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Our goal is to transform lives for Christ, not only in the ministries that receive training and grants, but for you the donor as well. We want to enable you to become a more effective steward, to grow stronger spiritually, and to impact more lives as you serve in God’s kingdom. While our foundation process and resources are available to our partner donors to empower them to make great gifts and to know that their giving is strategic and helping recipients grow stronger, we want to help all of God's people maximize the effectiveness of their giving.
Regardless of whether or not you choose to partner with Mission Increase Foundation, we hope you will use these stewardship tools to transform how you give.
Scriptural Principles of Giving
Transformational Giving is about the heart of the donor. The Bible offers some great perspectives on giving and what our heart attitudes should be. Check here for a more in-depth look at the spiritual principles involved in giving.
This giving survey can help you process through your own giving values and interests. We hope that as you use this survey, you will know and understand your giving passions better, and you will gain a greater understanding of God’s design for you and your giving. It is God who gave you wealth. This survey is just the starting point to help you link your God-given passions and your giving, and to fully experience great giving.
This giving survey is divided into four parts:
- Part one is a Personal Giving Interest Checklist to help you define what ministries or what type of ministries you like to serve financially.
- Parts two and three deal with Geographical Giving Interests and Types of Giving. Perhaps you prefer to give to missions in a specific country, or you might like to give to special projects. These sections help to define specific giving interests.
- Part four consists of questions to help you put your Giving Passions on paper, and to help you hear what God may be calling you to do.
If you are married, we strongly suggest you discuss these with your spouse and record your combined answers. It is normal to discover you have unique interests and values. This provides a great tool to discuss deeper issues of life and things that have true eternal value.
Our desire and prayer is that this survey will be a useful tool to help you become a greater steward and find greater joy and meaning in all your giving. It is truly better to give.
If you would like to complete this giving survey online, please click here.
The following are links websites you may find helpful in evaluating ministries you may want to support.
GuideStar provides information on over 1.7 million nonprofit organizations, including information about their mission, programs, leaders, 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, and relevant IRS tax filings.
- Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator currently evaluates more than 5,200 charities in the United States in addition to hundreds of organizations with international operations. Charity Navigator examines two broad areas of a charity's financial health -- how responsibly it functions day to day as well as how well positioned it is to sustain its programs over time.
- Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
ECFA is an accreditation agency dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public’s trust through adherence to seven standards of responsible stewardship.
MinistryWatch is an online database with profiles on more than 400 of the largest church and parachurch ministries in the United States. It lets you quickly and conveniently find information on ministries which interest you - allowing you to identify whom you want to support.
- The Treasure Principle: Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving - Randy Alcorn
- The Eternity Portfolio - Alan Gotthardt
Featured Case Study
Icthus International struggled to acquire new donors and had little to no
support from major donors. Icthus skeptically came to Mission Increase,
unsure if anyone could help them raise needed funds.
There are many great books on fundraising and nonprofit management. Here are some that Mission Increase Foundation has found particularly beneficial to ministries in all stages of development.