Generosity in quotes: Juli Fraga

“While the idea of offering loved one the gift of our time may pale in comparison to giving them a lavish present, recent empathy research shows shared human experiences can tighten social bonds. . . Despite personality differences, most people agree on what makes us feel loved — the presence of our loved ones.” Juli […]

Generosity in quotes: Sarah Renfro

“Using one’s voice to lift laments and praise is pastoral. Using one’s voice to speak truth to power, call out injustice, and advocate for the broken, is prophetic. Voice is a gift, and for those of us called by God to lead with justice, we have the responsibility of stewardship. May we use our voice […]

Generosity in quotes: Rev. Dr. Nicole Martin

“God is with us. This is the greatest truth of the Christian faith and the greatest gift we can give to the world. We are called to be with those who suffer. Violence and anger are symptoms of deeper hurts. Believers can be with those who hurt by creating spaces for people to be heard, […]

Generosity in quotes: Stacy Emerson

” . . . to get our heart’s desire sometimes require us to be willing to go for the other person’s heart desire as well. It’s what make love, families, communities work. But we have to know how to listen and how to be generous and how to care for someone else’s heart, period. These […]

Generous Matters takes a vacation

Okay, so it’s me that’s taking a vacation from blogging, but that means Generous Matters goes with me. My husband and I are headed to the mountains of North Carolina and a cabin we love. We’ve no grand agenda. Just rest, relaxation, and time to ourselves. If all goes as planned, I’ll be back to […]

Generosity in quotes: Peter, Paul, and Mary

How will you ever know what might be found Until you let the walls come tumbling down, If there’s any hope for love at all Some walls, some walls must fall. From the song “Some Walls,” lyrics by American folk icons Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers

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 […]

Generosity in quotes: Jan Carlberg

“Halloween doesn’t last. Thanksgiving’s coming. Before you know it, we’ll come together to eat turkey or crow, to remember and express gratitude to God and each other, and to retell jokes and stories with seam binding power, thread-words strong enough to keep us from unraveling.”   Jan Carlberg, blogger, author, mother, grandmother, beloved daughter of […]

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 […]

Generosity in quotes: Muhammad Ali

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”   Muhammad Ali, American Olympic and World Champion heavyweight boxer, civil rights activist, and philanthropist