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Engaging Major Donors Amid Crisis

2 months ago By Kristin Hammett

If your inbox is like mine, it is full of subject lines like “Surviving COVID-19”, “Leadership in Crisis” and “Connecting in the Age of Social Distancing”. It is true; we are all looking for answers to our current circumstances. There is no guide or playbook with the answers.   Or is there?  Clearly, we are facing obstacles and uncertainty. However, our goal is what matters. Is it just to get through it, or is the goal to be stronger on the other side?   In Joshua 3, the Israelites faced the Jordan River standing between them and the Promised Land. I think we can…

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Life on the Frontlines of COVID-19

2 months ago By The Signatry

Under stay-at-home orders, many of us do not see the daily plight of citizens on the fringe. We cannot see the hundreds of cars lined up at drive-thru food banks, the millions of people searching for jobs, or the hospital beds filling up. But what is life like for those serving on the frontlines? The Signatry spoke with Dave Donaldson, co-founder of CityServe International, for a glimpse into the frontlines of COVID-19. “One of the biggest challenges across our country is people that are shut in,” said Donaldson. “They no longer have access to any kind of transportation to grocery…

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When Giving Hurts

3 months ago By Evan Lange

You may have heard of the bestselling book When Helping Hurts, which provides a framework for poverty alleviation by walking with the materially poor in humble relationships instead of just giving temporary handouts on money. The same can apply to generosity. It often starts materially or monetarily, but in its highest form, it often looks like sacrificial living. When I left the law firm to join The Signatry about 5 years ago, a colleague of mine told me to read this book and see that giving materially is not necessarily the best way of generosity. I agree with that statement…

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The Hope of the Resurrection

3 months ago By Bill High

As we head into Easter weekend, many will gather, albeit virtually, to celebrate the risen Savior and His gift of hope for a new life. During this time of confusion and uncertainty, many are searching for a sense of hope. So, here on Good Friday, I want to reflect on God’s promise of redemption and hope made manifest through Jesus’ resurrection. What we hope for vs. What we hope in. On that first Easter, believers in Galilee awoke with a sense of hopelessness in their hearts. Three days earlier, their leader, the One whom they thought had come to free…

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A Believer’s Call to Solve World Problems

3 months 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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How Do You Measure Your Ministry’s Impact?

3 months 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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Radical Generosity in Times of Uncertainty

4 months 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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3 Common Questions on Business Interest Gifts

4 months 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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Writing Last Checks: Four Ways to Fight Human Trafficking

4 months 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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