An interfaith guide to planned giving.
Planned gifts are typically the largest gifts received by a charity and can transform religious organizations and congregations to become more sustainable, impactful, and vibrant entities for decades to come. Encouraging planned gifts to congregations and religious organizations is essential at this time of tremendous generational wealth transfer; these gifts also provide an opportunity to enhance relationships between supporters and organizations. Many congregations and religious entities fear that they cannot raise these transformational gifts due to a lack of expertise among staff or volunteers, the limited financial resources of their constituents, or the simple discomfort of addressing ultimate issues with donors. Faithful Giving can help change those dynamics.
The book is intentionally inclusive of Christian and other faith traditions by offering several case studies from a variety of Christian denominations and other religions, including Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, and others.
"Faithful Giving is a must-read for practitioners, Imams, clergy, faithful philanthropists, and scholars of philanthropy. This book provides thoughtful insights and practical guidance from experts who daily navigate the challenges of planned giving and legal planning."
-Shariq Siddiqui JD PhD, Director, Muslim Philanthropy Initiative, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University
"Jim Murphy has taken on the challenge of outlining the planned giving opportunity for faith-based organizations and has masterfully provided a roadmap that anyone from any faith can follow."
-Kevin McGowan, Chief Financial Officer, Catholic Extension
"Having an active planned giving program is more important than ever for faith communities to thrive, grow, and plan for the future. I commend this valuable resource to all lay and clergy religious leaders who are looking for guidance and inspiration in launching a program in their own local contexts."
-Donald V. Romanik, President, Episcopal Church Foundation
"A must-have book for diverse faith-inspired charities and donors, guiding them methodically and pragmatically to reach their philanthropic goals."
-Sonia Dhami, Trustee, The Sikh Foundation International
"Faithful Giving is a wonderful book for the philanthropic community. Whether you are first starting to incorporate planned giving into your organization's fundraising toolbox or your program has existed for years, this book provides excellent insights and guidance to jump-start your organization's future."
-William D. Samers, Vice President of Planned Giving and Endowments, UJA-Federation of New York
"[A]n incredibly useful resource that will greatly benefit faith communities and organizations across the entire religious and cultural spectrum."
-Charles Buck, CEO of United Church Funds (UCF)