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

Generosity in quotes: Ryan Dueck

“In the context of abundance, we need fasting to remind us that not everyone enjoys what we do, to remind us that we have a duty to the poor, to discipline our bodies and our souls, to wean us from our addiction to comfort and the easy satisfaction of our appetites. But in the context of […]

And now for a break in the schedule.

Today marks the beginning of a 6-week break in my posting schedule while I ponder the future of Generous Matters. I’ve enjoyed the writing and that, along with affirming comments from regular readers, have kept me at it far longer than I anticipated at my blog’s beginning in March 2011. But all good things must […]

Generosity in quotes: Brené Brown

“Until we can receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help.” Brené Brown, author, public speaker, and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, in The Gifts of […]

First-ever annual membership drive for Generous Matters

Four years into this blogging thing, it’s become painfully obvious that my “if I write, they will read” strategy isn’t working so well. Subscriptions to Generous Matters have stalled at just above 200, despite assurances from regular readers that there’s good stuff here. The time has come for a more direct approach to building up […]