3 Reasons To Listen As We Gather Together

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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]

Decide Where, When, How in Giving to Disasters

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Disasters have been coming at us, roaring across our TV’s. There is little rhyme or reason and even less sensible explanation for why now, why there, why here. Texas, Florida, California, Puerto Rico and even Las Vegas. With so much loss of human life, personal belongings, financial infrastructure, how can we avoid being overwhelmed yet reach out and help? First, turn off the TV news. As donors, w ...[Read More]

Why the Giving Triangle Matters

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I didn’t think much of triangles in the tenth grade. They were just sides and angles. They were consistent, always a base with two sides leaning against each other as they came to a point.  Sides might be equal, or not.  The space inside the triangle is larger at the bottom than the top. Triangles have a tough time balancing on their points. That’s what I learned in math… and then came philanthrop ...[Read More]

Donations Instead of Flowers Keep Memories and Nonprofits Alive

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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]

Honoring Lessons From Our Grandparents

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Why do we celebrate Grandparents Day? Grandparents are cool. I vote we celebrate all month long! Originally established by presidential decree in 1978, it is intended as a day to honor grandparents for the contributions they make in our lives. It set me thinking about the contributions of my grandparents. I was fortunate enough to know all my grandparents. Their impact in my life can be measured d ...[Read More]

Lessons I’ve Learned About Nonprofit Results and Predictions

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I paused the television briefly to catch the week’s weather prediction. I was trying to figure out exactly what to expect. It said 30% hit or miss showers. I’m often confused about the percentages for the rain forecast – will the rain hit me or miss me? Years ago, a friend informed me that the expected rain percentages were based on the size of the viewing area according to her local weather ...[Read More]

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