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3 Questions to Go From Transaction to Transformation

6 days ago By The Signatry

We all know the lessons on the great joys of generosity, but often the monotony can overtake as we drift to the routine of transaction and dollar amounts. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, we have to find balance in order to keep the vision in front of us. Transformational generosity does not get rid of transaction; rather it shifts our hearts back to where God has called us. It is about values first, and the transaction is just part of the act. So how do you reinvigorate your generosity with the transformational approach? Use these 3 questions…

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Advisor

Navigating Family Wealth: Unlocking Potential Through Legacy and Generosity

2 weeks ago By Wendy Rogers

My grandfather started a feed and seed business in 1935 in rural South Georgia, out of a desire to help save or protect the crops of his friends and neighbors. Over the course of the next 70 years, the family business grew into one of the largest off patent crop protection chemical companies in the world. When our family made the decision to sell the family business to a Fortune 50 company, we found ourselves in the business of strategic wealth management and generational wealth transfer. We began to focus on preservation and growth of not only financial assets but…

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Family

Why Your Purpose Matters: Lessons for Women

3 weeks ago By The Signatry

What makes art unique? How is it that a piece of workmanship from an artist is able to inspire,  provoke curiosity, unlock emotions, or even cause us to take action? For example, seeing a painting of a place once visited may inspire someone to return to that destination, while a photograph or monument created to remember and commemorate the past may convey a motivating message for the future. Art is unique in that it has the power to move people, often times, activating a response. Did you know that God is an artist and that Christians are His personal workmanship?…

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Ministry

Flip the Script: Year-End Planning

4 weeks ago By Kristin Hammett

Year-end giving is upon us. Okay, at least the planning part is. If you do not have a year-end giving plan yet, my advice is to get one. If you do, my advice is to adjust it. In the normal cycle of social media, mail, email, meetings, phone calls, and website strategy, the dynamics of 2020 give a reason for pause. This year will not be so much about the combination of communication channels you choose, but how you position yourself and what message you share. A lot has happened in 2020. Adjust what and how you communicate with your…

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Family

Trends in Next Generations’ Giving

1 month ago By The Signatry

As time moves steadily on, the generational demographics of the world are gradually shifting. Elders and Boomers are aging, and new generations are coming into their own. What does all of this mean for the future of generosity, in the hands of these next generations? For the purpose of this post, we are using the age ranges defined by Barna in a study last year: Elder – born before 1946 Boomer – born from 1946-1964 Gen X – born from 1965-1983 Millennial – born from 1984-1998 Gen Z – born from 1999-2015 We all know these generational age divisions manifest…

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Keys to Introducing Legacy Planning

1 month ago By Alan Pratt

As an advisor, what do you wish for your clients? Do you want them to be focused on the distribution of their assets when they die? Or would you rather see them live joyful, rich lives now? If you want to dig into that latter concept, you are in the right place! Conversations with clients can be so much more fulfilling—for them and for you—when you develop a legacy plan that includes them and their descendants. By helping your clients plan for their legacy, not merely for their estate, you can invite them into what will hopefully grow into an…

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Family

Now What? 3 Questions to Intentional Generosity

2 months ago By Jessica Winter

“So now what?” My husband and I started asking this question about our generosity this year, and it has led us down many new paths. We love the opportunities we have to live generously, but that itch of something more has been following us around recently. I started asking people about their experiences, and I heard so many interesting stories. One woman would simply divide up the requests and send out her checks at the end of the month. Another person told me about how they were committing 20% of their business profits for the rest of the year. A…

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Cause Over Dollars: The Giving Circle Impact

2 months ago By The Signatry

“We encourage women to partner together and experience the joy of giving by supporting Christian ministries in our community that serve those in need and proclaim the gospel.” – Debbie Ochs If you have not heard of a giving circle, here is a brief overview: A giving circle is simply a group of people who gather together to pool their financial resources and multiply the charitable effect they can have. There are many different ways to structure giving circles, and many tend to be led by women. One Hundred Roses, now in its second year, is one such giving circle…

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Ministry

4 Keys to Foster Major Donor Relationships

2 months ago By Kristin Hammett

I am a farm girl. Well, that may not be completely accurate. I grew up on a family farm in rural Missouri, where my dad and grandpa raised livestock and grew row crops – corn, soybeans, and wheat. My family jokes that I really am a city girl who was raised in the country. Nevertheless, I learned a few things about farming in my 18 years watching my dad work. I remember the day he bought a new field cultivator. He would pull it behind the tractor to prepare the soil for planting and sometimes use it after planting to kill the weeds. When I called my…

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