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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....
Jul 06 2022

How Generosity Experiences at Family Gatherings Grows Family Legacy

At a family reunion, I learned my father paid his younger siblings a nickel for their chocolate pudding when he came home on military leave. He was the oldest of nine,...
Jun 15 2022

If You Reap What You Sow, What Kind of Garden Would You Grow?

Guest Blog: Margie Boyd, Executive Vice President, Your Philanthropy Sitting in a recent foundation board meeting listening to the wealth advisors give their financial...
Jun 01 2022

How Summer Days Are a Chance for Kids to Find Generosity Experiences

Someone once said, “Spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful things can be.” Indeed, leaves and grass turn green almost overnight, and flowers pop out of tree...
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...
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....
Jul 06 2022

How Generosity Experiences at Family Gatherings Grows Family Legacy

At a family reunion, I learned my father paid his younger siblings a nickel for their chocolate pudding when he came home on military leave. He was the oldest of nine,...
Jun 15 2022

If You Reap What You Sow, What Kind of Garden Would You Grow?

Guest Blog: Margie Boyd, Executive Vice President, Your Philanthropy Sitting in a recent foundation board meeting listening to the wealth advisors give their financial...
Jun 01 2022

How Summer Days Are a Chance for Kids to Find Generosity Experiences

Someone once said, “Spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful things can be.” Indeed, leaves and grass turn green almost overnight, and flowers pop out of tree...
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...

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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.

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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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