Category Archives: Making a Difference

GFA Loses ECFA Accreditation

Last week, Gospel for Asia (GFA) was stripped of it’s accreditation by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).  In addition to being of note to potential donors, this bit of news is particularly disappointing given the fact that GFA … Continue reading

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7 Best Year-End Gift Matching Opportunities

Several of the Christian charities reviewed on our Top Organizations page are offering year-end donors the opportunity to double their impact through special gift matching programs.  That is, gifts received by December 31st will be matched, dollar for dollar, by … Continue reading

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Will We Share?

Our last post (Extreme Poverty, Income Inequality, and the 1%) pointed out that our lives much more closely resemble the lives of “the 1%”  than the lives of those who suffer the harsh realities of extreme poverty — our Lord … Continue reading

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HashTag Activism?

Not Here… We want more than folks registering their agreement with a few easy keystrokes… More than sharing the resources on this site with a few friends.  Our energies are devoted to spotlighting the biblical mandate for helping the desperately … Continue reading

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Rating Charity Effectiveness

In our last post, The Overhead Myth, we noted that this welcome new initiative urges prospective donors to look at the whole picture, and in particular, indicators of program effectiveness instead of financial ratios, as the main measure of a charity’s worthiness. … Continue reading

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The Overhead Myth

The last 15 years have seen a strong movement towards using financial ratios to rate a charity’s effectiveness.  These financial ratios measure how much of your donated dollar goes to overhead and fundraising costs, versus how much goes to the … Continue reading

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Let My Heart Be…

Tucked away under the Resources and Advocacy tabs on this site is a hidden gem — a marvelous little video (youtube, 7:12) created and produced by the folks at the Life Center church in Spokane, Washington.  This video, our very … Continue reading

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A Scene We’d Like to See

One of the underpinnings of our work at Givers by Design is the conviction that our nation’s churches do not do what they could for those who suffer in extreme poverty. Meanwhile, many exemplary parachurch organizations (World Vision, etc) do excellent … Continue reading

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Ministry Spotlight: Christ’s Hope International

Last Monday we sat down with David Kase, National Director for Christ’s Hope International.  Christ’s Hope is an up and coming organization with a unique and powerful model for meeting the needs of the OVC’s (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) produced … Continue reading

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The Frozen Pool

In the last post (Futility or Effectiveness?), we talked about the roadblocks that keep many of us from giving to help the world’s desperately poor – and noted that dismantling these roadblocks was one of the primary purposes behind our … Continue reading

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Futility or Effectiveness?

After reading about the Church in America’s anemic response to the problem of extreme poverty in Richard Stearns’ landmark book, The Hole in Our Gospel, we began talking with people – lots of people.  And in these conversations, a common … Continue reading

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Sharing our Content

At Givers by Design, we’ve worked hard to develop content worth sharing… and sharing is important, because that is the very best way to get the word out – that is, to call the Christian community to a more faithful … Continue reading

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Overview: Making a Difference

This archive category will contain discussions centered on the idea of making a difference.  The desire to have an impact has been built into us, made as we are in our Maker’s image.  Still, a creeping sense of futility keeps … Continue reading

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