Personal Giving

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]

Best Donor Responses to a Charity Alarm

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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]

5 Secrets to Donor Happiness

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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]

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