Generosity in quotes: Victor Frankl

“Don’t aim for success, the more you aim for it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued, it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as a by-product […]

Red letter money talk

Recently, I was privileged to lead a Barnabas Foundation webinar on the topic of the pastor’s role in growing generous hearts. Despite my doubt that anyone would bite, a good number of church leaders showed up to hear what I had to say. Even better, they responded with questions, comments, and illustrations from their own […]

Generosity in quotes: Walter Brueggemann

“When the creation is recognized as a gift that keeps on giving so that loaves abound, we need not covet what is on the plate of our neighbor. We need not horde. We need not acquire a surplus because we may run out, because this is the God who gives far more abundantly than we […]

Fourth-quarter encouragement for discouraged fundraisers

From what I see and hear out there, fundraisers, and most especially those raising funds for small to mid-size nonprofits, are struggling to keep their chins up as we head into the critical fourth quarter of the year. What with the daily deluge of doom and gloom swirling around the 2016 presidential campaign, members of […]

Generosity in quotes: Amy Aves Challenger

“I’ve discovered that kindness grows from the belief in the (God-given) goodness inside another person. When kindness is given, it rises and regenerates and perseveres in another. It holds life upright through struggles. Kindness rains on deserts of difficulties, pours hope on all in its path, filling streams of suffering and loneliness with goodness and […]

Generosity in quotes: Tom Fiebiger

“Maybe our stewardship of white privilege looks like relinquishing seats on boards to people of color? Does it look like empowering people of color to ‘run things’? Maybe it means asking hard questions, challenging broken economic, educational, and justice systems that perpetuate racism. We can also question our own implicit racist responses to things we […]

To media-anointed religious spokespersons from a concerned evangelical Christian

I won’t mention you by name and you certainly don’t know mine. But since you’ve taken it upon yourselves to speak for me, I feel entitled to talk to you. Here’s what I want you to hear. Now that you’ve had your 15 minutes of Campaign 2016 fame, stand down. Please. Okay, so there’s nothing […]

Generosity in quotes: William Blake

“I sought my soul, But my soul I could not see. I sought my God, But my God eluded me. I sought my brother, And I found all three.”   William Blake, 18th century English poet, painter, and printmaker

Tips, strategies, and things to avoid as you plan your next board meeting

“If it weren’t for the meetings, serving on this board would be a joy. I’m all in on the mission, but one more rambling, mind-numbing agenda and I’m out of here!” I hear variations on this lament too often from board members bored out of their minds by meetings to nowhere. Perhaps you’ve said as […]

Generosity in quotes: Alexandra Benson

“My Urban Servant Corps journey led me to confront the painful realities of homelessness and poverty but also invited me to experience what it means to give generously out of God’s promise of abundance. Stewardship calls us to recognize the abundance among us and to creatively seek out how it may be shared with the […]