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Ministry & The Marketplace

1 week ago By The Signatry

Ministry & The Marketplace  I’ve been inspired and challenged by the positive role models I’ve studied in the Bible. Jesus is clearly our most inspiring and challenging exemplar, but many others also stand before us. I’ll nominate the Apostle Paul for inclusion in this group. He was a giant among the early church leaders, a brilliant theologian, church-planter and… tent-maker. He voluntarily chose to stay in the marketplace to support himself so he would not be a financial burden to the young church:  “We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying…

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When God’s work and God’s resources collide

2 weeks ago By The Signatry

We are honored to announce Kristin Hammett as our Director of Ministry Services. Kristin brings a wealth of development experience and a heart for the Kingdom. Get to know her more here in her story. Make sure to sign up for The Signatry ministry emails to hear more updates from Kristin. —- My own generosity journey began long before I entered into the nonprofit world. My husband, Mark, and I were newlyweds, and our church did a capital campaign. This was the first test of our unity in giving. We each prayed about an amount. Honestly, I forgot to pray,…

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Debunking 3 Myths on Legacy

3 days ago By Bill High

Legacy.  It’s a word that holds value. But I’m afraid we’ve let the word take on meaning that doesn’t represent its true state.  Here are 3 myths we need to overcome: Legacy is for the rich. Historically when we think of legacy, we tend to think of it as the amount of money we’ll leave to heirs.  Money is the easiest kind of legacy to leave but generally it is the least valuable.  To the contrary, it’s the richness of values and virtue that make a legacy powerful. Legacy is for the famous. Just because you are not in the…

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Generosity Live: Joe Williams

3 weeks ago By The Signatry

As The Signatry, generosity is personal for our staff. We intentionally choose to live out this call God has placed on each of our lives. How we live generously takes many different shapes, so through the year, we want to share stories from our work that may help spark your own ideas! — In August, Joe Williams, President of The Signatry Plains region, based out of Oklahoma City, had the opportunity to lead a team from his church to Uganda where they led two Christian conferences for over 2,500 women. The days were full of lively worship, teaching, and service…

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Start the conversation- investing with the next generation

1 month ago By The Signatry

The following blog is by guest author Peter Roselle, the NYC Director for Archetype Wealth Partners, a leading Wealth Advisory firm specializing in family legacy planning and advanced charitable giving strategies. Peter is a published author on the topic of Sustainable Investing and a thought-leader in the growing field of portfolio values-alignment. Visit Archetype’s website at https://archetypewealth.com/story/. The Signatry follows this practice of portfolio-values alignment by providing biblically responsible investment pools, which allow donors to invest their funds into pools that have been screened to remove organizations that conflict with Christian values. Learn more about our investment pools at thesignatry.com/investments…

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Ministry

What’s Your Why?

1 month ago By Bill High

The following article is excerpted from Charity Shock: Ten Critical Trends Revolutionizing the Fundraising World by Bill High.   I was at a lunch recently with a friend. He asked me about all the different ventures I was involved in. I drew a few of them out on paper. Finally, at one point, he leaned in and asked the question—really the key question—“Why are you doing this? Is it to make money? Is it just a good idea? Why?” Without hesitation, I remarked, “I’m doing this because I believe we’ll impact families around the country and for generations to come.”…

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“Dear 20 year old Me, I have some advice.”

1 month ago By Bill High

I was talking to my nearly 40 year old friend. I knew some of her story. Some of her teen years and her 20s were filled with tumult. So I asked her, “What advice now would you give your 20 year old self?” She paused, and she laughed. I suspect she pictured herself at 20 – full of vigor and brashness. Her words surprised me. “Be patient and be gracious.”  At 20, she admitted that maybe she wanted too much, too soon. Too young. Too headstrong. A little dose of patience would have served her well. Alas, how much we…

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4 Ways to Handle Generations in Family Businesses

2 months ago By Bill High

You’ve heard this story. Mom and Dad start a business. After a lot of years of hard work, the business grows to be a successful endeavor. Mom and Dad love their four children and give each of them equal shares in the company. But two of them don’t work in the business. Of the two who work in the business, one clearly has her arms around the business and is responsible for driving its growth. Her brother “runs” marketing but spends most of his time on the golf course. Mom and Dad spend most of their time traveling. The business,…

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Family

The Folly of Castles

2 months ago By Bill High

I had an opportunity to travel to Ireland recently. It was one of those once in a lifetime trips.  I’d always wanted to go.  I’d heard the stories of the breathtaking views, the rocky shorelines, and the lush green fields.  And the castles. To be honest, it was the castles that most intrigued me.  I’d never really had the chance to see anything quite like them.  Some of the castles were so old not much remained other than a few moss-covered walls and imagination of what they’d once been.  Some, of more recent vintage, spoke of a time of luxury…

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