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Four Ways to Clarify Your Message

6 months ago By Kristin Hammett

The number of nonprofits has more than doubled since 2002. When you take into account the stagnant giving and impact of the 2017 tax law, we find ourselves in an increasingly crowded pool of charitable organizations. Not only do donors receive twice as many requests from nonprofits, but between social media and the constant bombardment of advertisements and commercials, donors face an increasing amount of excess noise. So how do you set yourself apart? How can you cut through the noise and ensure donors are hearing and fully grasping your message? Clarify your message. I think one of my biggest…

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Three Lessons From MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

7 months ago By The Signatry

Over 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his captivating “I have a dream” speech. From the Lincoln Memorial, he shared his captivating vision with the world. Before he had even reached the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King had spent many years passionately fighting for equality. Although most of us will never have the platform Dr. King had, there are three lessons we can learn from his activism and famous speech. Address the issue. Martin Luther boldly addressed the issue of racial inequality. He did not avoid or delay action. King knew what he was fighting for. He…

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Advisor

Starting 2020 with 20/20 Vision

7 months ago By Evan Lange

Over 60% of Americans will make New Year resolutions for 2020. Some of the most popular resolutions for 2020 are losing weight, reading more, spending more time with family, and flying less to help prevent emissions into the environment. While I typically do not have a “resolution” for the New Year, I will build a plan and goals for the next 12 months. What are the goals for financial advisors, lawyers, and accountants for 2020? A quick web search will provide hundreds of tips to improve and grow your practice. These tips include: investing and utilizing new technology, exploring new…

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Family

New Year’s Generosity Resolution

7 months ago By The Signatry

2020 is finally here! Not only is it the beginning of a new year, but it is also the beginning of a new decade. As we flip the calendar to a new year, nearly 200 million Americans will make a New-Year’s resolution. But what if we go beyond the stereotypical New Year’s resolutions and thought about what we, as a community of believers, could accomplish in the coming decade? In their book, God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School, John Cortines and Gregory Baumer explain that American evangelical Christians possess an annual income of over…

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Reflecting on 2019

7 months ago By The Signatry

As we get ready to flip the calendar to 2020, now is a fitting moment to celebrate all the fantastic stories God orchestrated in 2019. We are blessed to serve such a generous community that has grown immensely this year. With that in mind, we wanted to share with you some of our organization’s favorite highlights from this past year. Team. We added ten new team members to The Signatry family in order to continue to reach and serve this community well. A highlight of those new team members included adding representation in Seattle to serve the Northwestern region and…

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Family

Advent and Living with Expectations

8 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

8 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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Generosity in the Story of Christmas

8 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

8 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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