More Blessed to Give than to Receive: A Model of Lifetime Charitable Giving

Journal of Biblical Integration in Business, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 38-56, Fall 2016

36 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2016 Last revised: 12 Apr 2017

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Jozell Brister

Abilene Christian University - College of Business Administration

James Litton

Abilene Christian University - College of Business Administration

Monty Lynn

Abilene Christian University

T. Kyle Tippens

Abilene Christian University - College of Business Administration

Date Written: March 6, 2016

Abstract

We integrate theological, financial, and social science scholarship to create a model which describes lifetime charitable giving, or the voluntary sharing of financial and other resources over the lifecycle. As background for the model, we review Christian thought on tithing and the spirituality of giving as well as four giving theologies — prosperity, stewardship, mutuality, and simplicity. We offer recommendations on how lifetime giving might be enhanced and how the model might be applied in teaching and research.

Keywords: giving, philanthropy, personal financial planning, stewardship, prosperity, simplicity, altruism

JEL Classification: D64, D19, A13

Suggested Citation

Brister, Jozell and Litton, James and Lynn, Monty and Tippens, T. Kyle, More Blessed to Give than to Receive: A Model of Lifetime Charitable Giving (March 6, 2016). Journal of Biblical Integration in Business, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 38-56, Fall 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2753216

Jozell Brister (Contact Author)

Abilene Christian University - College of Business Administration ( email )

United States

James Litton

Abilene Christian University - College of Business Administration ( email )

United States

Monty Lynn

Abilene Christian University ( email )

ACU Box 29325
Abilene, TX 79699
United States
325-674-2593 (Phone)

T. Kyle Tippens

Abilene Christian University - College of Business Administration ( email )

ACU Box 29333
Abilene, TX 79699
United States
(325) 674-4947 (Phone)
(325) 674-2564 (Fax)

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