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What is Biblically Responsible Investing?

1 month ago By The Signatry

One characteristic that sets The Signatry apart from many other foundations is our commitment to biblically responsible investing (BRI). You have most likely heard of biblically responsible investing, but what exactly is it? And how does it work? What is BRI?: Aligning finances and values Biblically responsible investing is a proactive approach that aligns investments with biblical values and principles. This alignment of faith and growth yields a present and an eternal return by investing in companies that are making a positive impact in the world. The goal is to invest in businesses that create value rather than extract value.…

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A Guide for Charitable Planning

1 month ago By The Signatry

Planning ahead and counting the costs of a plan are essential aspects of any project. Jesus even talked about this, in light of Christian discipleship: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it” (Luke 14:28). The season for year-end giving is fast approaching, and now is an excellent time to begin to plan ahead, not only for year-end giving, but for your year-round charitable giving as well! You may be accustomed to planning ahead for a business proposal but may not have thought…

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Women of Legacy: Creating Vision

2 months ago By The Signatry

Florence Chadwick was the first woman who tried to swim the twenty-six miles between Catalina Island and the coast of California. It was a cold, foggy day, and she had been swimming for fifteen hours. She gave up and got in the boat, not knowing she was just half a mile from reaching the shore. At a press conference the next day, she said, “All I could see was the fog. […] I think if I could have seen the shore, I would have made it.”[1] This is the power of vision. We need the reminder of where we are…

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Women of Legacy: Living Purposefully

2 months ago By Wendy Rogers

History is replete with women who said ‘yes’ in response to God’s outrageous love and invitation to live and give generously. From Mary Magdelene, a first patron of the early church, to Lydia, an industrious entrepreneur who strategically funded early missions, women change the world with their sacrificial giving. Here are a few other women whose generosity had eternal Impact: Lady Huntingdon born into royalty and used her wealth and influence to fuel the great revivals of John Wesley and George Whitfield, hosting thousands at her estates and funding Kingdom projects. Lilias Trotter who gave up the wealthy lifestyle she was born…

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Generational Thinking

3 months ago By Alan Pratt

Generational thinking does not come naturally to most of us. By “generational thinking”, we mean intentionally planning and being cognizant of our own actions, preparation, and decisions that will affect our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They will make their own decisions, whom they will marry, how they will invest their time, energy, and wealth. They will also make decisions on how they receive gifts of inheritance or access to trusts. When we are long gone, the time we share and the planning we put in place will affect them directly almost always in a positive way. Correspondingly, the lack of time spent and…

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The Wealth Transfer Rises to $68 Trillion

4 months ago By Bill High

The U.S. wealth transfer number has gone up. As recently as early fall of 2018, the going number for the Great Wealth Transfer was $59 trillion by 2030. But the projected wealth transfer is now an unprecedented $68 trillion over the next 25 years, according to a Fox Business article that reports on a study by Cerulli Associates in Boston. What does $68 trillion look like? A Kiplinger article from a few years back attempts to put $1 trillion into perspective in terms of buying power. A few ways to spend $1 trillion You could buy nearly 42 million new cars with an average sticker price of…

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Writing Last Checks: Broken and Obedient Hearts

4 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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