Generosity in quotes: Walter Brueggemann

“The counter-world of the Psalms contradicts our world of greed by mediating to us a world of abundance in which greed is completely inappropriate. The ground for such an abundance that refuses greed is the glad doxological affirmation that God is the creator who has blessed and funded the earth so that it is a […]

Crying for Omran

As a teen-ager, I glibly committed to letting my heart be broken by the things that break God’s. However, the older I get, the less my heart is able to deal with all this world holds. There are times when challenges within a ten-mile radius of my home are enough to overwhelm me, let alone […]

Generosity in quotes: Barbara Brown Taylor

” . . . When you allow your enemy to stop being your enemy, all the rules change. Nobody knows how to act anymore, because forgiveness is an act of transformation. It does not offer the adrenaline rush of anger, nor the feeling of power that comes from a well-established resentment. It is a quiet […]

With abundance, it’s de ja vu all over again

Back in the early 2000s when Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry hit the bookshelves, Thom Jeavons and I were chided for under-selling the all too real limitations faced by nonprofits large and small, secular and faith-based. But what a difference 15 plus years has made. These days, abundance thinking is touted as good […]

Generosity in quotes: Elizabeth Palmer

“. . . perhaps instead of rejoicing in one person’s exaltation over the other, we could simply aim for kindness and healing in this complex, broken world, where everyone needs simultaneously to be exalted and humbled. Perhaps grace could replace judgment in our assessment of those who appear to be our opponents. Rather than aiming […]

Will someone state that as a motion?

Motions are the primary means by which a governing board provides directions to the CEO and other staff, so you’d think considerable care would go into shaping them. But think again. More often than not, motions are created as follows: Hoping to bring resolution to a time-sapping discussion, the chair asks, “Will someone state that […]

Generosity in quotes: Bishop Michael Curry

“Reconciliation isn’t just singing Kumbaya and everyone being nice. Reconciliation is about the hard work of working through our differences, maybe acknowledging them and not changing them, necessarily. Working through our differences honestly and with integrity, and sometimes repenting of where our differences or my differences or yours has actually hurt relationship and not helped […]

Let’s make truth great again

We’re months away from declaring a winner in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, but I’m ready to call the loser in this latest run-up to the White House. Hands down, it is truth. Loyalists to HIM or HER are willing to believe the craziest things. No accusation is too far-fetched, no tweet too flimsy to […]

Generosity in quotes: Melissa Spas

“. . . Our use of money and resources reflects our values. Or, in the language of the Gospel of Matthew – ‘where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ Every day our small choices are woven together into the whole cloth of our moral lives, and economic decisions and commitments, the stuff […]

Named gifts, posthumous reputations, and judgment day

I didn’t expect to bump into fundraising in the pages of Michael Kinsley’s touching, funny book, Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide. But there it was, capping off his chapter-long riff on the Boomer Generation’s quest for immortality. Kinsley latches on to a favorite of the non-profit world – the named gift (a modern-day “indulgence,” in […]