October 2018


This month we express our gratitude We have so much to be grateful for; yet, sometimes that’s easy to forget. This month’s Generosity Matters e-News is all about shifting our focus this season. Our hope is that these articles will both inspire and encourage you! Click here to read the October Generosity Matters e-newsletter >

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Beyond the Thanksgiving Table

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This time of year was always special to me when I was a kid. Thanksgiving meant a big turkey dinner at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, complete with stuffing and all the fixings. Grandma would cook the food, and Grandpa’s job was to carve the turkey with the electric knife. And oh, the desserts! There was…

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The Benefits of Planned Giving


Originally published in Wealth Professional Canada. Issue 6.08, October 2018. An interview with Darren Pries-Klassen on incorporating planned giving into a conversation with your professional advisor, or their clients.

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From Hosting to Hospitality


Learn from a simpler time Growing up, hospitality was very important to Abundance Canada client Gordon Baergen’s family. His father was a Mennonite minister, so they often had missionaries on furlough stay with them and people from the congregation stop by unannounced. “Our home was always open to whoever wanted to come,” remembers Gordon. “Back…

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September 2018


September is a month of new beginnings! What new beginnings are you establishing? This month’s Generosity Matters eNews is focusing on financial literacy. The articles shared provide valuable information to assist you and your family. Click here to read the September Generosity Matters e-newsletter >

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Freedom to Take the Time to Decide

Making Decisions

From the time we are young, we are taught that decisions about money are not to be taken lightly. We need to take the time to decide where our hard-earned money is going to go. Whether it is saving up for a bike, car or home, life experience familiarizes us with the pillars of financial…

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Impacting Generations


For some, the high school years are the best of their lives, while for others they are a gauntlet to be endured. And yet, no matter what our high school experience is like, the lessons learned in those halls and classrooms often impact our lives long beyond graduation. Abundance Canada client Robert Konrad has stayed…

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Building a Foundation in Financial Literacy

By Darren Pries Klassen, CEO This week, children across the country are starting a new school year. Whether it is the first day of kindergarten or the last year of High School, every family approaches this new beginning with the sincere hope that these lessons are leading to a successful future. Financial literacy education, or…

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Unexpected Truth: Lessons from a Thai Refugee Camp


By Brad Friesen, Gift Planning Consultant Back in 1988, my wife and I chaperoned 17 high school students on a trip to visit refugee camps in Thailand. We thought the students would learn about missions and life outside of Canada. We had no idea the experience would change us forever. Our first stop in Thailand…

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August 2018


Generation Z often gets a bad rap for being “screen-obsessed”, “antisocial” or “fragile”, but experts posit that this generation wants to make their mark by harnessing technology to make the world a better place. These youth both inspire and fill us with hope for the future. Giving generously out of our resources is not an…

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