Monthly Archives: July 2017

Artists are Generous Givers

By |July 31st, 2017|

Artists are generous givers. Artist create art not so much for themselves but really for the world. Yes, their artwork maybe therapeutic for themselves and the process maybe inspirational, but at the end of the day artist create art to share to the world. Whether they are selling their art in galleries, or donating pieces for philanthropic fundraising galas, art continues to be a gift that keeps on giving. This is especially true in the world of major auction houses whereby great pieces of artwork gets sold and passed around throughout the years and generations of time. And because [...]

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Impatient Philanthropists

By |July 30th, 2017|

Impatient philanthropists tend to be creative and crazy wanting impact now. These impatient philanthropists tend to be both gen X and Millennials who are seeking impact now. They want to give now and see the results now. It is not enough for them to just write a check, but rather they want to get their hands dirty to learn by practice. In fact, many have started their own charities and are not afraid of taking risks or of failure. After all, the only way they can get to best practices is to test and see what works and what [...]

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Generosity of Kindness

By |July 29th, 2017|

Tenderness and kindness are two great gifts you can choose to give anyone today. Whether you know the person or not, a friend or foe, a neighbor or just someone passing by on the street, you can always choose to be kind just as easily as you can choose to be harsh, impatient, or just selfish. Giving kindness from a place of tenderness will not only boast your own wellbeing but also you will be a blessing to someone today. You may never realize how powerful one act of kindness may change someone else’s life forevermore. Remember you don’t [...]

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Philanthropy is the Greatest Expression of Yourself

By |July 28th, 2017|

“Philanthropy is the greatest expression of yourself” proclaimed Jonah Wittkamper co-founder of Nexus at the United Nations this week in New York City. So if philanthropy is the love of others for their benefit, then how are you choosing to love others? What ways best express yourself as you seek to serve others in the spirit of philanthropy? First, philanthropy at its core is all about the love of others for their wellbeing and human flourishing. And since people’s carry love in their hearts and they seek to express themselves, then does your philanthropy exemplify the greatest expression of [...]

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Impact Investing and Your Philanthropy

By |July 27th, 2017|

Do your investments as a private foundation or even as a public charity compose an impact investing strategy? Impact investing is a portfolio strategy for bringing about an economic, social and even spiritual/moral return. It is not just about the money, but rather about aligning values with one’s investment policy. Too often in the past private foundations may have been advocating, for example, against Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, and as they do this, their financial investments are in beer and the spirits industry. So the very thing that is making them money to advocate against what they are doing [...]

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Your VALUES – A Strategic Tool

By |July 26th, 2017|

Your VALUES: a tool

What are your values as a person or philanthropist? Every person and philanthropist begins their values search with a Vision. Once you have a vision of what you want in life or would like to achieve, then your values will become more clear. Second, every person who wants to live their values with integrity will want to live with authenticity to who they are as a person or philanthropist. Authenticity is everything to living a life of moral character. Third, values tend to lend itself to love. Who do you love? What do you love? Where [...]

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A New Look at Endowment Funds

By |July 25th, 2017|

Not all endowment funds need to start with millions of dollars in the bank account for it to be successful. Some experts believe it is better to realize how much minimum distribution you need in order to maintain an account. For example, say you would like your endowment fund to give out an annual return of $1 million dollars. If this is the case, then most would say if you had a $20 million endowment fund, then say at a 5% give out rate (normal for private foundations), then you would receive annually $1 million. But if you cannot [...]

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Sustainability is Success

By |July 24th, 2017|

Sustainability within farming, business and the nonprofit world continues to be a major discussion with NGO leaders, impact investor and other thought leaders. Too often people get too excited and jump too quickly from sustainability to scalability. After all, doesn’t everyone want to take their products, services and best ideas to the world? But often when expansion and scalability occurs too quickly then sustainability becomes a new problem. Rather than trying to save the world, why not just focus on your little world of influence. Sustaining your world from a financial perspective to a fundraising one is vitally important [...]

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Small Ideas Can Change the World

By |July 23rd, 2017|

Small ideas can change the world. You don’t need to dream big. You don’t need to always be thinking expansion, growth and acceleration. Just think of a tiny spark from one match or cigarette that can set ablaze an entire forest. Or think about being stung by a tiny bee. One idea, one small act of kindness, one small act of generosity may cause a gigantic butterfly effect impacting the world. Too often too many self-proclaimed gurus are all about dreaming big and bigger and bigger. Or fundraising professionals who always want to raise more and more money. I’d [...]

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The Test and See Donor

By |July 22nd, 2017|

There will always be the test and see donor. The donor who spends more time observing your leadership and organization than you will ever know. The donor who prefers to give from the shadows rather than the spotlight will always be there. And sometimes their biggest gift comes at their death. Other times it comes via a donor advised fund or a community foundation where the gift comes to your charity anonymously. How do you thank such a donor who desires to remain in the shadows? And sometimes these donors will make themselves known to you and your organization [...]

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