6 Tips to Engage the Next Generation in Giving

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My recent trip to the sunshine state was missing the yellow stuff as I drove in the blinding rain up the coast of Florida from St. Augustine to Jacksonville. Driving a rental car, listening to directions from my tablet, and not being able to see more than the lights in front of me was unsettling. I missed a hairpin exit where the sign said to slow to 25 miles. I did see the exit; but while process ...[Read More]

Strong Executive Directors Lead Healthy Nonprofits

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Henry sits patiently at the back door every night. He parks in the middle of the metal threshold, so it’s hard to avoid stepping on him in the dim porch lights. He’s consistent, every night, from dark till, well, whenever he gives it up, which is after I’ve gone on to bed.  The dogs and cats take a quick sniff as they walk past Henry on their way to a late-night stroll.  Several ...[Read More]

6 Motivations Driving Family Philanthropy

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Why does a family work together to give together? Despite the challenges of just being family, something else drives them toward a philanthropic vision and provides motivation to fuel their giving efforts. Sitting with a family while they sift through formal giving requests or year-end appeal letters provides a glimpse into all that is right about a family and often what gets in their way of being ...[Read More]

Play Makes Smart Giving

Play Smart Giving

Lego kids have come of age, and I don’t mean recently. They’ve been of age for some time now. You probably remember stumbling over Lego bricks or trying to build the picture on the box. Your forty-something-year-old kids had their share of boxes and buckets of Legos, and now your grandchildren are going to the Lego movie, a popular computer-animated adventure comedy film. All that creating and bui ...[Read More]

3 Quick Tips for Better Donor Listening Skills

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Listening to a book about listening is a challenge. Now I question my listening skills, and as the narrator speaks my mind drifts between memories of failed listening with family, co-workers, friends and even donors. For example… Donor Offers – No One’s Listening Yesterday, a donor shared a frustrating conversation with a nonprofit organization. She offered a significant donation amount. The ...[Read More]

Four Ways to Influence Giving Like Warren Buffett

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Are you the Warren Buffett of your social network? Do others follow your lead giving to the same organizations or in the same way you do? Two weeks ago, I spoke to a community leadership class about giving and philanthropy. We focused on everyone’s personal giving brand, what I call “Giving Fingerprints.”   Most folks are unaware of how deeply ingrained their giving actions are and how their decis ...[Read More]

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