why invest?

Why are you moving from “donor” to “investor”?

Tirzah’s mission has always been about investing in women. Our motto since the beginning has been about investing in women and changing the world. We want to incorporate the language of investment into how we speak about those who support the work. We are glad to be partners with you in this work and we consider you to be with us and with the women -- we are all at one table. All of us together are investing in this work that makes life better for women.

What difference does this really make?

This change in language acknowledges the transformational nature of our investment. Investing means that you watch what you’ve given to see how it appreciates. We loved a comment from one of our friends, “I would 100%, all the time follow up on an investment. I don't think I'd usually follow up on a donation.” We believe that those who give to Tirzah are invested in the work. Many of you give, pray, visit our global programs, invite our leaders into your homes, and ask us regularly about how the work is going. You use your skills to move the work along. All of this means you are an investor in the work - your heart is in it!

Does the Bible have anything to say about being an investor?

In the Parable of Talents (which The Message version of the Bible calls, “The Story about Investment”!), we have an example of the way in which God gives us talents and resources so that we can invest wisely. Here we find the principle of the multiplication of our resources. Biblical principles talk about returns of up to one hundred times as much as the initial investment (Matthew 13:8). We know that Christ multiplied 5 fish and 2 loaves until they fed a crowd of 5,000 men plus many more women and children. When we invest our resources in holy work, we can be confident that holy appreciation will take place.

Does ROI indicate a strictly monetary return?

We often do think of ROI in terms of monetary returns. Our ROI expectations are directly related to where our investment is made. When we invest our funds in banks, we do expect a financial return. When we invest in Tirzah, we expect a return of justice, joy, hope, peace and security. To make a world that is more just for women makes a world that is more just for all of us. We know that where women thrive, everyone thrives:

As we read this data, we know that this matters deeply. We understand that our funds are well-invested when they contribute to a world that is better, safer and more full of joy and peace for families globally and for our own families.

If someone else is benefitting, am I still getting an ROI?

We know instinctively that it is right to invest in our own futures, and even in the well-being of our families. We save up for our retirement, or for our children’s college education, or for improvements to our homes. We invest because we have goals in mind. Scripture calls us to expand what we consider to be our goals, aligning them with Biblical principles:

  1. Everything on earth, including all that we own, belongs to God. Psalm 24:1 tells us: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it . . . “ If all we own belongs to God, He is free to direct how we use what we own.

  2. We are called to be stewards, rather than owners of all that God so graciously gives to us. 1 Peter 4:10 tells us, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

  3. We are called to consider the well-being of those in need, whether or not we are related to them. The passage in Matthew 25 tells us that whatever we do for the least of these, we do for the Lord. So then, our principle is to look to the needs of others as we would look to the needs of the Lord. We know from Scripture that our relationship with the Lord is to take precedence over all relationships. Surely, to give as if we were giving to Him implies at least giving as we would to our own family members. Applying this principle with our funds means that we will invest in the lives of those who are hungry or thirsty or in need of clothing, as well as in the lives of our family members.

  4. “To whom much has been given, much will be required.” Luke 12:48. If you earn $32,400 in the US, you are in the top 1% of all income-earners world-wide! Wow! What a great privilege. And what a great joy to lift all we have up to the Lord so that He can direct it for maximum impact and maximum joy!

I’m in! How will I keep tabs on my investment?

To keep track of the incredible impact of your investment, you can…

What if I still want to think of myself as a donor?

Wonderful! There are many scriptures that affirm the joy of giving cheerfully and without expectation. We welcome all givers!

Want some further reading?

1 UNICEF report, “The Investment Case for Education and Equity”, page 8

2 Global Partnership for Education Report