The Giver and the Gift

Principles of Kingdom Fundraising

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A Relational Approach to Fundraising

For many people, fundraising has become a dirty word. Conjuring images of guilt-inducing gimmickry, the predominant model saps the joy from both the donor and the receiver. But what if fundraising has the potential to be good for the giver, not just the recipient? What if it's about love and service, not just "What's in it for me?"

These are the questions that Peter Greer, president and CEO of Hope International, and David Weekley, one of America's most influential philanthropists, answer in The Giver and the Gift. Based upon their own relationship and experiences, The Giver and the Gift outlines a Kingdom perspective on fundraising. Instead of guilt, there is gratitude. Instead of obligation, joy.

It's time to dismantle certain shaky beliefs and practices, energizing a new generation of generosity.


"How does fundraising become a Kingdom partnership, instead of just the transfer of funds? As a person who has spent years in the middle of these partnerships, I found the book fresh, clear, and extremely helpful."

Denny Rydberg, president of Young Life

"The Giver and the Gift completely shifted every paradigm I had about fundraising."

Justin Rule, founder, Heads Up

"With great enthusiasm, I recommend this book for its authenticity and practical application."

Terry Looper, founder & CEO, Texon

"Peter and David's relationship honors the idea that each giver should decide in his or her own heart what to give."

Brad Formsma, creator,; author, I Like Giving

"David and Peter have addressed the donor-fundraiser relationship in an unusual and insightful way."

Greg Brenneman, CEO, CCMP Capital; former chairman, Burger King and Continental Airlines

"This book will help you rediscover the joy of generosity."

David Wills, president, National Christian Foundation; coauthor, Investing in God's Business and Family.Money.

"Peter Greer and David Weekley lucidly demonstrate that fundraising and giving are primarily about partnership."

Dennis Hollinger, president, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Coleman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics

"Peter and David's powerful stories and keen insight shine light on the partnership God intends between the gift and the giver. This book is a gift itself!"

Lance Wood, partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

"Compelling and helpful, this book is certain to inspire greater generosity."

Jeff Rutt, founder and CEO, Keystone Custom Homes; founder, HOPE International

"The truth in this book is enlightening, and I sincerely believe it needs to be read by all nonprofit leaders, development staff, and donors."

Greg Murtha, chief relationship officer, iDonate

"I believe that David and Peter's book will inspire all of us to greater generosity."

Nicky Gumbel, vicar, Holy Trinity Brompton; pioneer, The Alpha Course

"Peter Greer and David Weekley challenge believers to incarnate Kingdom generosity by being engaged in transformational giving."

Kim S. Phipps, president, Messiah College

"This book walks us through God's plan for each of us to participate in the furthering of His Kingdom through giving and serving generously."

Dave Valle, founder, Esperanza International

"It's a compelling book, with truth that will renew your mind and your heart."

Anne Beiler, founder, Auntie Anne's Soft Pretzels

"Peter and David elevate and articulate deep spiritual truths and practical lessons for both the fundraiser and the funder."

Michael J. Mantel, PhD, president and CEO, Living Water International

"Thank you, Peter and David, for taking these gems and putting them to paper for all of us!"

Eric Scofield, chief development officer, Young Life

"The Giver and the Gift invites you to think more deeply about your philanthropy and reveals best practices leading to more impact in your giving."

Chris Crane, CEO, Edify

"This book will be a refreshing read for anyone who desires to give or receive funds that advance God's Kingdom in the world."

Gary A. Haugen, president and CEO, International Justice Mission; author, The Locust Effect

"Sure would have been good to have had this book when I started in this field."

Peb Jackson, connector and coauthor, Danger Calling: True Adventures of Risk and Faith

The Authors

  1. Peter Greer
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    Peter Greer

    Peter Greer ( is the president and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered economic development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining HOPE, Peter worked...

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  2. David Weekley

    David Weekley

    David Weekley is chairman of David Weekley Homes, which he founded in 1976 at age 23. Today David Weekley Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in America. David allocates 50 percent of his time and income to nonprofits. He and his wife, Bonnie,...

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