Uncovering Your

Power of Generosity

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us

Ephesians 3:20

DYNAMIS (dy-na-mis):

 

strength; power; ability; potentiality; the state of that which is not yet fully realized; the power and influence that belongs to riches and wealth

What we do

We multiply generosity

Everyone has the potential to be more generous. Often that potential just needs to be discovered.

How we do it

We guide individuals in discovering the power of their generosity

Through our Generosity Plan process, individuals will discover new or underexplored methods of giving to maximize their impact for the causes they care about.

Dynamis Ministry Process

1

Awareness

Sermon series. Bible Studies. Idea inserts for newsletters. Website updates. Bulletin announcements. Workshops.
2

Exploration

Home Visits. Giving History. Personal Stories. Talent & Financial assessments. Gifting ideas and strategies. Cottage Meetings. Retreats.
3

Generosity Plan Formation

Recording gifts. Legal documentation.

What is Planned Giving?

A planned gift is a charitable donation that requires planning to execute and is typically provided through non-cash assets.

 

What are some common planned giving methods?

Immediate Gifts

Charitable donor advised fund

Think of a DAF as a savings account for charitable donations. This is an easy way for someone to donate to multiple organizations while also providing the freedom and flexibility for the donor to determine how, when, and where funds are distributed.

Qualified charitable Distribution

Donors aged 70 1⁄2 and older can distribute money from their qualified retirement account such, such as a 401k or 403b, or IRA directly to a charity. Distributing money this way avoids taxation for the donor while also leaves a gift for the charity.

Gifts of appreciated assets

Assets such as stock, land, or other property that if sold can create considerable capital gains tax for the donor. To avoid this tax donors can transfer their asset to a charity, while also receiving an income tax charitable deduction.

Gifts With Income Back to the Donor 

Charitable Gift Annuity

This is a contract between a donor and an charity in which the donor gives a sizable gift of money and in return the charity promises to pay the donor a fixed annual income for life.

Charitable Remainder Unitrust

This is an individually managed trust in which the donor places assets in the trust and then receives a lifetime income and significant tax deduction. At the end of the term, remaining trust assets are transferred to the charity.

Pooled Income Fund

A donor can make a charitable contribution to a fund which includes other donor’s funds and in return receives variable income dependent on how the funds are invested and its return.

Deferred Gifts

Beneficiary Modification

This is the easiest method of planned giving. Any asset that has a beneficiary such as IRAs, 401ks, and life insurance can be modified by including a charity as a beneficiary.

Bequest

A donor can list a charity as a recipient of their estate in their will or trust. A bequest can be for a specific amount, a percentage of one’s estate, or the remainder of money left after all other bequests have been paid out.

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Meet Dynamis

Executive Director

Dennis Gorski

Dennis Gorski is a husband, father, grandfather, and business owner. Having grown up in the Milwaukee area, he and his wife, Jane, moved to Batavia, IL with their four kids in 1999 for Dennis’ career in financial services...

Dennis Gorski is a husband, father, grandfather, and business owner. Having grown up in the Milwaukee area, he and his wife, Jane, moved to Batavia, IL with their four kids in 1999 for Dennis’ career in financial services. He ultimately became a managing partner of a nationally recognized firm and helped it grow to well over 100 advisors. In 2017 Dennis launched his own boutique financial planning firm which consumes most of his time, energy and creativity today. When not working Dennis is attracted to volunteer roles of leadership and service at impact organizations such as churches, HBCU, and Habitat for Humanity. He is most passionate, and finds the greatest joy, in family (just ask him about his eight grandkids), travel, nature, personal development in others, and the Green Bay Packers.

What draws you to Dynamis Ministries?

Quite frankly, I believe I am answering God’s calling. Several years ago I was first struck with the idea to work in, or start a planned giving organization and there have been numerous nudges along the way. I believe we are filling a great void. There are so many people out there who have been blessed with God’s abundance and they simply haven’t been invited, or don’t fully know all the ways they can bless and impact others with those blessings. In addition the by-products of generosity for self and others are amazing. They need to be shared. I am most humbled by what has already been happening as we have invited others into this ministry. It is a validation of God’s plan and provision.

Generosity Coach

Ben Berg

Ben Berg is a grateful generalist navigating in an increasingly specialized workforce. His professional experience includes managing in the non profit sector through roles with park districts and Special Olympics, coaching college...

Ben Berg is a grateful generalist navigating in an increasingly specialized workforce. His professional experience includes managing in the non profit sector through roles with park districts and Special Olympics, coaching college level strength and conditioning, and being a laborer on a horse farm. Through it all he's most enjoyed intersecting with a diverse range of people while offering and receiving teaching, encouragement, and life lessons along the way. In his free time Ben enjoys reading, eating cereal, strength training, and longing to be in the mountains with a pack on his back.

What draws you to Dynamis Ministries?

I like the idea of potentiality that Dynamis Ministries has built its name around. To me potentiality can signify growth and I'm excited to be part of something that facilitates this growth. Growth in the spiritual journey of individuals, growth in the generosity in churches, and ultimately growth in the Lord's Kingdom. I enjoy working with others and seeing them discover their own dynamis and the possibilities of what can be accomplished as a result.

Director of Technology

Keith Wollenberg

Keith Wollenberg has worked in the technology industry for almost 20 years. He has a wide breadth of experience working and digging into all things tech, including website development, database design, software development and design...

Keith Wollenberg has worked in the technology industry for almost 20 years. He has a wide breadth of experience working and digging into all things tech, including website development, database design, software development and design. Keith resides in St. Charles, IL with his wife (Julie) and son (Luke) where they enjoy spending time with friends, family, bike riding and going out to eat. One interesting note about Keith, besides the fact he always talks in the third person, is he is nearly 7 feet tall.

What draws you to Dynamis Ministries?

I love Jesus and want others to know the love and peace that comes with having a relationship with Christ. Dynamis is a vehicle for that, directly and indirectly. Also as far as my own spiritual growth I love the idea of being surrounded with a bunch of other Jesus freaks and working with them in this ministry.

Board of Directors

Director

Mike Leone

Mike Leone has spent the past 36 years leading both public and private corporations as a global operations and commercial leader. Mike has had increasing responsibilities over his career as Vice President, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer...

Mike Leone has spent the past 36 years leading both public and private corporations as a global operations and commercial leader. Mike has had increasing responsibilities over his career as Vice President, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and President. Although Mike has had a blessed career in business, his greatest blessing has been his marriage of 30 years to his wife, Karen, and their two daughters, Arden and Marin.

Mike’s passion for serving has provided several opportunities to share his talents in many areas of his community. Over the years, Mike has served as a counselor/mentor for the Royal Family Kids Camp, Director of the Foundation Board of the College of DuPage, Director of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, as well as a member of several corporate Boards. Mike is also passionate about serving at his local church where for the past 6 years he has been a member of the Executive Committee as well as an adult leader for the student ministries at Chapel Street Church in Geneva, IL.

In his spare time Mike enjoys being with his family in the outdoors, playing golf, pickle ball, running and boating.

What draws you to Dynamis Ministries?

Mike’s passion for serving and giving back has led him to Dynamis Ministries where he can continue Kingdom work; learning, growing, teaching, and inspiring others to live a life of generosity to grow God’s Kingdom.

Director

Andy Fu

About Andy
Andy Fu is a software engineer who specializes in writing enterprise softwares. In other words, if you have a software issue that isn’t resolved by restarting your computer, then Andy is there to help. Actually, Andy’s job is much more significant...

Andy Fu is a software engineer who specializes in writing enterprise softwares. In other words, if you have a software issue that isn’t resolved by restarting your computer, then Andy is there to help. Actually, Andy’s job is much more significant. His behind the scenes work allows businesses and organizations to be successful by keeping up with the demands of the fast paced and technologically dependent global marketplace.

In his free time Andy enjoys soccer, watching movies, and reading books about history and science. Andy resides in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago with his wife and daughter.

What draws you to Dynamis Ministries?

The Bible (and our Lord Jesus himself) mentions money numerous times and even teaches us to use money wisely so that we lay up for ourselves treasures in Heaven. Dynamis is such a ministry that could help churches and individuals, uncover potential resources to support ministries, build the Lord’s Kingdom, and lay up treasures in Heaven.

Director

Brian Becker

Brian Becker is a consultant and executive leadership coach to nonprofits. Through collaborative work with his clients, Brian helps design transformational plans towards larger impact, builds stronger and more effective boards...

Brian Becker is a consultant and executive leadership coach to nonprofits. Through collaborative work with his clients, Brian helps design transformational plans towards larger impact, builds stronger and more effective boards, and raises more money. This happens through consulting, facilitation, and executive coaching to shift the culture and thinking towards possibilities.

Brian is a husband, a father of two young adult kids, a grandfather…and child of God. He loves music- listening and performing, sports, and two-wheeled things (motorcycles, scooters and bicycles).

What draws you to Dynamis Ministries?

Congregations are vitally important to The Kingdom and to their local communities because this is the place where the saving grace of Jesus Christ is proclaimed. Congregations are the place where we gather to confess sins, receive forgiveness, give, pray, praise and offer thanks to God. This is an immensely important thing, albeit rare in society.

Also, congregations are a vitally important partners to the local community, along with schools, hospitals, etc. Why that matters is that here families find community, friendship, respite, and trusting relationships. Here children see their moms and dads and other adults serving, giving, and acting in ways that demonstrate moral and ethical behavior that helps kids build self-confidence, character and skills that serve God and “love their neighbor.”

While companies, schools, and other nonprofits can contribute in important ways, they naturally place the “self” at the center of their work, so it’s “all about me.” The church places God at the center, and thus all of our work, service, development of faith and family places God at the center. This demonstrates, appropriately, that we’re all about being in-service to a calling that is much greater than self. Any small effort that I might provide to help strengthen that is worth it.

Director

Jill Zempel

Jill is a wife, daughter, and mom of three girls. Born and raised in Chicago, she attended college in Texas, and since 1988, she and her husband, Brian, have lived in California, Florida, Wisconsin and currently Tennessee. She has over 25...

Jill is a wife, daughter, and mom of three girls. Born and raised in Chicago, she attended college in Texas, and since 1988, she and her husband, Brian, have lived in California, Florida, Wisconsin and currently Tennessee. She has over 25 years of experience in communications and writing/editing; the majority working with non-profits. Most recently Jill was a volunteer coordinator for Dora Comfort Dog Ministry in Milwaukee - part of Lutheran Church Charities K9 Ministry.

She has a heart for Christian education, connecting with others, and serving those in need. She loves spending time with family and friends, hiking, sports, music, books and travel. Jill is grateful to her parents for giving her wide open spaces! If you give her any personality test, she will score in the absolute middle - every. single. time.

What draws you to Dynamis Ministries?

She believes there is a real need for conversation about generosity - what it means, how we talk about it, what we do about it. Generosity - of time, talent and treasure - is at the heart of who we are as God’s people. Jill’s hope is that we are bold enough to have those conversations and keep Christ at the center.

Director

Amy Clark

Amy Clark is enthusiastic about making everyone feel like one of the cool kids. She loves working every day with financial professionals by supporting and engaging the growth of their practices. With over twenty years experience in financial...

Amy Clark is enthusiastic about making everyone feel like one of the cool kids. She loves working every day with financial professionals by supporting and engaging the growth of their practices. With over twenty years experience in financial services, she has worked in several positions including administrative, customer service, training and launch, Private Client Banker, Private Client Financial Advisor, Community Engagement Leader, and now her favorite role as a Regional Marketing Specialist. Through steadfast collaboration, Amy helps match talented people with the right resources to improve their impact on those around them. Amy loves staying connected to her family and friends by talking on the phone, facetiming, and sharing gifs and memes. She is also one of the last remaining church organists and is a regular church pianist—even in zoom church. She is an avid reader of personal and professional development books and likes finding new nature trails for fun.

What draws you to Dynamis Ministries?

On my very first day of my very first job out of college, my boss challenged our team to write a list of 100 goals, from the smallest most mundane to the biggest far out dream. One of the goals I wrote that day was to have a million dollar charitable gift to my favorite cause. I still have the list and I still have that goal. I’m excited to be a part of Dynamis Ministries to learn more and help spread education on how we can all increase our generosity threshold in new ways.

Director

Ray Shimizu

Ray Shimizu’s life’s work demonstrates his leadership and caring nature. He has worked in personal financial services for over 28 years because he is passionate about the impact it can make on his client’s futures. He has served in numerous leadership positions within the financial industry’s...

Ray Shimizu’s life’s work demonstrates his leadership and caring nature. He has worked in personal financial services for over 28 years because he is passionate about the impact it can make on his client’s futures. He has served in numerous leadership positions within the financial industry’s advocacy and professional associations. Ray became a Christian just 13 years ago and has founded and participated in numerous men’s ministry and Bible study groups. He and his wife Stephanie worship at Elevation Church. Ray not only exhibits his care for others in his professional work, but also in the tremendous commitment of being the primary caregiver for his mother-in-law who suffers from degenerative Alzheimer’s. To relieve stress you can often find Ray on the racquetball court or lifting weights.

Why Dynamis?

Having worked with churches and people of faith and their finances for many, many years, I have witnessed the strain on dollars to achieve ministry. And I believe that is only going to worsen in the years to come. I believe that my experience and an organization like Dynamis are a perfect combination and can make significant impact.