John Cortines and Greg Baumer, two Harvard MBAs, were on the fast track to wealth and success when they began an earnest exploration of their spiritual questions about faith and wealth. What they learned along the way transformed their thinking about money and how to give wisely. In this podcast, these two young professionals share what it means to pursue radical generosity with their growing families and how their Giving Funds with NCF are a key part of their strategy to living a generous life.
Five years ago, NCF giver, model, and author Lauren Scruggs Kennedy survived a tragic plane propellor accident that took her left arm and eye ... and changed her life forever. But through her faith in Christ and her family's support, she persevered and has become an advocate for other women who have suffered limb loss. Lauren's passion compelled her to open an NCF Giving Fund called the Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation, with a mission to to provide funds for women and girls to receive a beautiful, silicon covering for their prostheses.
Why would a pair of innovative software engineers prefer to spend an almost sleepless night once a month with Seattle's diverse homeless population? NCF givers Craig and April Chapman know what it how to give beyond the check, and not just because they give private stock. Now they’re investing their time by doing hands-on ministry, and it's brought more adventure and joy than they imagined.
When NCF giver Kim King recommended what she thought was a small grant from her Giving Fund and soon-after received a huge "thank you" call from the ministry's CEO, she knew something wasn't right. Kim did some research and found that she had mistakenly entered a comma instead of a decimal online, which made a huge difference in the amount of her grant ... and her impact.
Keith and Terri Davidson are NCF givers and owners of a prominent apartment management company in Atlanta, Georgia. Early on, their like-minded financial advisor developed a comprehensive plan that included giving appreciated stock – instead of writing checks – to their Giving Fund at NCF, which helped them save in capital gains taxes and make a bigger impact in their community.
Casey Crawford, founder and CEO of Movement Mortgage and former NFL player, started a mortgage company during the financial meltdown of 2008. His motivation was simple: he needed to feed his family. But then he heard from the Lord. The purpose of his business wasn’t to grow Casey's kingdom; it was to grow God's Kingdom. So he decided to move the profits primarily into ministry work and invest in his community and others around the world.
Missouri businessman Clyde Lear and his wife Sue made a covenant with God to invest in others by leveraging their time and treasures. One way they accomplished this was by giving part of Clyde's business to NCF before the sale, which sent more to their favorite ministries ... read more of their inspiring story.