Financial stewardship is a key element of my spiritual journey. Together with the giving of time and energy, and with the deliberate, discerned choices about purchasing and consumption, giving financial resources to the Church and to key non-profit organizations allows family and I to give back a considered portion of that which has been given us.
My grandfather, Len, was a significant source of inspiration in this regard. Like many born in the 1920s and 30s, Len made use of little in a gentle, intentional manner. This was done in such a no-fuss, humble way (through ministry with Salvation Army, the local community, and with my mother and other family members) that stewardship and “giving” took on a heartfelt meaning early in my life-journey.
Below are a sample of organizations that our family budget contributes to. By God’s grace, may we have a fraction of Len’s generosity and thankfulness.
The Southern Poverty Law Center
“The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.” (From the SPLC website)
Kiva crowdfunds loans, unlocking “capital for the underserved, improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world. Through Kiva’s work, students can pay for tuition, women can start businesses, farmers are able to invest in equipment and families can afford needed emergency care. By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, you can be part of the solution and make a real difference in someone’s life. 100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans.” (From the Kiva website)
“The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and veganism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. In addition to publishing the Vegetarian Journal, VRG produces and sells cookbooks, other books, pamphlets, and article reprints.” (From the VRG website)