Category Archives: Measuring Impact

Three Lessons on Giving from Bertie Lourens

1. Reflect on What Your Kids Will Say. Bertie has been running WastePlan, a waste management company in South Africa, since 2004. For years, he’d been a driven & aggressive salesman, building and pouring himself into his businesses. Then, in 2013, his doctor told him that he had cancer. Bertie explains, “When I left the doctor’s room, and I walked back to my car, I saw my kid’s little faces. And I thought, What are these kids going to say? Are they going to tell the world how much money […]

Three Lessons on Giving from David Smith

1. Giving without Active Prayer Is Just Wasted Money. “We give to organisations that depend on active prayer,” says David. As Genesis Foundation has grown to give to more than 150 organizations per annum, David has observed that “the ministries which take prayer seriously simply thrive! It is not rocket science: the most significant strength of a Christian organisation is their chief asset: the active presence of the all-powerful God. We ask ministries, ‘What is the role of prayer in the organisation?’” So what are some ways ministries can organize […]

Laura Blackburn of Excellence in Giving, “What reports should givers expect from ministries?”

Recently, two different givers posed almost the same question to JoyGiving.org:

What reports do you receive from ministries? How do you verify them?
What kinds of reports should we expect from ministries we support?