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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...
Dec 15 2021

How to Find the Warm Glow and Give to Make a Difference

It had already been a busy day, but I kept checking the clock on my desk so I wouldn’t be late for one more obligation. Bell Ringing! I signed up for a Salvation Army...
Nov 30 2021

Christmas Tree Cakes or Zebra Cakes, Why Does It Matter to Your Giving?

Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes arrived on shelves on time this year. Move over Zebra Cakes for those golden cake layers, smooth crème, classic white frosting with...
Nov 16 2021

How One Cow Plus a Flock of Chickens Made a Gift of Love

Catalog shopping is a finely-honed skill. I know this comes as no surprise because most of us have kicked it up a notch as we weathered the shutdown of 2020 and dealt...
Oct 19 2021

How a Few Minutes a Day Can Change the World

Can you change the world in a few minutes a day? A common question asked by teachers, writers, philanthropy advisors, and so on is, “if money is no object, what would...
Oct 06 2021

How Your Philanthropy Ripples into Greater Change

Sunflowers, zinnias and gerbera daisies have overtaken the rose bushes. A shallow garden running the length of our backyard fence is full of colorful flowers tumbling...
Sep 21 2021

How the Storytellers in Your Life Help Bring Your Legacy to Life

On the first Friday in October, the Nobel Prize Committee will announce the winner of the Peace Prize as well as prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and...
Sep 08 2021

How a Philanthropy Filter Easily Improves Giving

How does it feel to be a philanthropist today? It might be tempting to assume that question only applies to the wealthy donor who can write large checks year after...
Aug 18 2021

Tips for How One in a Row Can Remake Your Philanthropy

"She's a bookworm," a frequent description used to explain why I didn't hear my mother announce dinner or remind me of chores. As a teen, I occasionally found myself in...
Aug 03 2021

How to Make Nonprofits Jump Up and Down and Shout for Joy

Water, lights, toilet paper, batteries, rent, copy paper, staples, pens, printer cartridges – what do the items on this list have in common? They can all be found...
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...
Dec 15 2021

How to Find the Warm Glow and Give to Make a Difference

It had already been a busy day, but I kept checking the clock on my desk so I wouldn’t be late for one more obligation. Bell Ringing! I signed up for a Salvation Army...
Nov 30 2021

Christmas Tree Cakes or Zebra Cakes, Why Does It Matter to Your Giving?

Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes arrived on shelves on time this year. Move over Zebra Cakes for those golden cake layers, smooth crème, classic white frosting with...
Nov 16 2021

How One Cow Plus a Flock of Chickens Made a Gift of Love

Catalog shopping is a finely-honed skill. I know this comes as no surprise because most of us have kicked it up a notch as we weathered the shutdown of 2020 and dealt...
Oct 19 2021

How a Few Minutes a Day Can Change the World

Can you change the world in a few minutes a day? A common question asked by teachers, writers, philanthropy advisors, and so on is, “if money is no object, what would...
Oct 06 2021

How Your Philanthropy Ripples into Greater Change

Sunflowers, zinnias and gerbera daisies have overtaken the rose bushes. A shallow garden running the length of our backyard fence is full of colorful flowers tumbling...
Sep 21 2021

How the Storytellers in Your Life Help Bring Your Legacy to Life

On the first Friday in October, the Nobel Prize Committee will announce the winner of the Peace Prize as well as prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and...
Sep 08 2021

How a Philanthropy Filter Easily Improves Giving

How does it feel to be a philanthropist today? It might be tempting to assume that question only applies to the wealthy donor who can write large checks year after...
Aug 18 2021

Tips for How One in a Row Can Remake Your Philanthropy

"She's a bookworm," a frequent description used to explain why I didn't hear my mother announce dinner or remind me of chores. As a teen, I occasionally found myself in...
Aug 03 2021

How to Make Nonprofits Jump Up and Down and Shout for Joy

Water, lights, toilet paper, batteries, rent, copy paper, staples, pens, printer cartridges – what do the items on this list have in common? They can all be found...

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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

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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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