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Giving to Disaster-Relief Efforts

In a fallen world, disasters happen — and for two millennia, Christians have been at the forefront of relief efforts, helping to ease suffering and provide care in Jesus's name. Regrettably, disaster-relief fundraising
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This is Your Brain on Generosity

“You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord
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Common Questions About Donor-Advised Funds

The July issue of the Sound Mind Investing newsletter includes an article about the one of the fast-growing charitable-giving vehicles: Donor-advised funds (DAF). There are many benefits to DAFs, such as the ability to
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Letting Your Joy in God Overflow

SMI's purpose statement says, “We help individuals invest successfully and apply biblical principles to all aspects of their financial life so they will experience the joy of: providing well for their family (1 Timothy
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Fulfilling Your Purpose

Are you a “good” or “bad” investor? That can’t be answered without an understanding of an investor’s purpose. If you know the purpose of an investor is to manage money in such a way as to make it grow, but your investment
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Giving Generously While In Debt

When Karen and Scott got married, Karen had nearly $50,000 of non-mortgage debt. Scott, who was a Chicago firefighter at the time, jokingly referred to it as “a reverse dowry.” Several years before meeting Scott, Karen
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Donor-Advised Funds: A Great Tool For Tax-Efficient Giving

When crafting a plan to achieve your charitable-giving objectives, your accountant or attorney will likely consider several factors, such as flexibility, simplicity, and the ability to handle contributions of non-cash
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Passing the (Digital) Plate

Retail transactions increasingly are going cashless and even cardless, made possible by mobile payment apps such as Google Pay and Apple Wallet. Other "contactless payments" systems use different technology, but the idea
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Giving Hits a Record High – How’s Yours?

Charitable giving in the U.S. notched a new record last year, up 2.7 percent over 2015, according to a new report from Giving USA and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
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An Exciting New Opportunity for SMI Members: Personal Financial Planning via MoneyGuidePro®

Personalized financial planning offers tremendous benefits. Understandably, those benefits haven’t come cheap. But thanks to our friends at SMI Advisory Services and an
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