Charity Commons: The Christian View on Radical Generosity

Charity Commons: The Christian View on Radical Generosity

The “Charity Commons” Series features sector experts sharing their perspective on the interaction of giving and the understanding of human flourishing: science, philosophy, human behavior, spirituality and religion, etc.

 

This post is written by John Cortines, who is is the co-author of God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School. All book royalties are given to charity. John lives in Orlando with his family and works for Generous Giving. He has shared the Christian message of generosity on national radio, TV, and at conferences around the country.

 

 

“Keep your life free from love of money.”1

 “Sell all that you have […]

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Charity Commons: Civilization Built on Giving, Not Competition

Charity Commons: Civilization Built on Giving, Not Competition

The “Charity Commons” Series features sector experts sharing their perspective on the interaction of giving and the understanding of human flourishing: science, philosophy, human behavior, spirituality and religion, etc.

 

This post was written by Dr. Michael Kraus, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management. His research covers areas of cooperative and competitive human interaction, including charitable giving behavior.

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection might be the single most well-known theory in the history of science. For you, the theory might conjure up notions of animals rapidly adjusting their behaviors to harsh environments, and active, often aggressive, competition between […]

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Can Money Buy Happiness? Yes, Through Giving.

Can Money Buy Happiness? Yes, Through Giving.

Quoted from the Guardian (UK):
When Markus Persson, creator of Minecraft, sold his gaming company to Microsoft for £2.5bn in 2014, it didn’t give him the huge happiness boost you might expect, as his tweet from August 2015 showed: “Hanging out in Ibiza with a bunch of friends and partying with famous people, able to do whatever I want, and I’ve never felt more isolated.”

 

Many people think having lots of money will lead to more happiness. A national study across all incomes asked what people thought would bring them happiness. Participants predicted spending money on themselves would make them happier than […]

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3 Ways Charity Funds Put Donors In the Driver’s Seat

3 Ways Charity Funds Put Donors In the Driver’s Seat

In previous posts I’ve shared with you the pain points that sparked this passion and the change needed to transform donors into vested partners for good. Today I want to tell you exactly how our Charity Funds will (1) make giving a fantastic experience, (2) increase the impact of giving over time, and (3) lower costs for nonprofits.

 

What’s a Charity Fund? Great question. 

 

Charity Funds function as your own checking account for giving, or your own personal “foundation.” You place money in your Charity Fund, it becomes instantly tax deductible, and then you can distribute it to any 501c3 (yes, we’ll have […]

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Stop Donating: Why We’re Transforming Giving

Stop Donating: Why We’re Transforming Giving

No one wants to be a mere donor.

 

No one wants to think that all they did was part with money. The whole point is that we want to make the world better.

 

We want giving to actually drive change, locally and globally. We want our resources to directly equip, enable, and advance the causes we’re most passionate about. Giving simply must be about impact.

 

One of the reasons donors don’t give, give little, or give exclusively to large, established organizations is because they have little idea what impact their money will have. There’s nothing that makes them feel truly a part […]

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Why I Founded a Startup at Yale to Improve Charitable Giving

Why I Founded a Startup at Yale to Improve Charitable Giving

I believe charitable giving can be better. I believe it should be better.

 

My name is Stephen Kump. I’m currently an MBA student at Yale and an officer in the Georgia Army National Guard, and I recently founded Charityvest, a nonprofit tech venture on a mission to improve charitable giving. We were recently awarded a fellowship from Yale to make Charityvest a reality. I’d like to tell you why I believe we need it.

 

Since we’ve been married, my wife and I have pledged to give away a percentage of our income. It’s our conviction to do our best to bless others […]

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