1. Giving to God Is an Honor. “When I was about seven years old, I was lying in bed,” says Carl, “and I was thinking. I wasn’t in a Christian family, but I remember thinking ‘If I make a lot of money, I’d take a third, give a third to God, and a third to the poor.” Carl found God as a teenager and when he moved to Sydney as an adult, connected with Hillsong Church. His career took him from industrial chemistry into financial services and then into mortgage […]
1. Parents’ Example Sets the Course. “I grew up six hours due west of Sydney,” Paul says. “Our farm was 35 miles from the nearest town. We were an average family that went to church and were generous. The best example of generosity I had was from my parents. We were farmers and we didn’t have a whole bunch.” Paul recounts the story of a generosity miracle at the Bolte family farm. “One year we were going to harvest our crop and it was worth $60k. But then there was […]
1. Atheists Can Be Big Givers “I became successful quickly,” says Imre. “I was an atheist then and I started a business in 1988 and I sold it in 1996 for millions of dollars. Most of the business leaders are happy when they have millions. That’s usually the end of the story.” Imre wondered what to do with his newfound wealth. “I was keen to make an effort to change society,” he says, “I believed that Hungary could be a successful European country, so I gave toward that. I was […]
“How do you collaborate with other funders/foundations?” – Cynthia, South Africa
In this final post, David explains what he, and the Maclellan Foundation, have learned about how Christians can give together well.
Christians, to whom God has entrusted with resources, could gather together in their own nations to pray, fellowship and strategize together to see the Lord’s Kingdom expand throughout their country.
It’s not a new idea, in 400 BC, God gave Nehemiah a strategy to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem, as described in chapters 3 and 4 of his book.
Two givers considering starting foundations: Amar and Bernard
Recently, I’ve met with two givers who have very different approaches to their foundations.
The first, Amar, is just establishing his foundation. He wants to do everything the right way. He sees many established foundations have boards, so he is considering having a board for his foundation. “What is the role of the board and how often should a board meet?” he asked me.
The second, Bernard, has had a foundation for a while. He has put together a board with six to ten members…