Generosity in quotes: JB Miller

“The best gifts are those given when we expect nothing in return — giving not driven by obligation but by love and generosity. The benefits we get from these gifts remind us that, as Scripture say, it is ‘more blessed to give than to receive’ — and, as others suggest, that it is possible to […]

The parable of surfing dogs, your board, and fundraising

Topping the list of most often asked questions from frustrated nonprofit CEOs and ministry heads is “How do I get my board to grab hold of fundraising?” I long for curiosity about the basics of good governance. But given the financial situation (miserable) of the majority of small to mid-size nonprofits, a shift in focus […]

Generosity in quotes: Katrina VanHuss

“If you are raising money to make something better, this is who you are: someone willing to be taken, in order to give.”   Katrina VanHuss, consultant and founder of Turnkey Promotions, from a blog article titled “Why We Do What We Do: Willing To Be Taken in Order to Give”

My three words for your 2017 fundraising success

In the week since I chose and announced to the world my three words for 2017, several times the trio has crept into conversations with the good folk with whom I work as a fundraising consultant. Not that I’m surprised. Curiosity, courage, and grace, all three, are key to success in raising money. Hear me […]

Generosity in quotes: Melissa Florer-Bixler

“The mysteries of the [communion] bread have taught me that we always have more than enough: enough for sparrows and children, for hospital beds and nursing homes, for postpartum mothers and sick teenagers. We have enough for the trees and for strangers, enough for roses and for one another. Here, the holy purpose the bread […]

My three words for 2017

Back in 2012, I substituted three single-word aspirations for full-blown New Year’s resolutions. At the time, it sounded less a challenge to live into a few syllables than to follow through on complete sentences. Four years and 12 words later, I knew otherwise. In fact, I was so put off by what seemed an annual […]

Generous Matters top 10 list for 2016

There’s much about 2016 that I’d just as soon forget, starting with the ugly U.S. presidential race. Fortunately, good memories from the past 12 months outweigh the bad for me. Such is the blessing of living, working, and worshiping with generous, faith-filled, and other-oriented folks. Gloom and doom don’t have a chance when confronted with […]

Generosity in quotes: Dirk G. Lange

“. . . God is working in silent, quiet ways among us, liberating prisoners and watching over the stranger (the foreigner). But this work does not happen without us. In the giving of a glass of water, in the sharing of a meal, in the welcome to a refugee, in all these ways God is […]

When donor capability goes down, look up.

According to Giving USA 2016, generosity is at an all-time high in America. Happy days are finally here for our nation’s nonprofit community, or so the report suggests. But dig deeper into the numbers and there’s another story to be told. An analysis by the research team over at the Institute for Policy Studies of […]

When donor capability goes down, look up

According to Giving USA 2016, generosity is at an all-time high in America. Happy days are finally here for our nation’s nonprofit community, or so the report suggests. But dig deeper into the numbers and there’s another story to be told. An analysis by the research team over at the Institute for Policy Studies of […]