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Building a Giving Plan

In Tuesday’s post, I shared a few stories of women who are learning to live and give with purpose in an unexpected season of singleness. I’ve put together a tool to help you create a giving plan that will help you become intentional with your generosity, no matter what season you find yourself in.

WHERE DO I START? 

A joyful plan of giving starts with remembering that all we have belongs to God. From the color of our eyes to our ability to learn, it all is a grace from God. Our daily acknowledgement allows us to internalize gratitude to God. Gratitude trumps greed or guilt and opens the door that we may offer it all back as a gift to Him. 

 “Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty 

and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. 

Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all.”  

I Chronicles 29:11, NIV

WHAT HAS GOD ENTRUSTED TO ME? 

Your giving plan takes shape with considering the question: What has God entrusted to me? In the Women Doing Well Research Study, the women who were the most joyfully generous had taken time to know what they had and used this as a benchmark for building their giving plan. Take a few minutes to review the list below. Check each asset with which you have been entrusted. Add to the list any detail as to value or quantity.

Financial Resources: Home(s), Business(es), Auto(s), Income, Investments, Collectibles (art, jewelry, antiques)

Personal Resources/Time: Work, Rest, Worship, Recreation, Exercise, Study

Intellectual Resources: Education, Knowledge, Unique experiences, Expertise, Wisdom

Social Resources/Influence: Family, Business, Colleagues, Coworkers, Club memberships, Friends, Church

 

What will I do with it?

There are only three possible answers to this question. I can spend, I can save, or I can share what God has entrusted to me. Arriving at the right balance takes time, reflection, prayer, and discussion.  Consider the following discussion questions to help you find the right allocation.

SPEND:

How much did I spend last year?  ________________

How do I feel about that number? Is this the right level of lifestyle for me?

Is EVERYTHING I have available for God’s use?

SAVE:

How much do I have in savings & investments?  _________________

Is this the right level of savings for me?

Is my savings available for God’s use?

SHARE:

How much did I give charitably last year? ______________________

What amount would I like to give this year? ____________________

What level of giving would be sacrificial for me? ________________

 

SET YOUR GIVING BUDGET FOR THE YEAR

Now that you’ve set how much you will give this year, finish your giving plan by noting your passion areas and how much you’d like to allocate percentage wise to each area.

___% Church

___% Evangelism

___% Youth, Family Marriage

___% Arts and Culture

___% Justice

___% Environment / Animals

___% Poverty

___% Growth & Discipleship

___% Other__________

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’VE CREATED A PLAN TO GUIDE YOUR GIVING!

 

 

 

Pam Pugh

About Author

Pam Pugh

Pam Pugh is one of the founders of Women Doing Well. She guides charitable organizations in strategic planning and implementation through her firm, Reaching Forward, LLC. She is deeply motivated by making connections in the generosity space to unleash a wealth of financial resources to further the gospel of Christ. She lives in Alpharetta, Ga., with her husband and has two daughters. Her purpose statement is “expanding territory.”

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