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:
- Start with your Not. What do I not want to give to?
- What are organizations that most align with my personal vision, mission and values?
- 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?
- 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 uses in giving?
This blog is part if a series on “4”: 4 Questions, 4 Things, etc. It’s a way of offering concise commentary. Check out the rest of the series of “4”!
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Published September 7, 2017
Topics: Giving Strategies