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 […]

Generosity in quotes: Fr. Rick Ganz

“Here, then, is the real grace for us to ponder. It is to recognize who God sends to us, noticing when he does and to open in friendship toward him or her. We need to learn how to look up, if you will, when we pray, but also to look sideways for those whom God […]

Generosity in quotes: Booker T. Washington

“I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” Booker T. Washington, educator and founder of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States

Generosity in quotes: Henri Nouwen

“When Jesus fed five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish, he was showing us how God’s love can multiply the effects of our generosity (see Matt. 14:13-21). God’s kingdom is the place of abundance where every generous act overflows its original bounds and becomes part of the unbounded grace of […]

Before the last angel sings

Thank you, dear readers, for continuing to follow Generous Matters (and occasionally commenting) throughout this past year, despite my two month sabbatical from writing. My mind is buzzing with article ideas for the new year and I look forward to testing them all with you. Until then, may God bring you a joyful Christmas with […]

Generosity in quotes: Valerie Bell

“When our hearts are broken, our challenges beyond us, the mountains too steep and the valleys too dark, sometimes all it takes is a touch, a small light in our darkness, a smile that lightens our way, something with God in it, something only he could arrange, and then all is bearable because he is with […]

My one word plan for year-end fundraising success

With the calendar year-end barreling down on us, fundraising gurus are out in force with advice for making the most of the giving season. In the past week alone I’ve come across simple strategies for a dynamite fourth quarter, a 30-minute consultation that’s sure to double appeal results, 2-steps to getting the next gift, and […]