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Christian Giving at HHCA

 

 

 

This article from Focus on the Family highlights what we too believe are the "right reasons for Christian giving". The excerpts below highlight the overarching philosophy behind giving at HHCA.

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For Christians, the decision to give is not primarily financial in nature. It’s rooted in (1) the nature of God and (2) our relationship with Him.

 

John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave …” This declaration isn’t simply an evangelical promotional slogan or an effective witnessing tool. It’s a revelation of the heart of God and a summation of the meaning of the Christian life.

 

If there’s one thing the New Testament teaches us, it’s that God is love, and that those of us who claim to believe in Him ought to love one another as He has loved us (1 John 4:8, 11). And the message of John 3:16 is that love gives.

This, then, is the theological or spiritual basis for Christian giving. But how does it work itself out in the context of everyday life?

 

On the practical level, we give because we know something. In Christ, we have realized three inescapable truths:

 
(1) We Belong to God

“Do you not know,” writes Paul to the Corinthian church, “that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit … and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price.” (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20). Christians, according to Scripture, are the Lord’s special possession – a “a peculiar people,” as the Authorized King James Version puts it (1 Peter 2:9). If, as believers, we have no claim even to our own persons, it’s safe to assume that we must also forfeit ownership and control of our possessions. Everything we have and everything we are is a gift from the Creator of our souls – after all, “what do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)

 

This is not to mention that even in a larger and more general sense – in a way that has implications even for those who are not part of the family of faith – God is the Owner of everything that exists. Ultimately, it all belongs to Him. “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,” writes the psalmist, “the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1).

 

If God owns everything, it should be obvious that He alone has the prerogative to determine how it should be distributed and used. And if His purposes can be summed up in the single word “love,” we can safely assume that He intends His wealth to be applied to the task of blessing other people. Our role is to act as faithful stewards of the abundance He has poured out upon us by giving in accord with His will.

 
(2) We Have Received Much

God’s grace toward us is abundant – excessively so. If we would simply stop and take stock of our blessings, we would quickly see how truly overwhelming is the Lord’s generosity toward us. This statement applies to believers in every condition and situation, for in Christ we have become heirs of God’s kingdom (James 2:5; Romans 8:17) and of the unlimited assets that pertain to it: “For all things are yours … and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s” (1 Corinthians 3:21-23).

 

According to the Bible, abundant blessings imply weighty responsibilities; “for everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more” (Luke 12:48). The message is clear: our possessions are to be used not merely for our own enjoyment but for the benefit of the world around you. “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8).

 

Of course, this doesn’t mean that giving is to be approached as a grim, oppressive duty. “Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Our responsibility to give is primarily a response to God’s generosity. It’s an expression of joy and gratitude for the bounty of God’s goodness – like the gift of the woman who demonstrated her indebtedness to Jesus by anointing His feet with a jar of costly ointment. She loved much, Jesus said, because she had been forgiven much (Luke 7:47).

 

 
(3) Money Matters

Finally, if we want to make sure that our giving is thoroughly biblical in nature, there’s one last observation we’ll need to add to the other two. Although the generosity with which we express our response to God’s grace entails everything we are and everything we have – our mental, emotional, and spiritual assets as well as the physical – we dare not miss the point that the Lord is especially concerned about the way we use our material wealth. As Randy Alcorn points out in his book The Treasure Principle, 15 percent of everything Christ ever said relates to the topic of money and possessions – “more than His teachings on heaven and hell combined.”

 

Why should this be so? Because the God of the Bible, unlike the gods of many other religious systems, attaches great value to the physical, material aspect of His creation. The physical world belongs to Him because He made it; and He made it in such a way that it declares His glory (Psalm 19:1) and reflects His invisible attributes (Romans 1:20). That’s why, at the end of the sixth day of Creation, He was able to look at everything He had accomplished and conclude that it was “very good” (Genesis 1:31).

 

This is why James tells us that it is not enough to give in a spiritual sense only. When we minister to others, we have to minister to the body as well as the soul: “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” (James 2:16) Herein lies the real significance of money from the biblical perspective. While it’s true that the love of money is “a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10), it should be equally obvious that money is a powerful tool – the most powerful tool we have at our disposal when it comes to providing for basic material necessities.

 

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HHCA has five paths to giving that each play an important role in helping our vision To Know Christ and Make Hime Known become a reality: 

 

 

The HHCA Fund remains our first giving priority because it directly supports the school's greatest assets-our students and mentors. It touches every aspect of each Eagle experience inside and outside the classroom.

 

The funds raised each year are crucial in enabling the school to provide superior faculty, small class sizes, individual attention, state-of-the art technology, and tremendous enrichment opportunities. 

A tax-deductible gift to the HHCA Fund sends a powerful message that you believe in HHCA and its mission. Demonstrated support from the entire school community helps influence the giving decision of various foundations, which further enhances the learning experiences HHCA can offer.

 

 

HHCA's Athletics Booster Club plays an important role in the ongoing success of Hilton Head Christian Academy's athletic program.

 

Through the generous support of many, the Athletics Booster Club has provided valuable state-of-the-art sporting equipment and facility improvements.

 

Memberships are offered at various levels and come with numerous benefits for companies and/or individuals.

 

 

HHCA Fine Arts Boosters (FAB) exists to promote and support all of the visual and performing arts programs at Hilton Head Christin Academy.

 

The cumulative efforts of HHCA's Fine Arts Boosters enhance opportunities for HHCA students to develop and demonstrate their talents for the glory of God. 

 

Memberships are offered at various levels and come with numerous benefits for companies and/or individuals.

 

 

Hilton Head Christian Academy exists due to the gracious stewardship and financial planning of faithful individuals for nearly 40 years. 
 
The Eagles' Wings: Elevating Excellence Capital Campaign began in August 2017, after school leaders made the prayerful decision to build a brand new, state-of-the-art campus in Bluffton. Since then, over 100 families have given nearly $4,000,000 to make this vision become a reality.
 
Participation in the Eagles' Wings: Elevating Excellence Capital Campaign is truly an opportunity to invest in something much bigger than any one thing or individual. It allows one to make an impact in the future of our community, our region, and beyond.

 

Endowments for any organization provide a permanent means of generating income by safely housing all donated funds and using only the interest generated by them for spending.  Endowments operate just like a savings plan for families. Money is placed into a savings account; only the interest generated is used to help operate the household. 

 

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A reality not just at HHCA but at all independent schools is that tuition alone does not fund the entire cost of a private education.
 
Tuition actually only covers a percentage of the school's operating costs.
 
Therefore, HHCA is dependent upon unrestricted Annual Fund contributions to help close the gap between tuition and the true cost of an HHCA education each year.
 
Your voluntary, tax-deductible support helps HHCA address it's highest priorities and immediate needs within the current school year's operating budget.
 
 
High participation rates among members of the HHCA community are a vote of confidence - a sign that our parents and others invest in our students' future and support the school's mission.
 
This percentage has a direct impact on gifts from outside sources such as grant-making foundations and capital donors. High rates of participation are required by foundations before they will consider our grant requests.