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The Story of Generous GivingPlay Video
Founded in 2000 by The Maclellan Foundation, Generous Giving's mission is to spread the biblical message of generosity in order to grow generous givers among those entrusted with much. It was launched with a vision to stir a renewed, spirit-led commitment to generosity among followers of Christ through conversation. These conversations consistently allow us and our friends to discover joy in ways we didn't expect.
Our commitment is to provide safe, solicitation-free environments. We never seek donations, permit solicitation at our events, or award grants.
Learn More About UsWhen we have conversations with peers around generosity we powerfully connect to God's heart.
In the late 90's giving was at an all time low. A couple of us noticed and wanted to help reverse this trend. While considering what to do, we began meeting with people we knew who were living radically generous lives. We saw that their lives were marked by joy, freedom, and fruitfulness that we all craved. We spent time with these generous people, and what we found was that simply by having conversations with these men and women we were inspired. We saw our own paradigms about wealth shifting in beautiful ways. We began to adopt a more generous life naturally.
We began asking the question, "What if more of us had these conversations? Imagine if others experienced the joy, freedom and fruitfulness these friends are experiencing. Imagine new family legacies built on generosity with new generations of children growing up with this rich tradition. Imagine all the resources we could free up. Imagine all the good we could do." So we invited more friends into the conversations with us. Every time we get together we find that our hearts transform and our lives change.
In 2000 the Maclellan Foundation stepped in to help make Generous Giving a safe and neutral place, funding our entire budget and in 2016, the Murdock Trust joined the Maclellan Foundation in helping underwrite the ongoing work of Generous Giving. We are still privately funded today, so we never have to raise money at any of our events, ever.
Our goal remains the same today as it did when we began. We want to help people live radically generous lives through encountering the biblical message of generosity in conversations with peers. Join us.
In 2006, recognizing the importance of women in the generosity conversation, Generous Giving hired two executive women to intentionally develop a strategy and reach out to women interested in living a life of biblical generosity. Over the years we have continued to hire female leaders, not only understanding the balance and value women leaders bring to the conversation, but more importantly, to reflect the customers we serve.
Starting in 2017, to further deepen their continuing commitment to reach both men and women, Generous Giving had the opportunity to acquire Women Doing Well™ as a supporting organization. This partnership allows each organization, through their unique talents and skills, to reach women, men, their families and communities with the life-changing message of generosity.
We fully believe that we are better together but we also recognize the unique roles and realities of women. Women Doing Well serves single, married, or widowed women who are interested in growing in their generosity journeys through unique women-focused events, workshops, and other resources. Generous Giving continues to serve men, women, couples and families with the message of generosity.
Everyone involved in Generous Giving has a passion for unleashing the message of generosity.
By 2025, the vast majority of wealthy Christians will have heard the biblical message of generosity. God will have used Generous Giving to drive the message forward, with thousands of engaged volunteers hosting and facilitating thousands of JOGs per year.
Generous Giving will inspire and motivate wealthy Christians to give extravagantly, such that they voluntarily limit their spending and saving, driven by love, in order to see God’s kingdom come on earth.
This new giving will create a radical shift in the Christian culture of the United States:
Tens of thousands of people will have asked and answered the question “How much is enough?” Younger people will be making this decision before they get caught up in the bondage of stuff.
Wealthy Christians will be known for extravagant generosity, not for their consumption or accumulation. Giving will be the new normal within growing segments of the church.
JOG participants will be influencing their local church in such a way that pastors are excited to teach on the biblical message of generosity, and churches are celebrating it regularly.
Christian giving will be so stunning and countercultural that major news sources will report it. More importantly, people will be coming to know Jesus because the generosity of Christians is so compelling that they want to know the God who inspires it.
In addition to culture being shaped, individuals will be transformed and find greater joy, freedom, and purpose as they trade away saving and consuming on earth for eternal treasure in heaven. As a result, tens of billions of dollars will be released for God’s Kingdom —sharing the gospel, caring for the sick, feeding the hungry, and healing the world.
We are not affiliated with any one denomination or church. We believe in the biblical message of generosity.
Our goal is to spread the message of generosity in a safe and neutral way while still allowing for radical life transformation as God directs. In order for this to happen effectively, everything we do is guided by six core beliefs and eight core principles.
What is Generous Giving?
Founded in 2000 by The Maclellan Foundation, Generous Giving’s mission is to spread the biblical message of generosity in order to grow generous givers among those entrusted with much. It was launched with a vision to stir a renewed, spirit-led commitment to generosity among followers of Christ through conversation. These conversations consistently lead to our friends discovering joy and in ways they didn’t expect. Our commitment is to provide safe, solicitation-free environments. We never seek donations, permit solicitation at our events or award grants.
How are you different from other stewardship ministries?
Generous Giving is one of several ministries committed to teaching and promoting Christian generosity. We are blessed to work in cooperation with other stewardship ministry partners; they work within their areas of strength and we work within ours. While we have a few things in common with these other groups, there are significant differences that make our work necessary: First, we focus on building the faith of givers themselves rather than raising funds. Second, we focus specifically on giving and generosity rather than budgeting, saving, investing, debt reduction and other aspects of stewardship.
How are Generous Giving and Women Doing Well™ connected?
Women Doing Well™ is a supporting organization of Generous Giving. This partnership allows each organization, through their unique talents and skills, to reach women, men, their families and communities with the life-changing message of generosity. Women Doing Well serves single, married or widowed women are interested in growing in their generosity journeys in the unique environment provided by women-focused events, workshops, and resources. Generous Giving continues to serve men, women, couples and families with the message of generosity. For more information about Women Doing Well™, please visit their website: http://www.womendoingwell.org/
Is Generous Giving affiliated with any specific church or denomination?
No. Generous Giving is an independent, nonprofit ministry that acknowledges and accepts the truths of biblical and historic Christianity. The Lausanne Covenant is an excellent statement on the beliefs of evangelical Christians.