At the heart of Mission Increase’s work with Christian nonprofits is a biblical view of giving summarized in our “Ten Principles of Transformational Giving.” These Principles guide nonprofits toward a genuine understanding of fundraising as the building of a community and away from simply asking for money to support their work. Transformational Giving always begins with the acknowledgement of Jesus’ words found in Acts 20:35 (NIV), “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” The community that is then created between nonprofits and their champions, whom God uses to advance the Gospel, begins with love for others, faith in God’s provision, and a willingness to be led by the Holy Spirit. Transformational Giving begins as a response to God’s grace and results in an “overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:12 (NIV)
Transformational Giving is based on the abundance and trustworthiness of God, not a theology of scarcity.
God invites people to be part of his work because of his desire to see them grow in him.
Ministry leaders have a dual calling to steward the mission and grow the people God brings.
Ministry leaders coach champions according to the degree of their personal ownership in the cause.
The relationship between champion and champion is as important as the relationship between champion and organization.
Every act of giving is first and foremost a statement about the faithfulness of God.
Giving time, talent, treasure, and testimony is a result of champions being comprehensively coached in the cause.
The liberating nature of generosity means inviting champions to give is a sacred task that grows God’s kingdom.
Champions connect with organizations primarily to enhance their mutual impact on the cause.
Champions are called to be a primary means of advancing the cause.
While the TG Ten were influenced by the whole of Scripture, the verses found in this PDF are the primary passages where we find the foundation for Transformational Giving.