Giving is intended to bring pleasure. Jesus said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. The Apostle Paul writes: “God loves a cheerful giver”.
Unfortunately, the joy of giving is often lost in the feelings of obligation or manipulation. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, Paul instructs:
“Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Does your giving bring you pleasure?
There are basically two types of giving, “charitable giving” and “philanthropic giving”. Both are valuable and both can bring a certain amount of joy. Charitable giving is typically centered on a need while philanthropic giving flows out of a vision. The one factor that sets them apart is the intensity of the giver’s passion. The greater your passion for the cause you are giving to, the greater your sense of pleasure and fulfillment. If you have no passion, you will have no pleasure in your giving.
Summit Leadership Foundation connects the right people and the right resources. We intentionally use the qualifier “right” before people and resources because individual passion and giftedness are essential in getting the most out of your giving. Summit provides “connecting” and “consulting” services without charge to donors who would like to explore opportunities to give to causes in our community that best connect to their passion. Our services include assisting donors in the distribution of stock gifts, real estate, and In-kind donations.
Finally, if the ministry of Summit Leadership Foundation stirs your heart, I would ask you to give as God directs you. We are able to provide our services without charge because of the generous giving of friends of this ministry. You may or may not be passionate about Summit and that’s OK. God has placed unique passions in your heart and designed you to gain pleasure from giving. Follow your heart and generously give according to your passion. <make a donation>