Growing in Generosity

Inspiration for Your Legacy Journey

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

Proverbs 16:3

3 Ways to Give in Every Season of Life

In 2018, a sculpture caught the eye of a Texas woman perusing the aisles of her local thrift store and she bought it for $34.99. She was curious about the piece and started to do some research. Several years later, a fine arts consultant identified it as an ancient Roman bust that once belonged to a king of Bavaria and had long been missing from a German museum. The thought was an American soldier brought the bust home after WWII and it eventually made its way to someone’s donation pile. This priceless find is now back in Germany.*  Talk about a unique donation!

You may not have a 2,000-year-old Roman bust lying around your house to give, but there are other creative ways you can support the work of ministries you love, no matter your season of life or the size of your budget. Start with these ideas:

Time is a resource available to all of us—and it can have an immeasurable impact. Share about your favorite nonprofits with people you know. Send notes of encouragement to staff members. Look into opportunities to volunteer. Your time investment pays lasting dividends in needs met and people served.

In-Kind Gifts.
You may have access to goods and resources that can bless our work, or you could have skills that will help us further our mission. Get in touch with us and learn more about which in-kind gifts can make the most difference.

Other Assets.
Research shows that about 90% of wealth is held in non-cash assets like IRAs, real estate, life insurance, stocks, or personal property. Many have also found that creative giving could mean leaving a legacy and extending impact with a charity through a gift in their will. You can use these tools in creative ways to change lives long after your lifetime.

In her diary, Anne Frank wrote, “No one has ever become poor from giving.” There’s great wisdom in her words. Serving others and giving toward work that changes lives brings a wealth of satisfaction and joy, regardless of your age or circumstances. Your creative gifts can make a lasting difference.

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