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The Age of Global Giving (10th Anniversary Edition)

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Preface to the 2024 Edition


1- The Role of the Donor: A Historical View

2- Dissecting the Status Quo

3- A New Relationship: Ways Forward

4- The Parachurch in Decline

5- Mission Reinvention—Is it Possible?

6- From Outcomes to Impact: the New Donor Focus

7- The Way Forward: Practical Advice

8- Ten Years Later



The Age of Global Giving (10th Anniversary Edition)
A Practical Guide for Donors
Gilles Gravelle

Cultivating Strategic Giving

Traditional philanthropy is constantly challenged by the complexities of global need. The sheer scale of worldwide challenges demands a more informed understanding of giving that transcends borders and cultures. This context sets the stage for a transformative approach to financial giving, one that is effective, rewarding, and sensitive to the diverse global landscape.

In The Age of Global Giving, we find a comprehensive roadmap for high-capacity givers to impact missions and social causes in meaningful ways. Integrating creative giving strategies with success stories, this book offers practical insights to maximize the impact of one’s contributions. It underscores the power of true collaboration between givers and recipients in community-led initiatives.

Whether a seasoned donor, nonprofit leader, or simply someone looking for high impact giving opportunities, this book equips you with the knowledge and tools necessary to contribute meaningfully. This call to action is for anyone who believes in the power of generosity to change lives. Let it inspire you to join a global community of givers committed to making a real difference in the lives of people and the health of our planet.


  • One of the key arenas in which Satan has a foothold is in the relationship between donors and the ministries they support. Distrust, pride, insecurity, imperfect information, fear, and miscommunication combine to give Satan the opportunity to create division within the body of Christ and to slow the advancement of the kingdom. In this important book, Gilles Gravelle argues that ministries need to repent of a “pay, pray, and get out of the way” attitude towards their donors. In the place of this, he argues for a more biblical model in which donors and ministries see each other as full partners in ministry, seeking to humbly respect the full range of each other’s gifts and stewardship responsibilities. This is an important work addressing a very timely issue.

    Brian FikkertCo-Author, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself

  • Gilles Gravelle makes the case for fully enfranchising an important and often missing partner in global missions—the major donor. For too long, donors with wealth and wisdom have been sidelined by ministries—thanked for their gifts and fed reports at a safe distance from “the real work.” There’s a new, activist generation of donors with more to give than a check. Gilles shows that ministries can successfully include the perspectives, faith, and financial investment of major donors and foundations, benefiting from seasoned business insights, advocacy, and passionate commitment to seeing changed lives. The dividing wall of separation between donors and those leading ministry has been breached, and Gilles persuasively explains why it ought to come down altogether.

    Paul EdwardsVice President, Strategic Thinking, Wycliffe USA

  • Giving is emerging as a key theme in the global Christian community. Scholars such as Ron Sider, Tom Sine, Jonathan Bonk, Vinay Samuel, Brian Fikkert, Glenn Schwartz, and Mary Lederleitner have written on different issues around poverty, wealth, income inequality, a Christian approach to money, self-reliance, and mobilizing giving. In the US ministries such as Crown Financial Ministries, the National Christian Foundation, Generous Church, and Generous Giving facilitate thinking and engagement around giving related issues. One of the most important and most sensitive issues that have to be addressed is the relationship between donors and ministries. In a globalized and increasingly interdependent Christian community, Gilles Gravelle will definitely stimulate thinking and discussion around what Rob Martin of the First Fruit Institute calls “The Communion of Givers and Receivers.” That was the impact on me when I read the manuscript!

    Sas Conradie, DDCoordinator, Lausanne Movement/World EvangelicalAlliance Global Generosity Network

  • Everyone engaged in the giving or receiving of financial resources for kingdom purposes must read The Age of Global Giving. Here Gilles Gravelle succinctly presents the historic positions, persistent errors, and enormous potentials of effectual relationships between major donors and ministry implementers. The case Gilles builds for “relationships first” forms the foundation for trust and accountability that is essential in continuing and accelerating beyond the status quo in missions that has been carried forward from the twentieth century. Here is a guide that helps leaders with kingdom hearts expand their impact and influence through partnerships overshadowed by the cross of Jesus Christ.

    Joe ClassChairman of the Board, Sequoia Global Resources

  • Gilles Gravelle is right on target as to the heart of the emerging generation and its philanthropy. Breaking down the walls between organization and philanthropist is critical to engagement. Gilles gives practical steps to implement to help any agency wanting to grow their engagement with major financial partners. It all comes together like hand in glove when financial partners are involved at the strategic level with your organization.

    John LindChief Development Officer, Frontiers USA

Additional Details

  • Pages: 150
  • Publisher: William Carey Publishing
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publish Year: 2024
  • ISBN: 9781645085492
  • Vendor: William Carey Publishing