Nonprofits

How Mid-Year Gifts Make Healthy Nonprofits

Mid-Year Gifts

Standing in the alley behind our office building, I struggled to breathe evenly. Blinking back tears, I tried to figure out the words I would use to deliver the news. For the first time in our history, we faced a cutback of services and a staff layoff. I had been through plenty of ups and downs over more than ten years at my nonprofit. Only one other time had come close to that same moment during ...[Read More]

How to Get a Seat at the Table in the Fight to End Poverty

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As a donor, making a gift can get you a seat at the table in fighting to end poverty. Sitting at the table gives you an up close and personal view of the problem. You become a smarter donor and they get food on their table. Deciding whether the best answer is to write a check to the local food bank or give to a national organization with multiple programs is a real challenge. Your past experience ...[Read More]

How to Make Wise Giving Decisions About Young Nonprofits

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The daffodils are fading and the weather warming. I planted a few tomato plants and moved several potted plants to the back porch, and then the temperature dropped. Once again, misled by the inexact science of weather predictions. So, I check the Old Farmer’s Almanac and learn April and May will be cooler than usual. Maybe I will have more tomatoes, but when do the potted plants escape to the outd ...[Read More]

Are You Willing to Trust the Next Generation?

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“How about oatmeal for breakfast?” That was the question I asked my dad during a recent visit to his home. He was preoccupied and assumed I would make it like, well, just like it’s supposed to be made. “Sure,” he responded while passing through the kitchen. I busied myself with the simple task of cooking oatmeal. I don’t follow the instructions on the box. After many years ...[Read More]

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