As Director of Donor Relations, a good portion of my time each month is spent writing notes of thanks to donors who support ICR ministries. This task is most dear to my heart, since it is a reminder of how dependent we are on our Creator and how He always provides for our needs (Philippians 4:19). I often include a Bible reference with each note, and one of my personal favorites is 2 Corinthians 9:6-7:
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
The Apostle Paul's counsel and encouragement to the Christians in Corinth still rings true today, which is why this verse is an appropriate testament to our supporters. As ICR earnestly seeks to sow our Creator's mighty message in the hearts of mankind, so too our donors "sow bountifully" with their gracious support to ensure that this vital work continues. ICR is deeply thankful for all those who share our vision through their prayer and finances (Philippians 1:3). We are especially pleased when our partners in ministry are able to "reap…bountifully" with their gifts as well. To that end, please consider the following ways you can "sow and reap bountifully" to continue the work within the Kingdom.
Matching Gift Programs
Most large companies today offer their employees and retirees the opportunity to participate in matching gift programs. As a federallyrecognized 501(c)(3) charity, ICR qualifies for programs that match gifts to educational or cultural organizations, made possible through our online master's degree program or our museum, respectively. Matching gift programs typically match dollar-for-dollar up to a certain limit, offering a wonderful opportunity to double the "bounty" of your gift. If you are an employee or retiree for a corporation that offers matching gifts, please prayerfully consider this excellent opportunity to sow bountifully to Kingdom-oriented ministries like ICR.
Charitable Gift Annuities
With rates on Certificates of Deposits (CD) hovering between 3.5 and 5 percent, Charitable Gift Annuities (CGA) currently offer much more attractive rates of return. Like a CD, these special annuities provide guaranteed income from the value of the donated asset for the life of the donor. But because the asset is given as a gift, CGAs provide additional benefits of a present tax deduction and a tax-free portion of the income stream, which CDs do not. Since CGA rates increase by age, ICR can prepare customized proposals to help you decide if a CGA is right for you. Please contact ICR if you are interested in exploring this option to sow bountifully for His service. As always, we thank you for your prayers and support.
* Mr. Morris is Director of Donor Relations.
Cite this article: Morris IV, H. 2008. Bountiful Sowing. Acts & Facts. 37 (4): 17.