According to ECFA’s 2013 Annual State of Giving Report, giving to evangelical churches and ministries outpaced giving to secular charities in 2012. Charitable giving to ECFA-accredited organizations increased 6.4 percent in 2012 compared to 4 percent growth for the top 400 charities in America reported by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. To learn more, follow this link.
Over the past couple hundred years, the practice of giving a love offering has evolved with the diverse history and traditions of America’s Christian community. In fact, the term “love offering” predates the enactment of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and does not appear in the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). However, the giving of love offerings has produced a number of cases on which the IRS has ruled. [read more]
Here’s a thought. All kinds of people are thinking about giving at Christmas and year-end, especially generous, kingdom-minded people. Of course the competition for givers’ attention is stiff during December. Retailers, movie studios, and sports leagues save their best stuff for the Christmas season. So why not pull in your most creative team and brainstorm some ideas that might inspire your people to give? [read more]
Should churches pay attention to organizations like the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF)? Based on a recent court ruling, the answer is emphatically yes. [read more]