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5 giving intentions for a generous year

Happy New Year! As you’re considering your goals for the year ahead, have you thought about where you want to go with your giving?

You probably want to do big things with your generosity – in every season during the days ahead. But have you made a plan? While spontaneous giving has its place, so does prayerful, strategic planning. Without it, it’s easy for giving to become scattered, ineffective, and less joyful.

We encourage you to carve out some space to reflect on generosity, whether it’s at a coffee shop, in the midst of your morning quiet time, or during your lunch break. What does it mean for you and your family? Where is God calling you to give? What and who do you pray for? And what do you hope to see come to pass by this time next year?

What and who do you pray for? And what do you hope to see come to pass by this time next year?

To explore these questions and others, here are some possible giving intentions you may want to consider, with an idea or resource to help you go deeper with each one:

1. I will prayerfully consider how my beliefs about money shape my giving
Generosity isn’t just about money; it’s about the heart … for where your treasure is there your heart will be also. For more on this topic, read The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn.

2. I will take time to pray about and explore the causes that God is calling me to support
What do you want to accomplish? Make an appointment to personally visit some of the charities you support financially, or research some new causes that have come to your attention.

3. I will set a financial finish line with annual and lifetime giving goals
Instead of asking how much you have left over to give, you could consider flipping the script and asking how much you want to give from the start. Here’s an article to help you learn how.

Instead of asking how much you have left over to give, you could consider flipping the script and asking how much you want to give from the start.

4. I will evaluate charities doing the best work right now
Part of being a good steward is researching the charities you support and making sure your resources are being wisely implemented. Use charitynavigator.org to look up pertinent information, or call charities directly to get the answers you need.

5. I will learn more about the wisest ways to give
Did you know that giving appreciated assets like stock, business interests, and real estate can be a much wiser way to give than cash? Contact your local NCF office to find out how you can maximize your gifts this year.

We hope you have a happy new year. We’re here to help you make it the most generous one ever.

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