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How to Prepare for Life’s Untimely Events

How to Prepare for Life’s Untimely Events

While sitting at a stoplight, I answered a phone call expecting one voice but hearing another. The voice I expected was the founder of a family foundation that I had worked with for several years.  We had been preparing for a meeting two weeks away. The voice I heard delivered sad news. On the second hole at the golf course with one of his best friends, David (names have been changed to prote ...[Read More]

How to Forge Stronger Relationships with Your Favorite Nonprofits

Bridge Building

The world of private philanthropy is often an enigma in the eyes of nonprofit leaders. We create confusion and frustration for nonprofit organizations. We are a puzzle. We speak in riddles and leave breadcrumb trails of paradox. Nonprofit staff spends countless hours in workshops and conferences seeking a better understanding of private foundations and major donors. Perhaps you are familiar with t ...[Read More]

How Four Simple Behaviors Improved My Giving Habits

learn together

Once July 4th rolls around, I begin to anticipate another year rapidly coming to an end. The list of things I intend to accomplish this year looms larger and longer as I realize how little time is left. Year-long giving is always on my list. It’s a habit I talk about all the time. You already know what I’m about to say: Give through-out the year. Be intentional. Gather information about nonprofit ...[Read More]

How Aunts and Uncles Teach the Next Generation About Giving

Aunts and Uncles

The day started normally. Two generations of family members gathered around a table for the annual meeting, intent on making giving decisions for the small family foundation. While only six of us, we represented many roles. Sisters, husbands, daughters, a niece and me, the outsider in this family system, had a lot of work in front of us and a deadline only a few hours away. The deadline marked the ...[Read More]

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