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Writing Last Checks: Broken and Obedient Hearts

2 months ago By Jessica Winter

“I feel more than a sadness. Honestly, I am even angry. But what can we even do?” My husband and I have been having a lot of discussion lately about what generosity looks like for our marriage. And the more we have dug in, the more God seems to break our hearts. Our vision statement is still in the works, but it sounds something like being invisible champions for the unseen, the forgotten. The tension we feel between big vision but also the great sorrow puts us in an uncomfortable position. We know the truth—our generosity is not the type…

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5 Impactful Practices to Include in Your Generosity Journey.

3 months ago By The Signatry

Tidings of Summer & Joy is in full swing, and the countdown to Christmas is on! An exciting part of Christmas each year is finding the perfect gift for the people we love and care about most. What if we put the same amount of energy and thoughtfulness into our generosity and charitable giving?  How can our gifts have the most impact and meaning? Here are five practices to help along in your generosity journey: Stretch your giving. Trust God. We are not called to give only when it is comfortable—after all, that’s not what Jesus did for us! As Paul…

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Ministry

Going Beyond Cash: The New Era in Fundraising

3 months ago By Kristin Hammett

As a ministry, an obvious part of your role is to raise funds. What you may not know is the variety of options that donors have to give from! There are two options offered by The Signatry which may be helpful to you and your donors. They are a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) and a Charity/Designated Fund. A DAF enables donors to make occasional gifts to a fund, and then to recommend grants from that fund to the organizations of their choice throughout the year. It is similar to a family setting up a private foundation, but with much less…

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Donor Advised Fund or Private Foundation?

3 months ago By Joe Williams

Two of the most popular charitable vehicles are donor advised funds and private foundations, but which is best to use in your generosity journey?  That depends. Nearly $70 billion in grants to charity came through private foundations and donor advised funds (DAFs) in 2017. Understanding the differences between these two vehicles is crucial in deciding which is most appropriate for you and your family’s giving. Here are eight key comparisons to consider: Start-Up Cost: DAFs: Can be established immediately at a low or no cost. Most sponsors require an initial minimum contribution of $5,000 or more, but you can open…

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Family

The Signatry Celebrates Nineteen Years

3 months ago By Bill High

Can you believe it’s 19 years? Nineteen years ago, I resigned from the law firm to be part of starting what was then called the Servant Foundation.  On June 1, 2000, my first day on the job consisted of going downstairs to my basement office, clicking on my desktop computer and preparing articles of incorporation, bylaws and an application for tax-exempt status.  While it wasn’t glamorous, it was a start. Not too long after, I found myself out on the streets, talking to as many people as I could about this movement of generosity.  Just a few years later, my…

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Family

Challenge the Status Quo of Year End Giving

4 months ago By The Signatry

Christmas: It’s a wonderful time of year, full of generosity, celebration, and family. People gather together, eager to celebrate the birth of Jesus through—in part—the giving of gifts to one another. Children, especially, wait expectantly for weeks to see what the packages under the tree hold. It’s a beautiful season. But why should our generosity, celebration, and family spirit be limited to a small section of the year? What if we had those same attitudes throughout the year? On June 13th, we will be introducing Tidings of Summer & Joy, to help each of us carry the joy of Christmas…

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Ministry

Creating a Ministry Marketing Strategy

4 months ago By Kristin Hammett

How you present and represent your ministry matters. Hopefully, this is an obvious truth, one which you and your team are already aware of. In case you haven’t given it so much thought, here are a few essential elements to help you build a stronger, more robust marketing plan. Messaging Messaging is the content that is being shared through whichever channel you choose. Ministries often find themselves trying to walk a delicate balance between praising God for what He is doing on and inward-focused self-promotion. This balance will take constant monitoring and thought! A strong mission statement can help balance…

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Using Your Donor Advised Fund for Disaster Relief Efforts

4 months ago By The Signatry

Every year natural disasters affect thousands of people, from devastating storms and tornadoes to wildfires and earthquakes. Victims are often left in need of shelter, food, clean water, electricity, and medical care in addition to the months of clean-up and years it takes to rebuild a devastated community.  You can use the money in your donor advised fund to support disaster relief organizations such as Convoy of Hope, Samaritan’s Purse, American Red Cross, and many others who are constantly at the forefront of disaster relief efforts. These groups assist with immediate needs like food, water, shelter, and many other necessities…

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Family

Give According to Your Values

4 months ago By The Signatry

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…

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