January 23, 2012

Give & Take

We Need You!
We are looking for brief submissions in these categories:
Sound Bites (profound or spontaneous)
Adventist Life (short anecdotes, ?especially from the world of adults)
Camp Meeting Memories (short, humorous, and/or profound anecdotes)
Please send your submissions to Give & Take, Adventist Review, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600; fax: 301-680-6638; e-mail: [email protected]. Please include phone number, city, and state from which you are writing.
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Sound Bite
“When you love the Lord of Calvary’s hill, you’ll cherish the law from Sinai Mountain.”
—Pastor Gary Moyer, commenting on John 14:15, in a sermon series on the Ten Commandments at the Greensboro Seventh-day Adventist Church in North Carolina
Adventist Life
Ruth Watson breezed through the doorway of the local pharmacy. The pharmacist saw her and called out, “Hello, Mrs. Watson.”
Watson replied, “Of all the hundreds of people who come through this door, how is it that you remember my name?”
The pharmacist answered, “We always remember those who are kind.”
—Norma Witter, Sequatchie, Tennessee
Did You Know?
According to Giving USA 2011, a report compiled annually by the American Association of Fundraising Counsel (as seen on the National Park Service Web site: http://www.nps.gov/partnerships/fundraising_individuals_statistics.htm), figures on American philanthropy in 2010 showed that:
2012 1503 page13 ?Americans gave more than $290.89 billion to their favorite causes despite the economic conditions. Total giving, adjusted for inflation, was up 3.8 percent in 2010. This slight increase is reflective of recovering economic confidence.
• ?The greatest portion of charitable giving, $211.77 billion, was given by individuals or household donors. Gifts from individuals represented 73 percent of all contributed dollars, a slight increase from 2009.
?Charitable bequests, which are made by individuals, totaled $22.83 billion, or 8 percent of total giving. Charitable bequests rose an estimated 18.8 percent. The sum of gifts by individuals and charitable bequests is $234.6 billion, or 81 percent of total giving.
• ?Foundations gave $41 billion, accounting for 13 percent of all philanthropy in the United States.
As we kick off 2012, keep in mind those in need. There are many charitable organizations that would like help—from international organizations such as ADRA to local church programs. Whom can you help?
This article was published January 26, 2012.