In 2003, Steve and Susie Perry founded the Sacred Harvest Foundation with the hope to bringing God’s shalom to the communities of Orange County, Maui, and Mindanao in the Philippines.
The logo of Sacred Harvest Foundation is a lima bean, which is representative of the crop that Susie’s family used to grow on their original home ranch in Costa Mesa, CA. The name Sacred Harvest is a testament to the family that once grew an edible harvest of lima beans, and the fruits from the original farm that now produce an eternal harvest through the grant making of Sacred Harvest Foundation to faith based community service organizations.
To assist in bringing God's shalom to the communities of Orange County, Maui and Mindanao in the Philippines with the resources God has Blessed them with.
For many Christians, wealth is accompanied by a certain measure of guilt, compelling them to hide their prosperity for fear of being judged. In Living With Wealth Without Losing Your Soul, Perry analyzes some of the common modern understandings of bible passages and parables to show that justly earned wealth is as much a gift from God as any of His other gifts. Using a combination of exegesis and practical life examples, Perry suggests that wealthy Christians need not be stealth Christians, but instead can steward their wealth in order to help fund the kingdom for years to come.
“This book is for anyone who wants to steward well what God has given them.”
“This is the best book I have ever read on living with wealth in a healthy, biblical, and God-honoring manner.”
“Genuine wealth is more than riches. It is substance, wisdom, and compassion. That is why [Steve’s] journey is not about being merely rich, but the blessing and use of authentic wealth.”
“I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a more thoughtful theology of wealth, joy, and whole life generosity.”
“Brilliant, pastoral, biblical, and deeply personal. With grace, transparency, and humor, Steve opens his heart to his readers, then turns and opens God’s Word.”
Philanthropy has grown into an industry unto itself, with both fashionable and aspirational aspects.
Most philanthropists start out with good intentions. They have a deep desire to benefit society by supporting worthwhile organizations and ministries. But good intentions, no matter how honorable, can unintentionally cause great harm. Unless granting is done with great care and focus, the money disbursed can cause serious damage to the community, the organization or ministry, the final beneficiary and even the donor.
Accidental Philanthropist details the hard lessons learned during Sacred Harvest Foundation’s (SHF) fifteen-year history of striving to effectively steward its resources. The book tries to answer the question, “How can philanthropists enhance the impact of their grants, minimizing mistakes and maximize joy to the organization or ministry, its clients, and the donor?”
Unlike many works on the subject, Accidental Philanthropist is not designed to be a “do as we do” book. Instead, it describes SHF’s journey in hopes that it might stimulate the thinking of philanthropists of all sorts and inspire them to become more intentional in how, why and where they give.