Four Ways to Influence Giving Like Warren Buffett


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]

Church-School Partnerships for the Good of Children


Think back to a time when someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up. Now think about a time when you asked your child or grandchild what they wanted to be when they grew up. Doctor, teacher, nurse, astronaut, cowboy, rock star. OK, you and I would not have said rock star and your grandchild probably didn’t say cowboy. Times change.  The desire to be something when we grow up is inna ...[Read More]

To Be or Not to Be an Anonymous Donor


How “anonymous” is an anonymous gift? A good place to start is what it means to you. Is it not being noticed for specific actions or gifts you made? Is it being known by a few but not the many? Is it making a gift or doing something that is unremarkable or unrecognized? Let’s talk about what you mean when you say I want to make an anonymous gift. First, let me share a story with you. In my early y ...[Read More]

5 Secrets to Donor Happiness


I love the colors of early spring. They make me happy, lift my spirits and make me want to share my happiness. Here’s how you can be happy, experiencing pleasure and contentment. Warning donors, it requires spending. It requires giving of and beyond ourselves. If you have time, read Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton’s book Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending. It outlines five core princip ...[Read More]

Entrepreneur or Artist, Be True to Your Giving Spirit

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News flash: Nonprofit organizations seldom have concrete goals, measurable outcomes or a precise strategic plan which can be relied upon by the donor to make safe, highly impactful and targeted gifts. Only the tiniest percentage of donors can be sure their charitable gift hits the bulls-eye of philanthropic intent. If the donor cannot be exacting, what’s left? Without realizing it, most donors giv ...[Read More]

The Exploring Donor…to Learn More and Give Better!


When does a question matter? Of course, that leads to what questions matter and to whom do they matter? Recently, I had the opportunity to help a donor think through the critical questions that needed to be answered by a nonprofit organization in hopes of a significant gift. We worked for some time crafting the questions on paper, re-wording, adding and taking away to get each one just right. Once ...[Read More]

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