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 was a “charter” (founding) member of the organization.   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 special arrangement with large outside donors. This is an excellent way to multiply the effectiveness of your gift to make a real difference for the world’s least and last.

You can double your impact by making year-end gifts to these exemplary organizations: 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 counts compassionate generosity shown to the least and the last as love shown to Himself. 

Equipping Followers of Christ to Respond Compassionately, Intelligently, and Effectively to the problem of Global PovertyHere’s the rest of the story…   Continue reading

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Extreme Poverty, Income Inequality, The 1%

Extreme Poverty: Harsh Realities

 

For several years now, we’ve been engaged in a national, even global, conversation about “income inequality” and “The 1%.”  Here are a few thoughts, as these conversations relate to the problem of Extreme Poverty. 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 poor, and providing easy-to-use tools to make a lasting difference for them — to what end?  What is Givers by Design after? 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.  So far, so good…. this kind of thinking in the charity ratings business is long overdue.  But it brings up a troubling question:  How will watchdog and ratings organizations “rate” program effectiveness?  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 charity’s actual programs.  This makes sense – it is wiser – and more effective – to give to an organization that can put more of your donated dollar to work for the desperately poor.  But, this has created a problem:  We have come to rely so heavily on these financial ratios, that we have forgotten to ask the more basic questions.  What are the results?  Do their programs work?  In a word, are they effective? Continue reading

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Is Apathy the New Violence?

In Noah’s day, our just God was moved to extreme action because humankind had degenerated into a pervasive, consuming violence (Genesis 6:11-13).  In 21st century America, this would no longer seem to be the case.  The vast majority of America’s citizens enjoy the benefits of what we call civil society, Continue reading

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Standing in the Gap

What is asked of us, as followers of Christ, concerning the desperately poor?

John the Baptist, preaching about bearing fruit consistent with true repentance (Luke 3), put it in very simple terms when the crowd asked “What, then, should we do?”  Continue reading

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James 1:27

The New Testament writer James, brother of Jesus, wrote in a plain, no-nonsense style that is as applicable today as it was 2000 years ago.  His provocative emphasis on everyday practice – our actions – is a message that is sometimes unpopular, as it exposes the difference between what we think or believe, and what we do.  Chapter 1, verse 27 — which bears on the question of helping those who suffer in extreme poverty — is a good example; let’s take a look. 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 favorite, is a beautiful, eloquent, and inspiring piece of music/prose that captures the essence of Richard Stearns’ award-winning book,
The Hole in Our Gospel. Continue reading

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A Scene We’d Like to See

Giving was meant to be a joy...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 work, in the name of Christ, in bringing sustainable improvements to the lives and communities of the world’s desperately poor. Continue reading

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Leviticus 19:9-10

Leviticus 19:9-10Throughout Scripture, we learn that God has a special heart for the poor, the vulnerable, the oppressed… a concern that He expects His people to share.  In Leviticus, God instructs them on how they can act on this concern:  a wonderfully clear, simple prescription for how His people can show intentional, compassionate generosity towards the desperately poor. 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 by the AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa.
We had three questions for Dave: Continue reading

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Partnering with the Parachurch

The following is a response we penned to an article titled Effective Giving: The Church-Parachurch Tension, posted at FaithfulPolitics.org……  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 work at Givers by Design.  So here’s the question:  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 thread quickly emerged. Continue reading

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Blessed, to be a Blessing

This idea, that we are blessed to be a blessing, is a theme that is woven throughout the length and breadth of scripture – and, is one of the foundations upon which Givers by Design is built.  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 and effective response to the problem of extreme poverty.   Continue reading

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Implications for Witness, part 1

Many Christian writers have recently taken the Church to task for its anemic response to the problem of extreme poverty.  (Anemic? …Yes, less than 2% of the average American church’s budget Continue reading

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