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Understanding the Big Why of Giving

            Not long ago, I sat in a ministry presentation.  The ministry was clearly trying to win the crowd to gather support for its ministry.

            It was a fairly typical presentation.  They described who they were, and they listed the numbers behind the impact they were making.  And they made a call for support.

            But they failed to present the big why.  Most importantly, they did not understand that their ministry—in and of itself—was not the big why.  It never is.

            What is the big why?  The big why is the overall strategic reason for the organization’s existence.  For instance, Young Life is not the big why.  Reaching young people, however, is a big why.  The reason why Young Life exists as an organization is to reach young people.

            So often we tend to elevate an organization as the big why.  The organization is only a tool, however, to reaching a goal or fulfilling a call.  We tend to represent the organization as the first answer.   In reality, that which motivates us—reaching young people—is the first answer.  How we reach young people may be accomplished in many ways.

            By keeping in mind the big why, we can better keep ourselves, our givers, and our staff focused upon what is truly important.  That is the cause, not the organization.  May we never confuse the cause with the organization.

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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