Crying for Omran

As a teen-ager, I glibly committed to letting my heart be broken by the things that break God’s. However, the older I get, the less my heart is able to deal with all this world holds. There are times when challenges within a ten-mile radius of my home are enough to overwhelm me, let alone […]

Give beyond today’s headlines

This past week, the world received a kick in its generosity pants when Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines. News outlets and relief organizations have been all over the disaster, as well they should. The stories and photos coming out of places like Tacoblan, a storm-ravaged city in the central Philippines, are horrifying. There’s no […]

Pieced together generosity

The feathers in fundraisers’ caps are major gifts. Development officers dream of racking up a string of six or seven-figure donations. Never mind that most nonprofits get the job done with gifts in lesser denominations.  Mega-donors (real or hoped for) get all the attention, while donors with lesser wealth get barely a nod. But not […]

Spending boldly at the Pennsylvania Relief Sale

It’s party time for Brethren in Christ and Mennonite folk here in south central Pennsylvania. On Saturday,  a couple thousand of us, along with sundry others, will head to the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg for the annual Pennsylvania Relief Sale. I go for the quilt auction. My husband looks forward to the great food. […]

Photos of a generous church in action

Photographs by Jay Basinger, event photographer for the April 2 Pennsylvania Relief Sale (and my son), show Anabaptists from across south central Pennsylvania doing some of their favorite things — serving, giving, eating, and enjoying time together. And all for a great cause, Mennonite Central Committee. In Growing Givers’ Hearts, Thom Jeavons and I wrote […]

Twitter co-founder touts the compound interest in altruism

In yesterday’s post I noted that giving is a lousy wealth building strategy, but if it’s joy you’re after, generosity is THE way to go.  My son, Jay, alerted me to a blog post  by Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, that is a powerful ditto to my humble ramblings. You’ll want to read the whole post, but here’s some […]