Monthly Archives: August 2017

Preying on Young Donors

By |August 21st, 2017|

Some faith-based nonprofits prey like vultures on the young Millennial generation and before them it was other young generations graduating from college. These young college graduates are often very impressionable and naïve. As a result, they can be easily brainwashed especially when it comes to religious organizations. After all, they are not theological scholars nor have they lived long enough to have a solid foundation of life wisdom and experience. So what happens? Often they get recruited to do something special for God, which means they are trained to become fundraising professionals for the Kingdom of God, as if [...]

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If You are Bored or Burned Out as a Philanthropist…

By |August 20th, 2017|

If you are bored or burned out as a philanthropist, then be bored and be burned out. You don’t have to save the world. The world was working before you were born and it will most likely continue to turn once you’re gone. It is okay to take a long pause from your generosity. If you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, then remove it. Tell your annual charitable balls you will not be participating this year. Free yourself from the black-tie. Free yourself from the giving pledge this year. Free yourself from having to give [...]

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Paradoxical Behavior of the Wealthy

By |August 19th, 2017|

Sometimes the wealthy can appear to be very strange people. In one moment they may easily spend over $100,000 in jet fuel to fire up their private jet just to go to dinner. And in the next moment they may complain that $20 for a movie ticket is way too expensive and simply not go to the movies. I’ve watched this behavior and experience it with many different friends. And the crazy thing is, some of wealthiest people who like to drive their Rolls-Royces also love getting gift cards to the movies for Christmas! Who would have ever thought [...]

How to Give to the Wealthy

By |August 18th, 2017|

People who appear to have it all and maybe they really do have it all, need to be kind when receiving a gift from someone who has struggled just to come up with any idea on what to give the other person. Just think how hard it is if your friend is Bill Gates. What do you give as a gift to one of the wealthiest and smartest person in the world? Remember, you really can’t out give the one of the greatest gift givers ever – Oprah. So what do you give as birthday gifts or gifts of [...]

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Raising Cash for Christ or Are We Really?

By |August 17th, 2017|

So many people I know love Jesus. In other words, they are Christians who desire to give financially to help different Christians and ministries their friends work with. The problem is some of these faith-based organizations have some of the worst fundraising methods around, even if at the end of the day they are doing great works of ministry. Now the top executives and leadership teams of these groups will claim their fundraising methods work just fine because they’ve been doing it for decades and the money continues to flow in. And to a degree they are correct if [...]

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Every Nonprofits’ Number One Asset Is???

By |August 16th, 2017|

If you are a fundraising professional, a nonprofit executive, or even a board member on a public charity, your real asset isn’t your donors and their dollars, nor is it your endowment fund, if you have one, nor is it the programs you implement for others, but rather your real asset is your reputation. And all it takes is one dumb decision, one bad joke, one person trying to be too cute or too big for their britches. As the saying goes even bad press can be good press usually does not hold true in the nonprofit sector. Just [...]

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Do You Practice What You Advise?

By |August 15th, 2017|

Don’t tell donors to be generous givers if you are not one yourself with your own money. I’m sick and tired of the hypocrisy from so many philanthropy advisors and generosity encouragers. They tell wealthy donors to give more and more and more, but when you ask them how about their giving there is this sheepish skirmish. Or they brag about the hundreds of thousands of dollars or millions they’ve given away, but of course, all of those funds were given either corporately or out of a private foundation, which they run but never gave a dime to in [...]

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Anger Ignites the Fire for Love & Kindness

By |August 14th, 2017|

Love may make the world a kinder place, but it seems that anger ignites the fire for change. After all, how often have you heard someone say they wanted to change their life because they were perfectly in love and happy with the world? It just doesn’t happen that way. When things are going great and there is kindness in the air, people want things to remain the same. But you find someone frustrated or angry over anything and eventually they will have enough passion and courage to bring about new creative change to the world. Whether it is [...]

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Protecting Donor Information

By |August 13th, 2017|

No donor wants their personal information bought and sold or simply taken from one nonprofit to another. And though all of the professional development officers say “they would never do such a thing, because that would be unethical,” lip service is one thing and reality is something different. In the real world, donor’s home addresses, cell numbers and email addresses should remain private. If they want to loan those out to nonprofits that is one thing, but they usually intend it to stay at that nonprofit unless they ask them to remove their name from their donor list. But [...]

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Never Assume You Know What is Best for Others

By |August 12th, 2017|

Never assume what recipients of aid/charity may really need if you are a donor or even if you want to create a new nonprofit as a philanthropic leader. What you may think they need or believe they need by what you see may actually be very different from what the recipients actually need. Sometimes their most important need, say in parts of the slums of Kenya, is safety and security of person more than a nice living house or electricity or clean water that is close to their location. After all, what good is taking pills to prevent malaria [...]

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