding financial resources – it is also a way to steward and build genuine relationships. Here are a few key ideas to keep in mind for your supporter engagement plan! Be Human: The more personal touch you can give to your donor correspondence, the better! Commit to calling faithful supporters to see how they are doing and deliver a personal thank you. They will appreciate the time…Read More
The Simplicity of A Donor Advised Fund
Someone who has never opened or used a donor advised fund (DAF) may wonder whether it is similar to opening and using a bank or brokerage account. Having done both multiple times, opening and using a DAF at The Signatry is much simpler than opening and using accounts at other types of financial institutions. Opening a donor advised fund at The Signatry only takes minutes and can be done online. No money is required to open a DAF initially, but when the donor is ready to fund their DAF, there are a variety of options available, including eCheck, credit card,…Read More
The Easter Legacy: The Gifts of Calvary’s Road
Some call it Calvary’s road. And no doubt, we’ll sing songs about it on this Easter Sunday. They’ll be triumphant songs, powerful songs. As I read the scriptures, I cannot help but think of the reality of Calvary’s road: A common criminal was released instead of Jesus.A weak politician, seeking to gain favor, symbolically washed his hands of the false charges, and then he scourged Jesus. A scourging alone could kill a man. He was lead away to the governor’s palace to an entire battalion of soldiers. They stripped Him of his clothes—the cloth tearing at his flesh. They replaced…Read More
The Uncertain Future of Giving
What do you think of the future of charitable giving? The July 2018 Chronicle of Philanthropy reported on the Giving USA annual report for 2017. There, they noted the rise to $410 billion of charitable giving. But their headline speaks of the doubt behind those numbers: Giving Grows for the Fourth Straight Year, but is the Future of Philanthropy Bright? While there is much to celebrate, the Chronicle notes: “…the data reveals some worrying trends.” The article itself didn’t go out of its way to point out those trends in a dramatic way. But here’s the point. Giving by individuals grew modestly. Giving by individuals grew just 3% and bequests by only 1%. To draw out the point, the decline in giving by the War Generations is a reality. At one point, those generations were the backbone of giving, and while the Boomer Generation appears to be following with a similar giving pattern, subsequent generations don’t seem to hold the same promise. The Millennials, for instance, are the least churched generation our country has had. Typically, church attendance is the biggest single predictor of giving. Many of these points were drawn out in Charity Shock: Ten Critical Trends Revolutionizing the Fundraising Industry (2018). Layer on tax law changes, economic and market uncertainty and global trade wars and the situation is ripe for a significant giving downturn. The Chronicle aptly notes: “Pursuing wealthy donors is a matter of survival in a time when fewer people are giving. And big donations seem to be driving growth at many nonprofits…” Additionally, the Chronicle notes “Charities should get serious about seeking planned gifts, given that a huge transfer of wealth is projected over the next decade.” Stated differently, I believe we’ll see a decline of the middle market giver. The middle market giver has often made up the backbone of the budget for many nonprofits. On the other hand, there will be an increasing reliance on the major donor and upon planned gifts. For those ministries who don’t play well in those spaces, they may well face serious declines.Read More