Dawn’s Blogs

Philanthropy Made Easy… After 40 Years of Lessons Learned!

40 years of learning

It started this way, “The questions that loom large as you navigate a college education are: What’s next? What career, what advanced degrees, where to start?” That was the opening paragraph of a very short piece I contributed to my alma mater for A Patriot’s Guide to Success. It was a few paragraphs intended for the freshman class of the University of Texas at Tyler. The small hardback book, chock ...[Read More]

How Family Giving Adds Joy to the Holidays

joy of giving

Will the next generation give as much as their grandparents and parents? And which generation is “the next generation”? Well, of course, the answer is relative. Every generation wonders about the one that follows.  Baby Boomers have been wondering about Generation X, and they are now both wondering about the Millennials. Holidays are the perfect time to learn how your children and grandchildren an ...[Read More]

How to Make the Most of Your Time at Fundraising Events

fundraising events

How many special event fundraisers have you attended – this year, last year, the last decade?  I’ve been to so many that it would take all the fingers and toes of a roomful of friends to count them all.  None stand out; they blend together in my mind. Now before you bale on this post, let me explain.  My purpose is not to help the nonprofit be better at their particular br ...[Read More]

Pondering Philanthropy Questions from a “Little Old Lady”

Pondering Philanthropy Questions from a “Little Old Lady”

Sometimes when I sit down to write the YP Journal, a philanthropy issue is on my mind. But today there was no such burning issue, so in the spirit of hunting for inspiration, I started looking back at old articles and stumbled across one calling my name. It was titled “A Plain Answer Will Do.” My mother, who passed away two years ago, almost to the day I am writing this, is the little old lady in ...[Read More]

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