Monthly Archives: July 2013

Surprised by Giving

By |July 31st, 2013|

The other day a gentleman came to our home and admired a piece of artwork hanging on one of our walls. Now, I must confess, I really like art. And as we continued to talk about art and other things we then went to lunch. It was at lunch when I felt prompted in my heart to give this man this particular oil painting. So, as he was about to leave, I went back and got the painting, took it off the wall, and said “here it is yours, I want you to [...]

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Sentimental Giving is Sacrificial Giving

By |July 30th, 2013|

If you are working with a wealthy philanthropist, talking about sacrificial giving is really dumb. I know people who have given away 90% of their wealth, which many would consider a gigantic sacrifice. But you must realize, when you are sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars or even billions, having 10% left over is still an enormous amount of money for these individuals. So it really is not a sacrifice. It may not even change their lifestyle – they may still be able to afford multiple homes while flying privately. So, if [...]

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Paying Off Pastors with Tithes & Offerings

By |July 29th, 2013|

The Wall Street Journal along with other newspapers often reports crazy payout packages to top CEOs that sleepy boards approved in the face of poor performance. Then someone gets really mad and sues but often the court upholds the decisions of the passive and elitist boards. This clearly angers shareholders and creates new policies and procedures for corporate America. But how often do nonprofit boards do the exact same thing? How often does your charitable donation go to pay off (i.e. fire) a poor performing CEO of a major nonprofit? Sadly, it does [...]

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No Cash and the Homeless

By |July 28th, 2013|

As more and more Americans carry only credit cards and debit cards, it makes it impossible to give cash to the homeless beggars you see on your street corner. There have been many times when I would have most likely given a few dollars here or there or even a larger bill or two, but sadly I just did not have any cash on hand. Yes, I could purchase someone a meal via a credit card, but in times past when I’ve offered that as a solution, it is often turned down. Why? [...]

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Pledge Cards are for Suckers!

By |July 27th, 2013|

Pledge cards are for suckers! Seriously, if you don’t have the money to give or if you don’t want to give, then just don’t give. But don’t say you’re going to pledge money to give and then not give it, because life happened. If someone wants you to fill out a pledge card, simply ask them how much money they want/need or are requesting for you to give. Then if you have it, and if you feel inclined to give, then give the cash on the spot. I’ve never known anyone who does [...]

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Mistakes are Part of the Philanthropic Journey

By |July 26th, 2013|

You are going to make mistakes in the world of philanthropy. You might as well get used to it. No one is perfect and no one gives perfectly or makes nonprofits run as effectively or efficiently as they would like. But here again, this is no excuse not to try harder and to learn from past mistakes. But this is to say we need to be honest about our failures, mistakes and pitfalls, even if it means being embarrassed in front [...]

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Giving the Gift of Encouragement

By |July 25th, 2013|

Encouragement. We all need it. We all want it. We all want to feel appreciated and loved. But sometimes we just need a word of encouragement to motivate us to go beyond our own limits – to seek out new adventures or to simply refocus and get back on the path to our higher calling in life. And this often comes in giving an encouraging word through a phone call, email, Facebook message, text, tweet, hand written letter, or yes even an in person face-to-face visit. Life is hard and we need each [...]

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Giving the Gift of Books

By |July 24th, 2013|

I’ve decided to stop counting how many books I own and I own probably well over a thousand or more. And the sad thing is I know people who take pride in things like this. But over the years, I’ve been convicted that books need to be given, shared and recycled into the eyes and minds of other readers. There is no need for me to sit in a library with so many books that they are stacked on top of each other. And yes, I don’t believe in hoarding. So several years [...]

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Purposeful Passionate Philanthropists Tend to Be Healthier Givers

By |July 23rd, 2013|

Purposeful passion within a philanthropist’s heart is a beautiful thing. Too many philanthropists and everyday donors give sporadically to one cause here and a totally different cause there. Friends, family and work colleagues tend to spur this kind of giving on. And this type of giving makes everyone feel good for a while. But after years of hodge-podge giving, many middle class Americans are realizing that they’ve given away tens of thousands of dollars over the years. And a few have given even into the hundreds of thousands. But they cannot point to [...]

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Golf Clubs & Prayer

By |July 22nd, 2013|

Not all gifts have to be money. I’ve decided to give away two sets of golf clubs, bags and all. These are fairly new and fairly unused. I decided that these sets of golf clubs should be either sold or given away. Well, I cannot find anyone who will pay anything for them, so I decided to call up a local high school to see if any of their student golfers could use a set of clubs. And of course the athletic director was thrilled that someone would like to donate. I share [...]

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