The Scriptures are packed with Bible verses about giving and tithing in the bible that can be used during the offering, put in daily devotions, shared in your church app, and much more, but we need not stop there.
Inspirational quotes have been motivating us since the beginning of time! Many amazing individuals throughout the ages have coined phrases that stuck and turned into quotes that have moved us.
They provide motivation, encouragement, truth, and instruction. The words and language used can move our hearts and minds to get through tough times, make a big change, persevere through a loss, have a break through, muster up the courage to have a tough conversation, and so much more.
Our hope is that the Christian quotes and sayings about the heart of generosity from some of the most inspirational and thought provoking thinkers and doers of all time will help you in your situation and season of life!
Budgeting & Contentment
- Be sure to budget! It is always better to know where your money is suppose to go rather than asking where it went.
- Beware of little expenses: a small leak will sink a great ship.
- One man commented, “I’m a walking economy. My hairline’s in recession, my waist is a victim of inflation, and together they’re putting me in a deep depression!”
- A recession is a period when sales go down and staff meetings go up.
- There are only two ways to become richer: Spend less than you make OR make more than you spend.
- When it comes to money, always be sure to act your wage.
- A joint checking account is never overdrawn by the wife; it’s just under-deposited by her husband.
- The trouble with most people is their earning capacity doesn't match their yearning capacity.
- The safest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your pocket.
- If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy.
- Remember: The most important things in life aren’t things and the best things in life are always free.
- Where God guides, He provides. What God orders, He pays for.
- Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
- DEFINITION: Luxury = something that someone else has that I don’t have — everything I have, I need.
- It's not the high cost of living, it's the cost of living too high that gets most people in trouble.
- Many people spend money on things they don't need, with money they don't have, to try and impress people they don't like.
- A good architect can improve the looks of your house merely by discussing the cost of a new one.
- When your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will lead to your downfall.
- The only sure path to financial stability and success is to spend less than you earn for a long, long time. Ron Blue
- We're living in a land of plenty—Everything costs plenty.
- Twenty-five years ago $50,000 bought a lot of house. Today it buys a lot.
- A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours.
- I read something the other day that made me cry - - my quarterly investment and pension statements.
- “The principal hindrance to the advancement of the kingdom of God is greed. It is the chief obstacle to heaven-sent revival. It seems that when the back of greed is broken, the human spirit soars into regions of unselfishness. I believe that it is safe to say there can be no continuous revival without ‘hilarious’ giving. And I fear no contradiction: wherever there is ‘hilarious’ giving there will soon be revival!” — O.S. Hawkins, U.S. Baptist pastor
- “Take it from me. I went down the road of ‘be all you can be, realize your dreams,’ and I’m telling you that fame and fortune are not what they’re cracked up to be. We live in a society that seems to value only physical things, only ephemeral things. People will do anything to get on these reality shows and talent contests on TV. We’re obsessed.” — Madonna (1958), American pop music icon
- “I have made many millions, but they have brought me no happiness.” — John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (1839-1937), American industrialist and philanthropist
- People who play the market are often led astray by false profits.
- You know your stock investments are in trouble when your favorite companies stop appearing in the newspaper business section and start appearing in the political cartoons or classified ad legal notices.
- “Be charitable before wealth makes thee covetous.” — Sir Thomas Browne (1605-82), English writer
- “Millionaires seldom smile.” — Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), American industrialist and philanthropist
- “I was happier when I was doing a mechanic’s job.” — Henry Ford (1863-1947), American industrialist
- “Charity gives itself rich; covetousness hoards itself poor.” — German Proverb
Money & Possessions
- A Christian can never serve God AND Money, but they must learn to serve God WITH money. Brian Kluth, Pastor and Generosity Speaker-Author
- The best investment is in the tools of one's own trade.
- The poorest man in the world is the man who has nothing but money.
- If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy.
- Money isn't everything, but it sure keeps you in touch with the children.
- “A checkbook is a theological document, it will tell you who and what you worship.” Billy Graham
- “Money talks. It says ‘good-bye’. If you doubt this, answer the question, ‘How much money did I make in the last 10 years?’ Then answer, ‘How much do I have left?” Also ask, “And how much do I have stored in heaven?” Brian Kluth, Pastor and Generosity Speaker-Author
- People go through 3 conversions: their head, their heart and their pocketbook. Unfortunately, not all at the same time. Martin Luther
- The most expensive vehicle to operate, per mile, is the shopping cart.
- A “bargain” is something you can't use at a price you can't resist.
- A Christian is one who does not have to consult his bank book to see how wealthy he really is.
- Money can buy a house, but not a home.
- Money can buy a bed, but not sleep. Money can buy a wedding ring, but not love. Money can buy a clock, but not time. Money can buy an education, but not wisdom. Money can buy jewelry, but not beauty. Money can buy insurance, but not safety. Money can buy a crucifix, but not a Savior.
- A dad is a man who has replaced the money in his wallet with snapshots of his family.
- If we belong to Christ, it's logical that everything we have truly belongs to Him.
- Your use of money shows what you think of God.
- The world asks: "What does a man own?" God asks, “How does he use what he’s been given?”
- You know what a YUPPIE is (Young Upcoming Professional), but have you ever heard of DINK’s & WOOF’s? D.I.N.K.s = Double Income, No Kids. W.O.O.F.’s = Well Off Older Folks
- The real measure of our wealth is how much we'd be worth if we lost all our money.
- Hard work is the yeast that raises the dough.
- Many people spend most of their life losing their health to try and gain wealth, and then spend the end of their life losing their wealth trying to gain their health.
- When a man becomes rich, either God gains a partner or the man loses a soul.
- Life insurance is what keeps a man poor all of this life so he can die rich.
- You are only poor when you want more than you have.
- In every insurance policy the big print giveth and the small print taketh away.
Credit & Borrowing
- Credit is what keeps you from knowing how far past broke you are.
- Those who think money grows on trees are the ones who have a hard time getting out of the woods.
- Number of years it takes to pay off an $8,000 18% credit card balance with minimal monthly payments: 54 years
- People who live beyond their means must always be given a lot of credit.
- If you think nobody cares you are alive, just miss a couple monthly payments.
- Many people have finally realized that money can't buy happiness. Now they're trying credit cards.
- Before you borrow money from a friend, decide which you need more.
- There are bigger things in life than money -- bills.
- Sign in the store window: Use our easy credit plan – 100% down and 0% monthly payments.
- "I have to have a raise," the man said to his boss. "Three other companies after me." "Is that so?" asked the manager. "What other companies are after you?" "My mortgage company, the electric company, and the telephone company."
- Car sickness is what some adults suffer from every month when they have to make their car payment.
- By the time some people discover that money doesn't grow on trees, they are already way out on a limb.
- “Money is a great treasure that only increases as you give it away.” — Lord Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English philosopher and scientist
- These days it’s easy to buy a $50,000 car, just buy a $15,000 car with 48 monthly payments!
- “We can either use our money to serve our God or our god will be our money.” — Denny & Leesa Bellesi, from Kingdom Assignment
- “What I possess, God owns.” — Howard Dayton, co-founder of Crown Financial Ministries
- “I would as soon leave to my son a curse as the almighty dollar.” — Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), American industrialist and philanthropist
- “Without a rich heart wealth is an ugly beggar.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82), American writer, philosopher and poet
- “If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.” — Billy Graham, American evangelist
- “Give me five minutes with a person’s checkbook, and I will tell you where their heart is.” — Billy Graham, American evangelist
- “I find all this money a considerable burden.” — J. Paul Getty (1892-1976), American oil industrialist
- “I have watched hundreds of Christians in my time become financially blessed then develop an acquisitive streak that in turn makes their souls as metallic as the coins they seek.” — Selwyn Hughes, English pastor and author
- “I’ve just been a machine for making money. I seem to have spent my life in a golden tunnel looking for the outlet which would lead to happiness. But the tunnel kept going on. After my death there will be nothing left.” — Aristotle Onassis (1906-75), Greek ship owner and financier
- “The world asks, ‘What does a man own?’ Christ asks, ‘How does he use it?’ ” — Andrew Murray (1828-1917), South African evangelist and writer
- “He who is not liberal with what he has, does but deceive himself when he thinks he would be liberal if he had more.” — William S. Plumer, Christian author
- “What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.” — Seneca (4 B.C.-65 A.D.), Roman philosopher and poet
- “If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.” — Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Greek philosopher
- “Money never stays with me. It would burn me if it did. I throw it out of my hands as soon as possible, lest it should find its way into my heart.” — John Wesley (1703-91), English evangelist and founder of Methodism
- “I finally know what distinguishes man from the other beasts: financial worries.” — Jules Renard (1864-1910), French writer
- “We should travel light and live simply. Our enemy is not possessions but excess.” — John R.W. Stott (1921-), English pastor and evangelist
God’s Lordship and Ownership
- “Stewardship is the act of organizing your life so that God can spend you.” — Lynn A. Miller, author
- A lot of people are willing to give God the credit, but not too many are willing to give Him the cash.
- “One of the greatest missing teachings in the American church today is the reminder to men and women that nothing we have belongs to us.” — Gordon MacDonald, American pastor and teacher
- “When money is sent to me for my own use, I pass it on to God. As much as five thousand dollars has thus been sent at one time; but I do not regard such gifts as belonging to me; they belong to Him, whose I am and whom I serve. Save for myself? I dare not save; it would dishonor my loving, gracious, all bountiful Father.” — George Mueller (1805-98), English pastor and ministry leader
- “I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” — Martin Luther (1483-1546), German reformer and theologian
Prosperity and Poverty
- “He who bestows his goods upon the poor shall have as much again, and ten times more.” — John Bunyan (1628-88), English Puritan writer and preacher
- “A man there was, and they called him mad; the more he gave, the more he had.” — John Bunyan (1628-88), English Puritan writer and preacher
- "Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity.” — Henry Ward Beecher (1813-87), American abolitionist and clergyman
- “Prosperity inebriates men, so that they take delights in their own merits.” — John Calvin (1509-64), French theologian and reformer
- “Why should men leave great fortunes to their children? If this is done from affection, is it not misguided affection? Observation teaches that, generally speaking, it is not well for the children that they should be so burdened.” — Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), American industrialist and philanthropist
- “Nothing is more dangerous than to be blinded by prosperity.” — John Calvin (1509-64), French theologian and reformer
- We are rich only through what we give: and poor only through what we refuse and keep.” — Anne Swetchine (1782-1857), Russian-French writer
- “Thousands upon thousands are yearly brought into a state of real poverty by their great anxiety not to be thought poor.” — William Corbett (1680-1748), English composer
- “Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.” — Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), American industrialist and philanthropist
- “Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances ... which make philanthropy necessary.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-68)
- “I shovel [money] out, and God shovels it back ... but God has a bigger shovel!” — R.G. LeTourneau (1888-1969), American inventor
- “The fellow that has no money is poor. The fellow that has nothing but money is poorer still.” — Billy Sunday (1862-1935), American revivalist
Funding the Great Commission
- “Americans are especially vulnerable to an appeal that says, ‘Give us your dollars, but not your sons and daughters.’ If we do that, missionary vision will die within a generation, and the dollars will also eventually stop.” — Roger Hedlund, author
- “I believe with all of my heart that God’s people possess God’s provision to accomplish and fulfill God’s purposes in the world.” — Joel Vestal, founder of ServLife International
- “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.” — J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905), English missionary to China
- “I will place no value on anything I have or possess except in relation to the Kingdom of Christ. If anything I have will advance that Kingdom, it shall be given or kept whichever will best promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes, both for time and eternity.” — David Livingstone (1813-73), English missionary and explorer of Africa
- With the millions of dollars being wasted in Las Vegas gambling casinos, they should change the name of Las Vegas to “Lost Wages, Nevada.”
- Lottery = A voluntary tax for people that are bad at math.
- $650,000,000,000 ($650 billion) was spent on legalized gambling in 1997 compared to $450,000,000,000 spent in grocery stores. This $650 billion represents $2300 spent annually for every man, boy, woman and girl in America. Source: U.S. Abstract as reported by Focus on the Family.
Biblical Generosity & Tithing
- No church ever has a money problem, only a faithfulness problem. — Brian Kluth, Pastor and Generosity Speaker & Author
- When you give to God, you discover that God gives to you.
- “I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week.” — John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (1839-1937), American industrialist and philanthropist
- When it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing.
- Giving to God is a grace—but not giving to God is a disgrace.
- What I kept, I lost. What I gave, I have.
- There's no good reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. — Col. Sanders, Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken
- If a pauper gives to God, he’ll feel like a prince. If a prince doesn’t give to God, he’ll feel like a pauper.
- "I have observed 100,000 families over my years of investment counseling. I always saw greater prosperity and happiness among those families who tithed than among those who didn't." Sir John Templeton, chairman of Templeton Funds
- When we give to God, we are just taking our hands off what already belongs to Him.
- You should give according to your income, lest God make your income according to your giving.
- Give to God what's right--not what's left.
- Some people give God a tenth—a tenth of what they ought to give.
- There are no pockets in a shroud and no U-hauls behind a hearse.
- Do yer givin’, while yer livin’, so you’ll be knowin’ where its goin’.
- Two things ruin a church--loose living and tight giving.
- “If a thief helps a poor man out of the spoils of his thieving, we must not call that charity.” — Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet
- When it comes to giving until it hurts, most people have a very low threshold of pain.
- Seek joy in what you give not in what you get.
- God looks at the heart, not the hand--the giver, not the gift.
- If everyone in your church followed your pattern of giving, would your church receive a token, a tip or a tithe? — Brian Kluth, Pastor and Generosity Speaker & Author
- Some people say, “Give till it hurts.” But God recommends that we give until it feels good. God loves a cheerful giver! — Brian Kluth, Pastor and Generosity Speaker & Author
- Thank the Lord that you can give instead of depending on others to give to you.
- With the price of everything else going up these days, aren’t you glad the Lord hasn’t increased the tithe to 15%?
- Real charity doesn’t care if it’s tax deductible or not.
- The Dead Sea is the dead sea because it continually receives and never gives.
- “Wealth shines in giving rather than in hoarding: for the miser is hateful, whereas the generous man is applauded.” — [Anicius Manlius Severinus] Boethius (480-524?), Roman statesman and philosopher and Christian martyr
- Charity begins at home and generally dies from lack of outdoor exercise.
- “Do not give, as many rich men do, like a hen that lays her eggs ... and then cackles.” — Henry Ward Beecher (1813-87), American abolitionist and clergyman
- “One of the reasons churches in North America have trouble guiding people about money is that the church’s economy is built on consumerism. If churches see themselves as suppliers of religious goods and services and their congregants as consumers, then offerings are ‘payment.’ ” — Doug Pagitt, pastor
- “You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” — John Bunyan (1628-88), English Puritan writer and preacher
- “My take on tithing in America is that it’s a middle-class way of robbing God. Tithing to the church and spending the rest on your family is not a Christian goal. It’s a diversion. The real issue is: How shall we use God’s trust fund—namely, all we have—for His glory? In a world with so much misery, what lifestyle should we call our people to live? What example are we setting?” — John Piper (1946-), pastor and author
- “Examples are few of men ruined by giving.” — Christian Bovée
- “Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.” — Jean de La Bruyère (1645-96), French writer
- “Getters generally don’t get happiness; givers get it.” — Charles H. Burr
- “I was once young and now I am old, but not once have I been witness to God’s failure to supply my need when first I had given for the furtherance of His work. He has never failed in His promise, so I cannot fail in my service to Him.” — William Carey (1761-1834), Baptist missionary to India
- “Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.” — Barbara Bush (1925-), former American first lady
- “You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.” — Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), missionary to India
- “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British wartime prime minister and statesman
- “It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than it is to earn it in the first place.” — Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), American industrialist and philanthropist .
- “Give naught, get same. Give much, get same.” — Malcolm Forbes (1919-90), American publisher
- “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” — Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), 30th U.S. president
- “No one has ever become poor by giving.” — Anne Frank (1929-45), Jewish Dutch diarist during Nazi occupation
- “Give what you have. To someone it may be better than you dare to think.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82), American writer and poet
- “Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear.” — Horace Mann (1796-1859), American educator and politician
- “No one is so generous as he who has nothing to give.” — French Proverb
- “Dearest lord, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost.” — Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), Jesuit founder
- “The only investment I ever made which has paid consistently increasing dividends is the money I have given to the Lord.” — James L. Kraft (1874-1953), Kraft-Phoenix Cheese Corp. chairman
- “I am convinced that the devil has caused the subject of giving to stir up resistance and resentment among God’s people because he knows there are few ways of spiritual enrichment like the exercise of faithful stewardship.” — Stephen Olford, preacher and author
- “To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001), American aviatrix and writer
- “A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.” — Jack London (1876-1916), American novelist
- "Our culture values the size of the gift, but God values the size of what we keep." — Ed Owens, Chicago fund manager
- “Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.” — John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874-1960), American industrialist and philanthropist
- “He that gives all, though but little, gives much; because God looks not to the quantity of the gift, but to the quality of the givers.” — Francis Quarles (1592-1644), author
- “I believe it is every man’s religious duty to get all he can honestly and to give all he can.” — John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (1839-1937), American industrialist and philanthropist
- “Never measure your generosity by what you give, but rather by what you have left.” — Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979), Roman Catholic bishop
- “Generosity is to materialism what kryptonite is to Superman.” — Lloyd Shadrach, pastor and author
- “We can all be stimulated to greater generosity by the known generosity of others.” — John R.W. Stott (1921-), English pastor and evangelist
- “The measure of a life is not its duration, but its donation.” — Peter Marshall (1902-49), former U.S. Senate chaplain
- “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” — Mother Teresa (1910-97), Catholic missionary to India
- “If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.” — Robert South (1634-1716), English clergyman
- “Giving is true loving.” — Charles Spurgeon (1834-92), English Baptist preacher
- “Even if I give the whole of my worth to Him, He will find a way to give back to me much more than I gave.” — Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92), English Baptist preacher
- “When I die, if I leave behind me ten pounds ... you and all mankind [may] bear witness against me, that I have lived and died a thief and a robber.” — John Wesley (1703-91), English evangelist and founder of Methodism
- “Earn as much as you can. Save as much as you can. Invest as much as you can. Give as much as you can.” — John Wesley (1703-91), English evangelist and founder of Methodism
- “What the Bible says is really true—it’s better to give than to receive.” — Ted Turner (1938-), media mogul and philanthropist
- “Giving is more than a responsibility—it is a privilege; more than an act of obedience—it is evidence of our faith.” — William Arthur Ward (1921-94), American educator
- “If I cannot give bountifully, yet will I give freely.” — Arthur Warwick
- “Charitable giving should be a spiritual, rather than an economic decision. Economically, charitable giving never pays.” — Ron Blue (1942-), Christian financial planner
- Our real worth is what will be ours in eternity.
- “The return we reap from generous actions is not always evident.” — Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540), Italian historian and statesman
- “Looking for the reward of good works, we must wait patiently till the last day, the day of resurrection.” — John Calvin (1509-64), French theologian and reformer
- “You only get to keep what you give away.” — Sheldon Kopp, author
- “I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.” — John Wesley (1703-91), English evangelist and founder of Methodism
- “He who gives while he lives, gets to know where it goes.” — Percy Ross (1916-2001), American philanthropist
Honesty & Taxes
- How much better to be honestly poor than questionably rich.
- The IRS has come up with a simplified 1040 form. There’s only 2 lines. Line 1: How much did you make last year? Line 2: Send it in.
- An honest letter was sent to the Internal Revenue Service It stated: "Dear Sirs: I cannot sleep. Last year, when I filed my income tax return, I deliberately misrepresented my income. Now I cannot sleep. Enclosed is a check for $150 for taxes. If I still cannot sleep, I will send you the rest!"
- More than 1 in 4 said they would lie to get a job.
- Deception – 32% of American’s would not report $2000 of money made on the side to the IRS.
- You should file your income tax, not chisel it.
- Income is a small matter to me--especially after taxes.
- The “Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth,” a study of the attitudes and habits of 8,600 students in grades 9 through 12, found:
- 7 in 10 students admitted cheating on a test at least once within the past year.
- 92 percent had lied to their parents in the past year.
- 78 percent had lied to their teachers.
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Why Write Church Donation Letters?
In a previous blog post, I shared the different ways your church can thank donors—from automated emails to year-end giving reports. Printed donation letters also play an essential role in your church’s stewardship efforts.
Donation letters are the Swiss Army knife of your church’s gratitude arsenal. It may not be the most powerful—but it’s versatile, handy, and gets used often.
Your basic church donation letter can serve many different purposes, including:
- Acknowledging that you received a donation
- Thanking the giver for being generous with their finances
- Sharing other ways the person can support your church
- Allowing the donor to write the gift off on their taxes
- Encouraging supporters to make recurring donations
- Requesting future donations from church members
A single, well-crafted donation letter can pull together several of these things simultaneously. Better donation letters lead to more giving, which leads to more donation letters—thus creating a cycle of on-going church generosity.
Church Donation Letter Samples
Here’s the good news—you don’t have to write an individualized letter for every person who gives to your church. That would be tough to do for even smaller churches. And most donors don’t expect you to. They’d rather you be putting their gift to better use in the community, instead of ceaselessly writing thank you notes.
With the possible exception of some unique circumstances, your church can use template language for the majority of your church donation letters. You’ll have to add in custom details like the donor’s name and gift amount, but you can write everything else in advance.
To make this even easier on you, here are a few basic church donation letter templates you can copy and paste. Keep in mind that not all of these have to be in print—you could just as easily turn some of these samples into email appeals.
1. Donation Acknowledgment Letter
The Donation Acknowledgement Letter is a basic way you can confirm and affirm a monetary gift to your church. Sending these is standard practice in church and nonprofit culture.
Dear [first name],
I want to personally thank you for your donation of [gift amount] to [church name]. We’re honored you would bless us with your generosity. Donations like yours make a big difference in the work our church is doing in the community.
Without givers like you, our church can’t have an impact or influence in our community. With your support, we’re partnering with local nonprofits, sending out global mission trips, and hosting small groups on topics that help real people like you. Together, we can make a difference.
Because we’re a tax-exempt nonprofit, you also get to write this donation off on your taxes. This letter serves as official proof of your donation, so keep it in your records come tax season. At the end of the year, we’ll also send you an annual recap with how much you’ve given to the church.
Thank you for supporting [church name]!
2. Donation Request Letter
Not every church member realizes the importance of giving, or understand Bible verses about tithing and giving. So a Donation Request Letter helps to spread that awareness and encourage a spirit of generosity.
Dear [first name],
How are the finances in your household? That was a rhetorical question, so you don’t have to answer—besides, this is a letter so we wouldn’t hear you anyway. But we still want you to think about that question.
Money is a uniquely human issue, one we all struggle with to one degree or another. Even if you’re financially blessed, you still have the burden of stewarding your money wisely. And we believe that one of the best ways to invest your money is into the local church.
Tithing (giving 10% of your income) on a regular basis not only supports the work we do at [church name]. It doesn’t just support local missions and community growth. It also shows an obedience to God by making his work a financial priority in your life.
So if you find yourself ready to put God first in both your heart and your wallet, we encourage you to make a one-time gift or sign up to make recurring donations. That way, you won’t have to ever wonder again about the financial status of your household.
3. Monthly Giving Letter
Many church donations aren’t just one-time gifts. Plenty of givers contribute monthly—and that should be acknowledged.
Use this template to correspond with recurring givers.
Dear [first name],
Thank you for being an active and faithful member of our church community. By giving to our church on a monthly basis, you’re showing that our church has a meaningful place in your heart. We just wanted to write this to let you know that you’re in our heart, too.
Donating to the church monthly allows us to preach the gospel, make disciples, and support others in our community who need help. Others like the local food bank and the nearby homeless shelter. We’re answering the cry of the needy, and it’s all thanks to contributors like you.
We earnestly appreciate your ongoing support and want to let you know we’re here for you. If there’s ever anything we can do for you and your family, don’t hesitate to reach out. You are a valued member of our church family. And you’re financial support is making a difference.
At the end of each year, it’s customary to give your church supporters a summary of their gifts. The primary reason is for tax purposes, but it’s also a way to recap everything your church has done over the past year with their support.
Dear [first name],
You’re getting this letter because you gave to [church name] at some point during the past year. That might have been a one-time gift, or recurring donations. Either way, we want to thank you for your generous support. Every contribution helps.
One of the official reasons for this letter is for tax purposes. That’s right—you get to write these donations off on your taxes. Which is why we’ve included a summary of all the contributions you’ve made to our church this year.
But the other reason for this letter is to let you know what we’ve done with the money you gave. We take stewardship very seriously, which means we value spending our time and resources wisely.
During the year, our church supported local nonprofits, sent global missions teams, and baptised quite a few people. It was a great year for us—thanks in large part to donors like you.
So thank you for your support of our church, and we hope you’ll consider continuing to contribute to our mission in the coming year.
5. Church Fundraising Letter
Sometimes you need to make a more significant financial push using tried and true church fundraising ideas. Some churches call this a Stewardship Campaign or a Church Capital Campaign. Either way, the goal is to raise a certain amount of money for a big project. And typically, a solid letter of appeal is an integral part of that.
Dear [first name],
God has a plan for everyone and everything. That includes you, and it includes [church name]. None of us can fully know God’s plan—the best we can do is pray and listen for clarity. Our church leadership has been doing just that and are excited to announce our latest church project.
[Detail the outline of the major church project—this could include a building campaign, or raising support for a global mission trip. Anything specific to your church that requires a fundraising letter. Be sure to include a fundraising goal so everyone knows what you’re shooting for.]
But we can’t pull this off without your support. Whether you give to the church on a regular basis, or just attend on occasion, we’re asking you to consider contributing to this massive undertaking prayerfully. It’s something we need our entire church community’s help with.
Even if you can’t make a large gift, know that every little bit helps. It’s more about coming together as a community united behind a common cause. We hope that you’ll consider making a donation towards this great step forward that we’re making together.
Tips when writing church donation letters
It’s not enough to just copy and paste this content and send away. The key to an effective church donation letter is a touch of personalization. Follow these tips to take your donation letters to the next level:
- Examples: Add specific examples of how your church will use the donation. Tell a story about the work your church is doing in the community and connect that with giving.
- Personalization: For regular donors, don’t be afraid to add a short, handwritten personal note. This shows that you’ve singled them out with praise.
- Timeliness: Sending donation letters quickly reminds people you’re thankful for them. But this also takes organization and efficiency. All the more reason to use pre-written templates.
- Storytelling: Everything is better with stories—including donation letters. Weave in a specific narrative of how your church is making a difference and how the money will be used.
There’s no one right or wrong way to write a donation letter or request contributions. You’ve got to do what is right for your church and congregation. But if you stick to these general tips, you’ll probably start to see some traction when it comes to giving.
Most people don’t love talking about money in church. But it’s a necessary and vital part of your church. And maximizing your efforts when it comes to donation letters will help make those conversations more comfortable. So what do you do next to put this into effect?
- Customize these letters: Take the samples above and make them work for your church. Personalize the content. Remove the stuff that doesn’t sound genuine and add in stuff that does. Remember that these are just a starting point.
- Create some systems: Develop processes that make it easy for you to replicate sending donation letters. Use a letter template that allows you to drop in names and details. Then develop guidelines for when these letters will be sent out.
- Empower a champion: Find out who is going to be responsible for making these letters happen. Rather than thinking of this as adding more work to their plate, think about how you can elevate their work. This could be a staff member, or a volunteer.
- Start sending: All of this will be for nothing if you don’t actually send out the letters. Take the time to get it right and get them into the hands of your church donors.
And if you’re looking for ways to grow your church’s giving capacity, Tithely can help.
We provide several different ways your church members can support your church financially—from online giving, text to give solutions, and giving kiosks.
Tithely’s systems make it as easy as possible for people to give to your church. Now all you need to start doing is generating a culture of gratitude. There’s nothing standing in your way. Go unleash generosity in your church.
How does your church use donation letters to spread generosity? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Robert Carnes. Robert is a writer and storyteller. He's the author of The Original Storyteller: Become a Better Storyteller in 30 Days. A former church communicator and nonprofit marketer, Robert works as a managing editor for Orange in Atlanta.