3 Important Skills Your Giving Advisor Needs to Have

Giving Advisor

What does the act of giving look like for you? What happens in your mind between the time you hear or read a story that describes a need and when you make the contribution? Is the desire to contribute a heart response or a mind response? Most likely it is both. Dr. Jen Shang, a Philanthropic Psychologist and Director of Research at the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy in Devon, Southwe ...[Read More]

Five Easy Questions to Make a Better Designated Gift

designated gift

Is there one right answer to the question, how many programs can one nonprofit organization operate? Of course, the answer is no because every organization is different. Some are single focused on clients and services. Others provide a multitude of programs, serving different types of clients with different needs. Here’s a better question. Is the program successfully serving clients? Is it meeting ...[Read More]

How to Build a Giving Bridge One Intentional Gift at a Time

giving bridge

I know my childhood memory of the Big Eddy Bridge, now under Lake Palestine in Texas, is not accurate. But the memory is real.  Every chance we had my brother, and I would convince my dad to drive over the old and very rickety bridge.  It seemed like every board in that old wooden bridge slapped the tires as my dad slowly made his way across. Sometimes he would stop right in the middle and debate ...[Read More]

How to Share Your Generosity with a Child

generosity

A special note: This blog is mostly about grandparents, but I challenge you to replace those words with parents, aunt, uncle or friend every time you read them. This blog is about all of us and the unique role we play in the lives of the children all around us. “I love it when the grandkids come to visit during the summer. I miss the sounds of family.” That’s what one grandmother told me last week ...[Read More]

How to Be More than a Fair-weather Donor

Fair-weather donor

The recent three-day weekend afforded extra time for my gardening habit, what I call the green monster in my yard. It takes a lot of my free time and is the source of both pleasure and pain. Recently, I experienced some of the pain while trimming bushes. Close by is a pretty, low growing plant called Walkers Low Catmint. I planted it in anticipation of the pleasure our cats would experience rollin ...[Read More]

How to Trust Your Unique Giving Instincts

giving instincts

Join us for a fun event. Help us honor or remember. Please help feed, educate, clothe – you know the drill. These are the messages that jump off the pages and invitations in your mailbox every day. The pleas are real, the invitation to the fun is real, just like the opportunity to recognize and remember. Do you love to have fun? So, the invite to come to a party or play golf to help raise money fo ...[Read More]

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