Personal Giving

Donations Instead of Flowers Keep Memories and Nonprofits Alive

memories

It didn’t start out as a month of remembrances, but it is. I enjoyed reflecting on memories from childhood with Grandparent’s Day early in September. But then not quite unexpectedly my mother passed away. Despite how prepared you think you will be the place and time of death still comes as a surprise. Memories piled on top of each other like a tall mountain, one I preferred to climb slowly, Howeve ...[Read More]

Lessons I’ve Learned About Nonprofit Results and Predictions

nonprofit results

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

giving recipe

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

next generation

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]

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