Pass the abundance please

Wall Street is on a tear and happy days are here again in many quarters, but not so much for the small to mid-size ministries with which I work. Times remain tough for a lot of nonprofits. If we measure abundance purely in dollars and cents, too many organizations are coming up short. The good […]

Generosity in quotes: A. W. Tozer

“Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.” A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), Christian author and church pastor in the United States and Canada

Generosity in quotes: G. K. Chesterton

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), English writer, journalist, and Christian apologist

Generosity in quotes: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian, anti-Nazi activist, and founder of the Confessing Church

Appreciating philanthropists as they appreciate you

I wasn’t expecting a shout out to named gift opportunities in the middle of a lecture about the humanities. Imagine my delight, then, when the speaker spoke appreciatively of the donor recognition plaques lining the hallways of Messiah College’s newly opened Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. To hear a humanities […]

Generosity in quotes

“Gratitude is more than a mental exercise, more than a formula of words. We cannot be satisfied to make a mental note of things which God has done for us and then perfunctorily thank Him for favors received. To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us — […]

Generosity in quotes

“Gratitude is about remembering.  If there is a crisis of gratitude in contemporary life as some have claimed, it is because we are collectively forgetful. . . A French proverb states that gratitude is the memory of the heart—it is the way that the heart remembers. The memory of the heart includes the memory of […]

The sweet taste of gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers. In the spirit of the day, I pass along the following timely word from Chick Lane, director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN). “How are you?” we often ask another person. Sometimes, we actually wonder. Other times, it is just another way of saying, “Hello.” […]

A fundraising riddle that’s no joke

Here’s a riddle with a fundraising focus. What do faculty and other staff mock, students ignore as they walk, and development officers forget in their rush for the next big gift? Answer. The stories of generosity behind the names displayed on the front of campus buildings. If that’s what you shouted at the computer screen, […]

Generosity in quotes

“The heart of Christian faith is gratitude. The heart of Christian hope is gratitude. The heart of Christian love is gratitude. The heart of the Christian life is gratitude. That gratitude is rooted in a sense that life is a gift, that life is good, that life is worth living. God’s goodness is the reason to be […]