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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...
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,...
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...
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,...

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Council on Foundations

Philanthropy Southwest

 

Family Philanthropy

National Center for Family Philanthropy

 

Governance

BoardSource

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