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]

Still in Search of the Secret Recipe

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Four years ago, I wrote about finding the “secret recipe” for doing great philanthropy. I answered the question often asked, “How can I be sure my gift is effective and used for my intended purpose?” It is so easy to assume there is a secret to it all because the answer is not simple. It seems few feel they accomplish effective giving, so surely there’s a secret recipe. Of course, there is no secr ...[Read More]

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]

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