Category Archives: Giving

Where Your Treasure Is

A recent study released by Giving USA contained some sobering information for churches (and for Christians). The study, which was released on June 18, revealed that individual charitable giving dropped last year by 1.1%—from $295 billion in 2017, down to $292 billion in 2018.   According to the Associated Press, this is the most significant […]

Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving with a Donor Advised Fund

There are a variety of reliable ways that you can choose to invest or donate your money.   Ambassador Advisors strives to fully understand your short-, mid- and long-term goals and objectives when we offer suggestions on investment decisions. Often the question arises as to what might be the most straightforward way that our clients […]

Charitable Clumping and Other 2019 Strategies

Pancakes are Saturday morning favorites in many households. Whether you top them with “SEER-up” or “SIR-up”, pile on the blueberries, or even the chocolate chips, every good flapjack maker knows—you want to leave a few clumps in the batter. (The science of cooking tells us to avoid creating a rubbery texture from over-mixed gluten molecules!) […]

Living Up to Faith Heroes, Part 2

[Continued, catch up on Part 1 here]   Wow—now that is the stuff comics and movies are made of, right? But biblical superheroes did even more!   “Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in […]

Living Up to Faith Heroes, Part 1

By Bernie Bostwick, Executive Vice President   I must confess, I never really was much into superheroes. Today, they are much the rave! The superhero that sticks in my mind as a boy is Superman. The beginning of his television show started with the announcer saying, “He is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to […]

Table for Ten: Sharing that Inspires and Ignites Generosity (Part 3)

  As I was reading through The Almanac of American Philanthropy by Karl Zinsmeister, I was inspired by the lives of many individuals who transformed society through their charitable giving. One of the individuals was John Rockefeller, Sr. This oil magnate became the richest man of his time, and indeed has a good claim to […]

Table for Ten: Sharing that Inspires and Ignites Generosity (Part 2)

When a family member or friend walks through the legacy planning process with positive results, their story encourages others. But talk of money, and especially of giving money, leads many Christians to fear they are pursuing Mammon instead of God. “Am I looking at the golden pavement instead of the Lord? What’s next? The $25,000 […]

Table for Ten: Sharing that Inspires and Ignites Generosity (Part 1)

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” […]

Doing More With Your Giving Dollars

There are three ways to meet the challenge of giving more fully: increase income, cut spending, and/or use tax laws to increase your ability to give.