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Deciding Where to Give

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JOY List some of the most joy-filled ways you’ve been generous in your life. List other gifts you have given where you didn’t experience as much joy. Based on your answers to those two questions, what might God be showing you that could inform your generosity journey going forward? GRATEFUL and BROKEN What are you grateful for? What is your …

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Black Philanthropy Month: Interview with Valaida Fullwood 

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In celebration of black history month, I spoke with Valaida Fullwood, author of Giving Back, A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropy, featured in our blog earlier this month. Valaida is a Founding Member of the New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP) and the Principal Architect and Vision Keeper at The Soul of Philanthropy.  Michele:  As we celebrate …

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Reflecting Christ’s Generosity

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For Mary Magdalene, meeting Jesus is more than exciting…it’s life-changing. As one of His devoted disciples, Mary followed Jesus from city to city, countryside to countryside. During her time with Him, Mary gained firsthand perspective on the joy Jesus and His message brought to people. To ensure His message wasn’t hindered, Mary uses her own finances to fund Jesus’s work. …

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A Black Philanthropy Month Book Recommendation

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Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists by Valaida Fullwood, Photography by Charles W. Thomas “Give and it shall be given to you. For whatever measure you deal out to others, it will be dealt to you in return.”—Luke 6:38 Valaida Fullwood’s 2011 book, Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists is a beautiful …

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The Gracious Gift of Friendship

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Taken from Women Doing Well’s Extravagant God, a six-session study on generous women through the ages, published in 2015. Lydia is a maker and seller of purple cloth. She uses her talent to make a living.  That’s no easy task for a single woman in Bible times, but God’s hand is on her. As a result, her business prospers. Guests …

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Freedom to Give Freely

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On July 4, 1776, our forefathers formally adopted the Declaration of Independence. A century later, American slaves were granted their God-given freedom. And for Christians, our freedom was purchased long before.  How do we celebrate our freedom that was purchased with Christ’s blood?  We can celebrate with hot dogs and homemade ice cream. Our God encourages celebration! We can celebrate …

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Black Americans’ Generosity

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Known as Juneteenth, June 19 celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.  We’re using this opportunity to share a little bit of research on the uniqueness of Black Americans’ generosity.  Generosity is embedded in African culture. That culture carried over to the United Stated and encouraged enslaved individuals to care for one another like family whether they were …