GIVING BY: Jacen hamilton

Within the modern-day business community, organizations and prominent figures often contribute money or resources on a consistent basis. Some businesses donate a percentage of profit to charity while others donate in creative ways like planting trees or providing jobs to the homeless.

Early in the New Testament, Luke speaks to the topic of giving when he exclaims, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38, New International Version).

From a strictly corporate standpoint, giving money has a variety of positive advantages including tax benefits, marketability, and executive perks.
Tax Benefits

According to the United States Small Business Administration (SBA),

“75 percent of small firms donate to charities each year, averaging a contribution of six percent of their profits. Women-owned businesses tend to donate an average of 10 percent of profits, and those with the highest revenues are, not surprisingly, the most generous” (Beesley, 2012).

CHARITABLE LIMITS INCLUDE:

  1. Donations from small businesses must be made to a non-profit approved by the IRS
  2. The gift must be documented to specific charities to receive deductions
  3. No more than 50% of a businesses adjusted gross income can be deducted from charitable gifts
Marketability

Marketing is often the core of a business as it relates to public perception.

Starbucks uses its social media platforms (14.1 million Instagram followers) to communicate ethical responsibility and charity work to consumers. When a company can use ethical and charitable avenues to show the public how they give, customers often take notice.

Executive giving

Executives and celebrities often give large sums of money as charitable donations. For example, Madonna hosted an island party in 2008 to raise approximately $2 million for children in Africa while Paris Hilton went on a “fact-finding” mission to Rwanda to see where help was most needed (Beato, 2008)

According to Forbes magazine, Taylor Swift donated $1 million of proceeds from her hit song “Shake It Off” to victims of Louisiana’s flood in 2016. Mel Gibson donated nearly $7 million to the AP Reilly Foundation, supporting the Catholic church, while actor Matthew McConaughey gave over $1.5 million to support school communities in Los Angeles and Texas in 2012 (Atunes, 2012).

Christian Perspective

From a Christian perspective, giving is not only suggested, it is a direct command from God. As independent humans, we often do not like to be told what to do. However, giving out of what God has already given to us can be an expression of worship and praise to our Creator.

Jesus' example

“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on’” (Mark 12:41-44, New International Version).

Tithing

The root of tithing in the Old Testament can be tied back to a responsibility to God to give in worship for what was given to Abraham. For Christians, tithing or giving a tenth of what God has given as an act of worship is something that many grew up knowing but not necessarily understanding.

Abraham set the groundwork for tithing in the Old Testament when he dedicated ten percent of his spoils from war to God (many other rulers would dedicate ten percent of their spoils to other pagan gods). Additionally, Moses takes tithes from the Israelites but when this amount is added together, it is more along the lines of 25%.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says,

“The point is this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7, New International Version).

Combining Perspectives

While motivation behind giving is not always quantifiable, it is something that reveals the character and integrity behind a business or individual. As Christians, it is important to maintain integrity, especially in the business world.

Proverbs 11:3 says, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by duplicity.”

Those in the business world notice an individual of character and integrity. Giving money, time, and attention to others, making them feel valued is an excellent way to show care and the love of Christ in a genuine way

Finally, 1 John 3:17-18 reads, “If anyone has the world’s good and sees a brother in need, yet doesn’t help him, how does God’s love abide in him? Let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:17-18).

As Christians in the world, it is essential to not only talk about doing good or giving to others, but to also practice what we preach in deed and in truth.

References

Antunes, A. (2012). The 30 Most Generous Celebrities. Retrieved May 1, 2017.

Beesley, C. (2012). Understanding the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction – What Can Your Small Business Write Off? Retrieved April 30, 2017.

Beato, G. (2008). The virtues of conspicuous giving: How self-righteous, empty-headed celebrities promote private charity Reason Foundation.

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