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Jul 10 2024

How Nonprofits Got Smarter and What it Means for Donors

I turned the calendar page this morning and found this quote: “Starting over is not starting from scratch; it’s starting from experience.” Career changes, family...
Jun 19 2024

3 Questions and 3 Tips to Give Like Melinda Gates

I stepped out of the sunroom to a sunny, cool morning. Then I realized it's mid-June, and the year is half over. Summers used to mean running barefoot through the...
Jun 04 2024

5 Easy Tips for Summer Time with Grandkids

A morning walk triggered a fond memory in early June, mid-sixties. The water was cold as I jumped into the pool's shallow end. Slowly walking down the pool steps, my...
May 20 2024

Six Ideas to Honor the 2024 Graduate

The front page of today's newspaper has a wonderful story about a graduating high school senior at the top of his class, already facing life's realities and unexpected...
May 08 2024

Why the Science of Fundraising Makes for Better Fundraising

Photo:  Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic Over twenty years of my nonprofit career, I drove or flew home from meetings and conferences, wondering how to...
Apr 17 2024

Aspiration and Generosity: The Dynamic Duo that Leads to Your Best Giving

What are your aspirations for generosity? Do you dream of what might be? What you could be doing? How you might do something differently? Dreams always lead to me...
Mar 21 2024

3 Ways to Make 2024 Giving the Best Year!

Exactly twenty-two months ago, we adopted a two-month-old corgi. On the drive home, we named her Sophie. Later, while completing her registration papers, I decided that...
Feb 20 2024

Create a Legacy Statement for Future Generations

Tiny stacks of 35-millimeter slides covered the dining room table. One by one I passed them through the slide viewer. The story of my parents’ earliest years together...
Feb 07 2024

Five Tips to be a Smart Donor and Great Fundraiser

My date and I headed to the zoo for a fun afternoon. With curiosity as a guide, I expected to enjoy the animals and maybe answer a few questions about a guy I found...
Jan 24 2024

A Legacy in the Words of One Man

When you hear a suggestion to share your stories with your children and grandchildren, do you hear a voice say, “They’re not interested, don’t have time, and don’t care...
Jul 10 2024

How Nonprofits Got Smarter and What it Means for Donors

I turned the calendar page this morning and found this quote: “Starting over is not starting from scratch; it’s starting from experience.” Career changes, family...
Jun 19 2024

3 Questions and 3 Tips to Give Like Melinda Gates

I stepped out of the sunroom to a sunny, cool morning. Then I realized it's mid-June, and the year is half over. Summers used to mean running barefoot through the...
Jun 04 2024

5 Easy Tips for Summer Time with Grandkids

A morning walk triggered a fond memory in early June, mid-sixties. The water was cold as I jumped into the pool's shallow end. Slowly walking down the pool steps, my...
May 20 2024

Six Ideas to Honor the 2024 Graduate

The front page of today's newspaper has a wonderful story about a graduating high school senior at the top of his class, already facing life's realities and unexpected...
May 08 2024

Why the Science of Fundraising Makes for Better Fundraising

Photo:  Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic Over twenty years of my nonprofit career, I drove or flew home from meetings and conferences, wondering how to...
Apr 17 2024

Aspiration and Generosity: The Dynamic Duo that Leads to Your Best Giving

What are your aspirations for generosity? Do you dream of what might be? What you could be doing? How you might do something differently? Dreams always lead to me...
Mar 21 2024

3 Ways to Make 2024 Giving the Best Year!

Exactly twenty-two months ago, we adopted a two-month-old corgi. On the drive home, we named her Sophie. Later, while completing her registration papers, I decided that...
Feb 20 2024

Create a Legacy Statement for Future Generations

Tiny stacks of 35-millimeter slides covered the dining room table. One by one I passed them through the slide viewer. The story of my parents’ earliest years together...
Feb 07 2024

Five Tips to be a Smart Donor and Great Fundraiser

My date and I headed to the zoo for a fun afternoon. With curiosity as a guide, I expected to enjoy the animals and maybe answer a few questions about a guy I found...
Jan 24 2024

A Legacy in the Words of One Man

When you hear a suggestion to share your stories with your children and grandchildren, do you hear a voice say, “They’re not interested, don’t have time, and don’t care...

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Online Resources

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Grant-making

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Foundations

Exponent Philanthropy

Council on Foundations

Philanthropy Southwest

 

Family Philanthropy

National Center for Family Philanthropy

 

Governance

BoardSource

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