The Pros and Cons of Anonymous Giving

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How anonymous is an anonymous gift? A good place to start is what it means to you. Is it not being known 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 unnoticed? A yes means you’re right there with the dictionary definition. Now let’s talk about what you mean when you say, “I want to make an anony ...[Read More]

Best Donor Responses to a Charity Alarm


The alarm, blinking lights and a voice loudly announcing we should vacate the building immediately interrupted what had, up until that moment, been a productive morning. The unwelcome interruption to my workflow caused all manner of mental acrobatics. My first reaction was to go to the hallway to see if anyone else was vacating the building. I wasn’t alone in that reaction. My next thought was to ...[Read More]

How to Avoid Misgivings About Your Next Gen Giving

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Sifting through the pile, I searched for the envelope from our accountant with all the directions we need to get started on our taxes. Every year, before the Christmas sales are over, I start seeing advertisements for H&R Block. And every year I push back the thought that I must get started on that chore earlier than last year. For those making decisions that impact their estate, this time of ...[Read More]

Will New Tax Laws Change Our Personal Giving?

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In the early 1980s, as a very young nonprofit executive director, I experienced the impact of political change, or rather the impact of the predictions of change. On Jan. 20, 1981, President Reagan was inaugurated. Tax reform winds were blowing strong. By 1986, the tax-reform act passed Congress. During President Reagan’s two terms of office, philanthropy changed in many ways, learning to rely les ...[Read More]

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