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4 Practical Questions on Giving

For the next several weeks, I’m writing a series of blogs on “4”: 4 Questions, 4 Things, etc. Read the entire series. It’s a way of offering concise commentary. Hope you enjoy this series of “4”!

In my work with families, I often see that their giving practices are the result of a relationship that came their way. It may be the family friend. It may be the friend of a friend. Or it may be simply the result of their position in the community. Their giving practices were not necessarily the result of their personal passions or interests.

But the making of a personal giving strategy involves intentionality. Here are 4 questions to get you started:

  1. Start with your Not. What do I not want to give to?
  2. What are organizations that most align with my personal vision, mission and values?
  3. What’s my giving style? Regular support? A few organizations in a big way? A lot of organizations to bless many? Big “investment-style” gifts? Anonymous? Am I willing to influence others with my giving?
  4. What area of giving might I be called to, based upon my past history? (For instance, is there a personal point of pain that dictates support? Is there a past history of being involved in a particular area of ministry?)

As you study these questions, let me know: Do you have your own questions that your family utilizes in giving?

Related articles:
Should Christians Give to Secular Organizations?
I Don’t Know Where to Give
Is Your Giving Strategic?

About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the National Christian Foundation Heartland. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously: www.givingitallawaybook.com. » Learn More

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