Donations provided to BGU this month will be matched by the BGU Board of Directors up to $40K. Each year, BGU receives donations of all sizes from six continents. Please visit Giving – Bakke Graduate University for more information.
Too often we see certain regions of the world always giving money and other regions always receiving money. These entrenched patterns create unhealthy dependent mindsets that rob the perpetual receivers of the joy of giving. As a result, often the money that is generously given to energize the gospel instead disempowers those on the front lines and donations don’t attain what is intended.*
In response, BGU students are taught practical skills on how to raise local funding through donations or business ventures. This local funding creates trust through local relationships that builds a communion of giving and receiving and local accountability that helps direct outside gifts wisely. In poor economies this local community of giving may provide a small percentage of the total need, yet it still disrupts
patterns of dependency in significant ways. This core foundation of local giving increases trust with outside givers as they see healthy local relationships, governance and accountability.
BGU’s fundraising training has been a welcome change of perspective with practical results. BGU has been asked to expand the training and coaching to national teams with BGU partners in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Central Europe, the Pacific Islands and beyond. Participants report the coaching provides them with a whole new mindset about fundraising, and opens up new avenues of hope and generosity in their own lives.
As you prayerfully consider a year-end gift to BGU, realize your gift is leveraged by a matching gift; multiplied by gifts from around the world, and sponsors strategic fundraising training empowering local teams in the poorest regions of the world.
Thank you for joining this unique global family as we all grow in generosity and the joy of giving.
* All BGU students study this pattern in books such as: S. Corbett and B. Fikkert (2014) When Helping Hurts; and R. Lupton (2012) Toxic Charity.