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Nov 30 2022

Five Tips to Protect Donor Intent and Family Foundation Unity

By Margie Boyd, Executive Vice President, Your Philanthropy, margie@your-philanthropy.com   With the greatest transfer of wealth from one generation to the next...
Nov 15 2022

How Respect and Trust Can Make You a Better Giver

Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings, brightly wrapped presents under Christmas trees, bicycles, and tricycles – it's supposed to be a wonderful time of year....
Nov 01 2022

How Anonymous Giving Challenges Even the Best Givers

How "anonymous" is an anonymous gift? An even better question: how anonymous is a gift to a nonprofit organization in today's digital world?   The answers are not...
Oct 17 2022

How Understanding Nonprofit Duplication Makes You a Better Donor

Sitting across the table was a gentleman I had just met. He excitedly described how the new nonprofit he envisioned, would change lives. Almost breathless between...
Oct 05 2022

How SMART Gifts Can Transform Faith-based Giving

Smart is such a great word. It makes us feel good, as in what great glasses – they make you look so smart. Or, look how fast my dog learned that trick – he's so smart....
Sep 14 2022

When to Have This One Talk to Ensure an Enduring Legacy

Are we too late? That was the question asked casually by an acquaintance. Too late for what? Too late for one of the most important conversations you can have with your...
Aug 31 2022

Nine Best Life Lesson Tips to Enhance Generations of Giving

  Blinking lights. School zones. Weather changes. Fall is right around the corner. Recent rainy days here at the start of school reminded me of my first day in...
Aug 16 2022

How Your Gift to Early Childhood Education for All Children Matters

There's a new puppy in my house. Sophie is a precious Corgi when she's sound asleep. She's a dynamo wide-awake, racing through the house on an invisible racetrack only...
Aug 02 2022

Seven Tips to Use Conflict to Experience Productive Family Gatherings

Have you been to a family gathering this summer? Did you hear a story at the BBQ, Fourth of July celebration, reunion, or wedding reception? You know, the story about...
Jul 20 2022

How Generosity Will Make You Wiser and Happier Today

At twenty-five, I frequently lamented that I couldn’t wait to be thirty-five years old. That might seem odd, but I was sure I would be taken seriously by thirty-five....
Nov 30 2022

Five Tips to Protect Donor Intent and Family Foundation Unity

By Margie Boyd, Executive Vice President, Your Philanthropy, margie@your-philanthropy.com   With the greatest transfer of wealth from one generation to the next...
Nov 15 2022

How Respect and Trust Can Make You a Better Giver

Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings, brightly wrapped presents under Christmas trees, bicycles, and tricycles – it's supposed to be a wonderful time of year....
Nov 01 2022

How Anonymous Giving Challenges Even the Best Givers

How "anonymous" is an anonymous gift? An even better question: how anonymous is a gift to a nonprofit organization in today's digital world?   The answers are not...
Oct 17 2022

How Understanding Nonprofit Duplication Makes You a Better Donor

Sitting across the table was a gentleman I had just met. He excitedly described how the new nonprofit he envisioned, would change lives. Almost breathless between...
Oct 05 2022

How SMART Gifts Can Transform Faith-based Giving

Smart is such a great word. It makes us feel good, as in what great glasses – they make you look so smart. Or, look how fast my dog learned that trick – he's so smart....
Sep 14 2022

When to Have This One Talk to Ensure an Enduring Legacy

Are we too late? That was the question asked casually by an acquaintance. Too late for what? Too late for one of the most important conversations you can have with your...
Aug 31 2022

Nine Best Life Lesson Tips to Enhance Generations of Giving

  Blinking lights. School zones. Weather changes. Fall is right around the corner. Recent rainy days here at the start of school reminded me of my first day in...
Aug 16 2022

How Your Gift to Early Childhood Education for All Children Matters

There's a new puppy in my house. Sophie is a precious Corgi when she's sound asleep. She's a dynamo wide-awake, racing through the house on an invisible racetrack only...
Aug 02 2022

Seven Tips to Use Conflict to Experience Productive Family Gatherings

Have you been to a family gathering this summer? Did you hear a story at the BBQ, Fourth of July celebration, reunion, or wedding reception? You know, the story about...
Jul 20 2022

How Generosity Will Make You Wiser and Happier Today

At twenty-five, I frequently lamented that I couldn’t wait to be thirty-five years old. That might seem odd, but I was sure I would be taken seriously by thirty-five....

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“You are as unique as the pattern of whorls and lines of your fingerprint. So is your giving style. Make your mark on the causes closest to your heart, and maximize the impact of your gifts by discovering your distinctive, personal giving brand.

I wrote this short book to give you a view of your giving habits. What does your unique giving pattern say about you? Join me on a journey to explore your Giving Fingerprints.”

— Dawn Franks

Online Resources

Your Philanthropy recommends the following online resources. Simply click on the links below to access these web sites.

Grant-making

GrantCraft

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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Family Foundations: Starting from Scratch

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