Monthly Archives: August 2017

Giving a Blank Check to Charity: Not the Wisest Thing To Do

By |August 31st, 2017|

Sometimes giving a blank check to a charity is not the wisest thing a philanthropist can do. I’ve personally experienced this years ago. My wife and I gave a black check to an executive director who was starting up a new nonprofit. We told him he could fill out the check for any amount of money he needed. We had no idea if it would be a few thousand dollars, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions. This is where we may have been a little foolish or less wise. And it also put the executive director [...]

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When Have You Made Enough Money?

By |August 30th, 2017|

When have you made enough money in a traditional job environment that now is the time to shift your focus from full time making money to now full time giving money away? In other words, if you are a multimillionaire or billionaire do you really need to continue to make more money on the job? Is your personal lifestyle so out of control that if you are not constantly in the office making more and more money then you don’t know if you will survive? Maybe you are afraid you will not have enough funds to keep flying private [...]

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Are Professional Christians Actually Destroying the Faith?

By |August 29th, 2017|

Why do so many Christians in America believe professional Christians are actually destroying Christianity? Clearly, no one person or a group of leaders can truly destroy what God has instituted. But when it comes to all of the never-ending need to fundraise, professionalize everything, and act like the Gospel and/or the Church is a corporation, then why do we really need faith, when all they want is more money? Even missionaries and faith-based nonprofits continue in this never-ending pursuit of more with the underlying assumption that they cannot share the love of Jesus without first receiving a hefty donation? [...]

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Brokenness is Where the Power Is

By |August 28th, 2017|

Brokenness is where the power is. Our past may be filled with hurt, disappointment and regret, but it does not have to disempower you. Use your brokenness to empower your future. Use your passion (i.e. your suffering) to move your future forward. Our pasts may refine us like fire, but it does not have to define us. Use that fire to fuel your future. Remember there is great value in pain. For all pain has a Purpose, by which we can learn and grow and become stronger and healthier and wiser. Or we can allow our pain to destroy [...]

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Who Cares What Your Family’s Net Worth Is

By |August 27th, 2017|

Who cares what your family’s net worth is, if your family is totally dysfunctional. Instead of talking about your family, let’s talk about mine. My grandfather dies and no one in my family even thinks of telling me or my sister. My sister learns it through a friend of a friend of a family member living out of state via Facebook. How’s that for family unity? My father didn’t show up for my sister’s wedding, so what kind of pressure does it put on me the brother when I decide to get married? Family dysfunction can go on and [...]

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Extreme Wealth & Poor both Maybe Isolated & Lonely

By |August 26th, 2017|

We live in a strange world where extreme wealth and extreme poverty both isolate those in either economic camp. And at the end of the day, the billionaire longs for a hug and a meaningful conversation just as much as the poor soul living in the slums of Kenya. At the end of the day, money and materialism or the lack of both can cause great separation, loneliness and a desire to be loved, appreciated and heard. Listening is an act of loving and showing appreciation. So many wealthy individuals don’t even have family members that will show up [...]

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Loving Kindness

By |August 25th, 2017|

Today you may wake up and choose joy. You can choose love, peace and kindness. You may choose to give from your heart and soul a listening ear to someone in need. You may give your voice with words of encouragement and affirmation. You may want to give a warm smile to a stranger on the street or a friendly hug to a neighbor. You may choose to be uniquely you by giving of and from yourself. Our pasts are often hurtful and ugly, but you may create a day that is helpful and beautiful. Let your past refine [...]

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Conversational Leadership for Philanthropy

By |August 24th, 2017|

“Can you love people and lead them without imposing your will” asked Tao. If philanthropy is a dynamic relationship whereby at least two people engage each other for the wellbeing of each other in the spirit of the love of the other, then maybe you can love and lead without imposing a “my way or the highway” approach of dictatorial leadership. And one of the best forms of servant leadership when practiced in the context of philanthropy is actually conversational leadership or relational leadership. Conversational leadership is simply when two or more friends come together to talk, to be [...]

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The Nonprofit/Philanthropist Check List

By |August 23rd, 2017|

Are you serving your mission or are your perpetuating your organization’s viability? Are you fighting the fire or just fanning the flames? Do you really want to be a blessing to others or just appear to be a blessing to others? Is your ego as a nonprofit leader or philanthropist really driving your decisions or do you make your decisions from a posture of humility and servant leadership to truly help the least of these in society? Do you end up spending more money on your black-tie dress, shoes and handbag than you actually give at the fundraising event? [...]

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Rethinking Private Foundations

By |August 22nd, 2017|

Should private foundations in America only be required to give away 5% of their total value each and every year? And should these same foundations be allowed to use a portion if not all of their 5% requirement on overhead operations, salaries, and other expenditures whereby no real money actually goes towards any public benefit for society? Clearly, some private foundations give way above the annual 5% requirement, which then allows them to not give in following years as they utilize the carry forward rule. Should all of these rules and regulations and laws be reviewed in the 21st [...]

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