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My Philanthropy or Your Philanthropy?

My Philanthropy or Your Philanthropy?

Here’s how it happens time after time. Someone I haven’t seen for a while asks me how my new business is going? Then they often follow it with “What’s the name again? My Philanthropy?” I always smile and say with emphasis “no, it’s Your Philanthropy.” What often follows is a quizzical look. I keep smiling, waiting to let them process the difference between my and your – one a pronoun and the other ...[Read More]

Google Can’t Answer Every Question

Google Can’t Answer Every Question

I just read that effective people usually ask good questions – not just of others, but of themselves. Then I read this, “Life is a big question that even Google can’t answer.” I don’t know who said it, but it’s the right quote for this fast paced internet-driven world we live in. When you want to know something how often do you Google it? I have to admit that I’ve become so reliant on ...[Read More]

Four Lessons From Many Puzzles

Four Lessons From Many Puzzles

My work this year can be described as many different puzzles. Whether it was a family, a business, or a foundation fitting all the pieces together was as easy as it was hard. Every puzzle was different, and finishing was rewarding. Giving puzzles are more frequent than you think, different ways to give with many different shapes.  Rewarding when it all came together. My giving puzzles included urg ...[Read More]

Giving Stories Create Family Legacies

Giving Stories Create Family Legacies

Family legacies grow from stories. I’ve witnessed it first hand. Last year I spent time with a family mulling over a family gift in honor of grandmother.  Grandmother had been involved with several organizations, so the family sorted through various ideas about what would mean the most to her. Last week I spent time with two teenagers deciding what recommendation to make to their parents abo ...[Read More]

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