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A Believer’s Call to Solve World Problems

2 days ago By The Signatry

When it comes to solving the world’s biggest problems, Christians should be leading the charge. Whether it is fighting human trafficking, providing access to clean water, or helping those in our communities affected by COVID-19, our mission to be the hands and feet of Jesus remains the same.  Understanding what the Bible says about our role in solving world problems, as believers, frees us to live on mission and share the hope of Christ with a world in need. Here is a look at what the Bible says about solving world problems. What is our calling? Genesis 1:28 teaches us…

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Ministry

How Do You Measure Your Ministry’s Impact?

1 week ago By Kristin Hammett

Donors and stakeholders of any organization want to know their investment is reaping a harvest. In order to demonstrate success, your ministry must use a variety of metrics to show its impact. With so many different key performance indications (KPIs) available to you, what is the best way to communicate the impact of your ministry to stakeholders? Here is my recommendation: begin at the end. One year from now, what story do you want to tell? If you are writing your annual report, or you are on the phone with a major donor, what numbers indicate results? Be sure you…

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Family

Radical Generosity in Times of Uncertainty

2 weeks ago By The Signatry

In this unprecedented season, our mission and call to live generously have never been stronger. The effects of the coronavirus continue to dominate the news cycle. Businesses and schools are shutting down for the foreseeable future, and many are choosing to practice social distancing to help limit the spread of the virus. This is not just a “season.” We are in the midst of a battle. As believers, this is not the time to shrink back. No, it is a call to arms, a beckoning to join the fight.  Our response should be ground shaking, revolutionary generosity in times of…

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Advisor

3 Common Questions on Business Interest Gifts

3 weeks ago By Evan Lange

Whenever I speak or write about business sales and giving business interest gifts, I always emphasize the importance of giving BEFORE the sale of the business. Every year, I will receive a call from an advisor, attorney, or accountant saying, “My client is selling a business next week (or some other shorter time period). Can we still do a gift before the sale?” It happens often! In an attempt to answer this question, here are three quick pointers you should know: 1. Why is it important to gift business interest before a sale? By giving business interest to a donor…

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Story

Writing Last Checks: Four Ways to Fight Human Trafficking

4 weeks ago By Annika Bergen

Houston, Texas, 2017. Super Bowl week. Dozens of women walked up and down the city’s notorious prostitution track. And they kept coming. A man pulled up in a white SUV, and three teenage girls piled out of the backseat. I was there for a human trafficking outreach with Exodus Cry, so after the car drove away, my team greeted them and asked where they were from. “I’m from Memphis.” “I’m from Chattanooga.” “They brought us in for the Super Bowl.” Other women on the street had similar stories. “I’m from Chicago.” “They’re taking me to Vegas after this.” Over the…

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Ministry

Four Keys to a Development Culture

1 month ago By Kristin Hammett

Over the past month, I have had several interactions with many service providers – a contractor, a design firm, two hospitals, several physician offices, a specialty retailer, and the list goes on. Suffice it to say, it has been a busy month. Almost immediately, after interacting with one of these businesses, I get a feel for its culture. I can sense whether they value teamwork, communication, and coordination, or if there is a bit of a siloed mentality, departmentalized thinking, and less fluid communication. These elements of culture have a way of overflowing into all aspects of business. What does…

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Giving Circles and the Gift of Giving

1 month ago By The Signatry

“Phil had a gift for giving,” recounts Susan Patton of her high school sweetheart and husband of 30 years. Susan had what she calls “traditional roles” in the family, and Phil handled all the finances, including the family giving. Phil had started practicing generosity from a young age, and he loved the opportunity to show God’s love through blessing others. “He would often ask my opinion about supporting one organization or another, but I would usually just agree with him because my heart was not yet drawn towards generosity the way Phil’s was,” Susan explains. To better orchestrate the family’s…

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Advisor

Three Ways 2020 Could Impact Estate Planning

2 months ago By Ben Bell

Now is the time to review estate plans for 2020. The beginning of the year is a time when many people have a resolution to evaluate, reevaluate, or plan their estate for the first time. With the turn of the calendar below are a few items of note which can affect planning an estate in 2020. Here are three things to consider as you engage with clients in this important conversation. 1. SECURE Act Effective January 1, 2020, the SECURE Act changes the age of required minimum distributions (RMDs) to age 72 and, in effect, eliminates the “Stretch-IRA” strategy for…

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Family

Building Your Legacy through Estate Planning

2 months ago By The Signatry

The beginning of the year is a time when many people begin thinking about estate planning. While it is crucial to have the necessary documents (i.e., wills, trusts, etc.) in place, estate planning provides an excellent opportunity to build upon a lasting legacy. Leaving a legacy is more than passing down material possessions; it is the opportunity to pen living documents that create something more beyond our earthly lives. In his book, The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn says, “You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.” Your estate plan is a key opportunity to make…

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