Faithful Giving

The Heart of Planned Gifts

James W. Murphy

Oct/2022, 256 Pages, Paperback, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640654761



An interfaith guide to planned giving.

Planned gifts are typically the largest gifts received by a charity and can transform religious organizations and congregations to become more sustainable, impactful, and vibrant entities for decades to come. Encouraging planned gifts to congregations and religious organizations is essential at this time of tremendous generational wealth transfer; these gifts also provide an opportunity to enhance relationships between supporters and organizations. Many congregations and religious entities fear that they cannot raise these transformational gifts due to a lack of expertise among staff or volunteers, the limited financial resources of their constituents, or the simple discomfort of addressing ultimate issues with donors. Faithful Giving can help change those dynamics.

The book is intentionally inclusive of Christian and other faith traditions by offering several case studies from a variety of Christian denominations and other religions, including Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, and others.

JAMES W. MURPHY, a Certified Fund Raising Executive, is Managing Program Director at the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF). Active in ecumenical collaborations, he works with congregations, dioceses, and other Episcopal organizations to grow their endowments and develop their planned giving programs and various philanthropic efforts and resources. He holds a Masters in Christian Spirituality from General Theological Seminary, and a Bachelors from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He is a member of the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) and the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY). He lives in New Jersey.

“ . . . accessible, interesting, and easy to implement. I cannot give it a higher recommendation. It is now required reading for all my priests and lay leaders. Incorporate its wisdom and your ministry will flourish.” —The Living Church

“Faithful Giving is a must-read for practitioners, Imams, clergy, faithful philanthropists, and scholars of philanthropy. This book provides thoughtful insights and practical guidance from experts who daily navigate the challenges of planned giving and legal planning.” —Shariq Siddiqui JD PhD, Director, Muslim Philanthropy Initiative, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University

“Jim Murphy has taken on the challenge of outlining the planned giving opportunity for faith-based organizations and has masterfully provided a roadmap that anyone from any faith can follow.” —Kevin McGowan, Chief Financial Officer, Catholic Extension

“Having an active planned giving program is more important than ever for faith communities to thrive, grow, and plan for the future. I commend this valuable resource to all lay and clergy religious leaders who are looking for guidance and inspiration in launching a program in their own local contexts.” —Donald V. Romanik, President, Episcopal Church Foundation

“A must-have book for diverse faith-inspired charities and donors, guiding them methodically and pragmatically to reach their philanthropic goals.” —Sonia Dhami, Trustee, The Sikh Foundation International

“Faithful Giving is a wonderful book for the philanthropic community. Whether you are first starting to incorporate planned giving into your organization’s fundraising toolbox or your program has existed for years, this book provides excellent insights and guidance to jump-start your organization’s future.” —William D. Samers, Vice President of Planned Giving and Endowments, UJA-Federation of New York

“[A]n incredibly useful resource that will greatly benefit faith communities and organizations across the entire religious and cultural spectrum.” —Charles Buck, CEO of United Church Funds (UCF)

“ . . . accessible, interesting, and easy to implement. I cannot give it a higher recommendation. It is now required reading for all my priests and lay leaders. Incorporate its wisdom and your ministry will flourish.”—The Living Church

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