How to Choose a Personal Giving Adviser

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What does the act of giving look like for you? What happens in your mind between the time you hear or read a story that describes a need and when you make the contribution? Is the desire to contribute a heart response or a mind response? Most likely it is both. Dr. Jen Shang, a philanthropic psychologist and director of research at the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy in Devon, Southwe ...[Read More]

Know When to Donate to Founder-led Organizations

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The nonprofit founder sitting across the table is frustrated by the challenge of raising needed funds. Busy developing and delivering services in the nonprofit’s early years, there’s been little time for fundraising. I ask questions and work my way around to one I believe is critical when small organizations are struggling, especially so when the founder is at the helm. “How many board membe ...[Read More]

Curiosity Helps Identify Solutions to Make a Difference

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Grady, our adopted tabby cat, came to live with us eight years ago. He had a sizable chip on his shoulder, and a look that said, “What took you so long to bring me home?” It took a long time to smooth the chip off, but eventually, he accepted 30 seconds of affection in addition to feeding-time strokes he loudly demands. Over time he adopted our corgi, Casey, and now accompanies us on morning walks ...[Read More]

Continue to Support a Nonprofit in Hard Times

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The recent three-day weekend afforded extra time for my gardening habit. I’ve created what I call the green monster in my yard. It takes a lot of my free time but is the source of both pleasure and pain. I experienced some of the pain while trimming bushes. Close by is a pretty, low-growing plant called Walker’s low catmint. I planted it in anticipation of the pleasure our cats experience rolling ...[Read More]

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