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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 Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. 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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