Family Giving

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]

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]

To Be or Not to Be an Anonymous Donor

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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 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]

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]

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