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May 18 2022

How the Uncommon Giving Conversation Will Spark Your Giving

If I say $3.99 or $4.05, you already know what I'm talking about – the fast-rising cost of gas at the pumps. It's suddenly such a common conversation that most folks...
May 04 2022

Why Small Organizations Matter Just as Much as Large Organizations

Early this year, I set a goal to make at least one charitable gift every month. As I thought about the year, I realized it would be easy to give in April, thanks to...
Apr 20 2022

How Place-Based Philanthropy Benefits Local Communities

Guest Blog: Margie Boyd, Executive Vice President, Your Philanthropy When I first moved to East Texas over 20 years ago, I remember jumping online and visiting the...
Apr 05 2022

Why Social Media Likes and Shares Aren’t Enough for Donors

Not too long ago, just a decade or so, action required considerable movement by using large muscle groups like glutes, quads, and hamstrings; we got out of the recliner...
Mar 22 2022

What Giving Style Is at the Heart of Your Philanthropy?

News flash: Nonprofit organizations seldom have concrete goals, measurable outcomes or a precise strategic plan which can be relied upon by the donor to make safe,...
Mar 09 2022

How to Decide the Best Way to Help Ukraine Now and Later

Tears filled my eyes Wednesday morning, March 9, reading accounts of now 2 million refugees fleeing Ukraine. My heart aches from the images and stories. War is not an...
Feb 23 2022

How To Turn Your Next Special Event Into Impact-Driven Opportunity

If you’re a glass-half-full sort of person, then a room full of donors might be just the opportunity you’re looking for. In October of 2019, I wrote about special event...
Feb 08 2022

How Helping Someone Is Another Way of Giving

Have you helped a stranger today? Helping a stranger is immediate warm glow generosity. You feel it all over when you’ve helped simply because you could. Held the door...
Jan 25 2022

The Politics of Generosity: Reclaiming Our Nation’s Misspent Vocabulary

YPJ Note: After reading Cathy's article in our local newspaper, we thought she asked some very interesting questions. As we have shared many times in the YP Journal,...
Jan 12 2022

How to Be Successful with Family Resolutions and Change Everyone

Now, two weeks into the new year, we're back into our routines, meeting daily demands and business as usual. If you're the resolution type, you've either already fallen...
May 18 2022

How the Uncommon Giving Conversation Will Spark Your Giving

If I say $3.99 or $4.05, you already know what I'm talking about – the fast-rising cost of gas at the pumps. It's suddenly such a common conversation that most folks...
May 04 2022

Why Small Organizations Matter Just as Much as Large Organizations

Early this year, I set a goal to make at least one charitable gift every month. As I thought about the year, I realized it would be easy to give in April, thanks to...
Apr 20 2022

How Place-Based Philanthropy Benefits Local Communities

Guest Blog: Margie Boyd, Executive Vice President, Your Philanthropy When I first moved to East Texas over 20 years ago, I remember jumping online and visiting the...
Apr 05 2022

Why Social Media Likes and Shares Aren’t Enough for Donors

Not too long ago, just a decade or so, action required considerable movement by using large muscle groups like glutes, quads, and hamstrings; we got out of the recliner...
Mar 22 2022

What Giving Style Is at the Heart of Your Philanthropy?

News flash: Nonprofit organizations seldom have concrete goals, measurable outcomes or a precise strategic plan which can be relied upon by the donor to make safe,...
Mar 09 2022

How to Decide the Best Way to Help Ukraine Now and Later

Tears filled my eyes Wednesday morning, March 9, reading accounts of now 2 million refugees fleeing Ukraine. My heart aches from the images and stories. War is not an...
Feb 23 2022

How To Turn Your Next Special Event Into Impact-Driven Opportunity

If you’re a glass-half-full sort of person, then a room full of donors might be just the opportunity you’re looking for. In October of 2019, I wrote about special event...
Feb 08 2022

How Helping Someone Is Another Way of Giving

Have you helped a stranger today? Helping a stranger is immediate warm glow generosity. You feel it all over when you’ve helped simply because you could. Held the door...
Jan 25 2022

The Politics of Generosity: Reclaiming Our Nation’s Misspent Vocabulary

YPJ Note: After reading Cathy's article in our local newspaper, we thought she asked some very interesting questions. As we have shared many times in the YP Journal,...
Jan 12 2022

How to Be Successful with Family Resolutions and Change Everyone

Now, two weeks into the new year, we're back into our routines, meeting daily demands and business as usual. If you're the resolution type, you've either already fallen...

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Grant-making

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GEO – Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

 

Foundations

Exponent Philanthropy

Council on Foundations

Philanthropy Southwest

 

Family Philanthropy

National Center for Family Philanthropy

 

Governance

BoardSource

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