Philanthropy

A Giving Ladder You Can Share     

Giving Ladder

Peeping through a keyhole on Christmas morning I could see the packages and toys Santa brought. All under the age of ten, we four made up the grandkid clan taking turns looking through that keyhole while my grandmother took her sweet time cooking breakfast. My sweet grandmother had a six-year-old granddaughter with a “can’t you hurry it up” attitude, anxious to get to the new Raggedy Ann perched u ...[Read More]

3 Reasons To Listen As We Gather Together

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My weekend was spent with a family, two generations. Gathered together for an annual giving meeting they aimed to work through a sizeable list of giving requests and agree on how much to give. The second generation had come from various states to join their parents in a series of giving decisions. Different states were only the beginning of many differences between the siblings. It made for moment ...[Read More]

Decide Where, When, How in Giving to Disasters

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Disasters have been coming at us, roaring across our TV’s. There is little rhyme or reason and even less sensible explanation for why now, why there, why here. Texas, Florida, California, Puerto Rico and even Las Vegas. With so much loss of human life, personal belongings, financial infrastructure, how can we avoid being overwhelmed yet reach out and help? First, turn off the TV news. As donors, w ...[Read More]

Why the Giving Triangle Matters

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I didn’t think much of triangles in the tenth grade. They were just sides and angles. They were consistent, always a base with two sides leaning against each other as they came to a point.  Sides might be equal, or not.  The space inside the triangle is larger at the bottom than the top. Triangles have a tough time balancing on their points. That’s what I learned in math… and then came philanthrop ...[Read More]

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