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Advent and Living with Expectations

2 months ago By Bill High

How does your family observe Advent? For many, they use an advent calendar filled with scripture, treats, or small heirlooms to countdown to Christmas. Others observe Advent by fasting. However, as you observe Advent, the primary theme is the same, the anticipation of celebrating Christmas. The typical Advent is twenty-four days long, but imagine waiting four hundred years to celebrate the birth of Christ. That is how long the Israelites waited for the coming of the Messiah. In Luke 2, it is Simeon who was waiting, expectantly, to see the Savior. If you recall, Mary and Joseph took baby Jesus…

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Family

The Gift of Celebration

2 months ago By The Signatry

With this wonderful season of joy, generosity, family, and celebration, now is the opportunity to weave lasting wisdom and values into your family gatherings. One of the simplest ways to begin is the practice of family celebration. By celebrating and reflecting on the past year, you have the opportunity to impart wisdom, reinforce the values you want to continue, and rejoice in all God is doing in your family. Use these three practices to guide you as you celebrate together. Reminisce Together Great families remember. Enduring families look back. Looking back produces gratitude. Every single family has gone through seasons…

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Advisor

Generosity in the Story of Christmas

3 months ago By Evan Lange

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the joy and cheer, sweet treats, and the wonder in my children’s eyes when they come down the stairs on Christmas morning. But the thing I love most is the Christmas story! In Chip Ingram’s book, Genius of Generosity, he gives a beautiful picture of how true generosity is demonstrated in the Christmas story. To better explain this, let’s look at the six types of gifts given in the Christmas story. Gift of Treasure – The Wise Men As the leading astrologers of their time, the Magi studied the stars and…

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Ministry

Finish Strong

3 months ago By Kristin Hammett

We have just celebrated Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday takes place in just a few days, and Christmas and New Years are right around the corner. This is a busy time of year. In addition to the holiday celebrations, I know you are hard at work engaging with donors and making those last few touchpoints. As you wrap up your year-end efforts, I want to offer you some encouragement. Do not grow weary in doing good. This is a critical time of year for your ministry but also a beautiful time to truly minister to donors and invite them into God’s call.…

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Family

Thanksgiving is a choice

3 months ago By Steve French

I love Thanksgiving, gathering together with family and friends, reflecting on God’s faithfulness, and of course, pumpkin pie. Often times, however, when celebration becomes tradition, the true meaning and even the celebration can get lost in the ritual. As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the upcoming week, I think it is important to take a look back at the history and origin of Thanksgiving in America. The first Thanksgiving celebration was held in Massachusetts sometime in December 1621 during the Pilgrims’ second winter in America. The first winter had claimed the lives of 44 out of 102 of the original colonists.…

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Charitable Strategy: The Most Missed Element in Business Sales

3 months ago By Bill High

It happens time and again. While most owners have 80-90% of their assets locked up inside of their business, it’s remarkable how unprepared many of them are at the point of sale. Indeed, at the point of sale the business owner, and the advisory team, should do everything they can to maximize the sale. But many business owners completely miss a key element in the sale process: a charitable strategy. A study by the Exit Planning Institute (EPI) for Georgia in 2018 revealed that historical transition success rates are only 20-30% nationwide. EPI notes that “preparing for a business sale is an urgent imperative,…

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Advisor

Year-end checklist for Advisors

4 months ago By Evan Lange

The leaves and the weather are changing, so that means it is time to start year-end planning sessions with your clients. Take some extra time this fall to consider some of these simple year-end charitable and tax-planning strategies: Bunch a bunch Because of the 2017 tax law changes, several clients may not have enough itemized deductions to surpass the 2019 standard deduction threshold ($12,200 for individuals and $24,400 for married couples filing jointly). However, clients can maximize their deductions by doubling or tripling up charitable contributions one year and skipping the next year(s). This strategy is referred to as “bunching”…

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Ministry

Three Year-End Communication Tips

4 months ago By Kristin Hammett

The cool nip of fall is in the air, the crunch of leaves is underfoot, and the first snow may have already blanketed the ground. These signs, along with our calendars, tell us that the year is drawing to a close. But for those in nonprofit development, the next 60 days make up the busiest (and most important) time of year! Giving Tuesday is just a month away, with the year-end giving season following on its heels. Hopefully, you’ve already been planning and gearing up for your ministry’s campaign. But if you need a few more tips to help motivate…

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Advisor

The History of Donor Advised Funds

4 months ago By Evan Lange

I love studying history. From recent events to ancient biblical history, it is important to know how we have arrived at where we are today. Therefore, I would like to provide a little history of the donor advised fund (DAF). Many may know the charitable and tax benefits to using DAF, but DAFs are still underutilized by many. This is likely because DAFs are still relatively young from a historical perspective. Here is a brief history: In 1913, Congress passed the Revenue Act which exempted charitable organizations from paying federal taxes. In 1914, the world’s first community foundation was established…

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