Who Should I Give Money To?

Anonymous asked:

Hey guys! I already have a BridgeBox subsciption, but I want to give more of my money. Where can I find charities that use their money well? Do you guys have any recommendations?

I answered:

First of all, thank you so much for supporting us by subscribing to Bridge Box! That $8 a month may not seem like much, but it does a life changing amount of good for the men and women we work with in Chicago. 

If you would like to support us beyond a BridgeBox subscription, you are certainly welcome to do that. You can go to missionusa.com/egiving. html and give support to Mission:USA/The Bridge, Jed Brewer, or even little ol’ Matt King.

As for other places to give, there are plenty. One thing to remember is that you can’t support everything, so you need to get some wisdom from the Lord on where your resources to go. Supporting ministry is as much a calling from the Lord as ministry itself. 

A good place to start is to look at places that have meant something to your life. I give money to YoungLife, because that ministry has been irreplaceably important to my life, and I have great friends on YoungLife staff whose work I want to be a part of. If there is a group or ministry that has impacted your life, financially supporting them is a great way to both thank them and stay involved in their work.

Or maybe you want to support an organization you wish you knew about. Maybe you have had struggles with depression and want to give to a suicide prevention group. Maybe you had a family member who was an addict and want to find a place that helps families going through that.

One key thing to remember is that any organization worth giving to (including churches) will be more than happy to A) show you a copy of their budget and B) answer any questions you have about it. (That goes for The Bridge as well). Organizations that are secretive or defensive about how they handle the money given to them are a red flag.

Supporting the work of the kingdom is something that we are all called to do. Part of that responsibility is making sure that the people we are giving money to are being responsible stewards of it. The best way to find that out is to ask direct questions. That’s not nosey or pushy, it is taking giving seriously, which God does and you should to.

-Matt from The Bridge

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