Hot Dogs, Money and Kids


If you could invent one thing to make the world a better place, what would it be? That’s the question we put to eleven-year-old Jack during the game Phil and His Family’s Adventures in Giving. Joined by his thirteen-year-old brother and another friend of the same age, we took turns answering scripted questions. Questions like, “What is the nicest thing you have ever done for someone” or “What is t ...[Read More]

A Giving Ladder You Can Share     

Giving Ladder

Peeping through a keyhole on Christmas morning I could see the packages and toys Santa brought. All under the age of ten, we four made up the grandkid clan taking turns looking through that keyhole while my grandmother took her sweet time cooking breakfast. My sweet grandmother had a six-year-old granddaughter with a “can’t you hurry it up” attitude, anxious to get to the new Raggedy Ann perched u ...[Read More]

3 Reasons To Listen As We Gather Together


My weekend was spent with a family, two generations. Gathered together for an annual giving meeting they aimed to work through a sizeable list of giving requests and agree on how much to give. The second generation had come from various states to join their parents in a series of giving decisions. Different states were only the beginning of many differences between the siblings. It made for moment ...[Read More]

Donations Instead of Flowers Keep Memories and Nonprofits Alive


It didn’t start out as a month of remembrances, but it is. I enjoyed reflecting on memories from childhood with Grandparent’s Day early in September. But then not quite unexpectedly my mother passed away. Despite how prepared you think you will be the place and time of death still comes as a surprise. Memories piled on top of each other like a tall mountain, one I preferred to climb slowly, Howeve ...[Read More]

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