The Transformational Giving Ten redux

The Radical Fundraising in Radical Times seminars will be unleashed amongst the unsuspecting citizens of Korea, Seattle, Portland, Arizona, Colorado, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in but a few short weeks. Even the TG 10–the ten biblical principles that compose the paint box for all things Transformational Giving–have received quite a spiff.

Not that the principles themselves have changed. In fact, they’ve borne the first two years of the test of time pretty darn well, by God’s grace.

What has changed, however, is that the original TG10 were written from the vantage point of the nonprofit, astonishingly utilizing the traditional/transactional/objectionable appellation of ‘donor’ to refer to that amazing bundle of God’s gifts, grace, and activity know as the individual Christian. This revised list refers to that individual more properly by the name ‘champion’.

Here are the new TG 10:

The Ten Principles of Transformational Giving

Principle 1: Every act of giving is first and foremost a statement about the faithfulness of God.


Principle 2: Transformational giving is based on the abundance and trustworthiness of God, not a theology of scarcity.


Principle 3: It is better to give than to receive.



Principle 4: A champion connects with an organization for the purpose of enhancing their mutual impact on the cause, not only to support the organization’s impact on the cause.



Principle 5: A Transformational Giving relationship between a champion and an organization is primarily a peer-level accountability relationship, not merely a friendship or a mutual admiration society.



Principle 6: The champion, not the organization, is called to be the primary means of advancing the cause within the champion’s sphere of influence.



Principle 7: The relationship between champion and champion is as important as the relationship between champion and organization.



Principle 8: Giving is not the process but rather one vital result of the process of a champion being comprehensively coached to share the cause effectively within his or her sphere of influence.



Principle 9: Giving is learned, not latent.



Principle 10: Champions categorize themselves not according to the amount of their giving but by the degree of comprehensive personal ownership they are exhibiting in the cause.

About Pastor Foley

The Reverend Dr. Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, supporting the work of persecuted Christians in North Korea and around the world and spreading their discipleship practices worldwide. He is the former International Ambassador for the International Christian Association, the global fellowship of Voice of the Martyrs sister ministries. Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Dr. Foley oversee a far-flung staff across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. He earned the Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

18 Responses to The Transformational Giving Ten redux

  1. Pingback: Transformational Giving seeks transformation, not attention « Transformational Giving

  2. Pingback: How do you transform your donors into champions? « Transformational Giving

  3. Pingback: Giving circle members give more « Transformational Giving

  4. Pingback: Creating a covenant with your champions (part IV in our series on lapsed donors) « Transformational Giving

  5. Pingback: The Five Biggest Misconceptions About Transformational Giving, Part III: ‘It’s a great theory, but there’s not a lot of examples’ « Transformational Giving

  6. Pingback: Five things I think I think about TG, Part II: CommuniTG « Transformational Giving

  7. Pingback: A timely warning for Transformational Giving from 2009: ethnic fundraising « Transformational Giving

  8. Pingback: Ethnic fundraising: the result is a changed individual, not lots of spare change « Transformational Giving

  9. Pingback: Donor Power blog de-listed; GTO blog gleefully added « Transformational Giving

  10. Pingback: Measuring fundraising in Transformational Giving « Transformational Giving

  11. Pingback: Mutual accountability relationships: at the heart of champion coaching « Transformational Giving

  12. Pingback: Major tweeters replace major donors as we nonprofits fall quickly into the same old snare « Transformational Giving

  13. Pingback: Notes in the key of E: Equip and its false cognate, Encourage « Transformational Giving

  14. Pingback: More than a feeling: Six ways to grow (and measure your own growth) in giving that aren’t about feelings « Transformational Giving

  15. Pingback: The P/E/O exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, part I: Champions grow through imitation, not flattery or need-based appeals « Transformational Giving

  16. Pingback: Generosity coaches are necessary because giving is learned, not latent in donors « Transformational Giving

  17. Pingback: Why Egger’s Volunteer Bill of Rights is, um, not quite right enough. Yet. « Transformational Giving

  18. Pingback: The Whole Life Ten: Christianity-as-Philanthropy | Transformational Giving

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s