What Are the Differences Among Tithes, Donations, Pledges, and Planned Gift?
Tithing is a spiritual practice, a conscious expression of gratitude to God. It is not directed towards a specific fund but given without condition to the source of your inspiration. Many people offer a tithe before any expenses are paid.
A donation is an amount given to support a specific fund or activity and is taken from disposable income.
Pledges are set dollar amounts that a person plans to give, on an on-going basis or within a specific time. A church or other organization counts on your pledge as part of its budget.
A planned gift is a contribution that is arranged in the present and allocated at a future date. Commonly donated through a will or trust, planned gifts are most often granted after the donor’s passing.
Why Tithe to Ananda Specifically?
Every gift offered increases the magnetic pull for others to participate, and thus the flow of energy increases. The tithing program, “Thank You, God!” represents a collective of individuals who are inspired and committed to sustaining and expanding the work of Ananda Worldwide.
Tithing is the financial foundation of Paramhansa Yogananda’s and Swami Kriyananda’s successful mission.
Here are some reasons you may choose to tithe to Ananda:
- You are inspired by Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda’s teachings
- Your life has been changed through the practice of yoga and meditation
- You want the inspiration you receive to be shared with others
- You wish to support the ministries that share these teachings with over 2.1 million people a year
Because . . .
- Ananda is your spiritual home
- You are on the path of Kriya Yoga
- You are a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda
- You are a Kriyaban
- You love what Ananda represents
- You are grateful
What is the Difference Between Tithing and Donating to Outreach Ministries?
Intention: Tithes are given without condition as to how they are used. It is a spiritual practice and not directed towards the support of a specific fund or program.
Should I Tithe to my Meditation Group, Local Center, or Ananda Worldwide?
Keep in mind that this is a spiritual practice. Many of our tithers do both. Be guided by your inspiration, what feels right in your heart and is practical for your financial situation.
If you can only give to one, we recommend the one that provides you with the greatest inspiration.
Do I Have to Give 10%
The traditional amount is ten percent. It is, in fact, the root meaning of the word “tithe.” There is, however, no percentage that is “right” while all others are “wrong.”
If you are new to tithing, start with a percentage that sparks joy in your heart and at the same time feels a little spiritually adventuresome, a little beyond your complete “comfort zone.” If we choose a percentage that is too low, the act becomes effortless enough to slip from our consciousness, our energy isn’t raised to venturing into new territories of faith. Our uplifted energy draws God’s response.
The amount is not important, though commitment brings consistency to this spiritual practice. Offer your tithe with love and a grateful heart. Thank You, God!
How Do I Begin?
Experience firsthand how tithing builds faith in God. Pray to God that He guide you in this spiritual practice. Make your tithe a gift, a conscious expression of gratitude to Him.Offer Your Tithe Today