Monthly Archives: September 2017

What Sacrificial Giving Means to the Wealthy

By |September 30th, 2017|

Sacrificial giving within the sense of giving from one’s financial wealth is a joke when it comes to the truly wealthy. Even if someone decides to give a gigantic sum of money in the form of a reverse tithe, they are still well off financially. For example, say someone is worth $1 billion and a reverse tithe giving strategy means they would give away $900 million to charity, while still living off of $100 million. Well, in this case they may have to sell their $95 million dollar Gulfstream jet or multiple homes, but by no means will it [...]

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The Paradox of Wealth Advisors & the Wealthy

By |September 29th, 2017|

Why do so many financial advisors struggle financially within their own private lives? Why do so many fundraising professionals who like to boast about knowing all of these million and billionaires seem to never get ahead financially within their own lives? Why is there a continual mismatch between the self-appointed experts with lots of fancy initials behind their names, and those who just make it happen? What I’ve learned over the years about the truly wealthy, is that they tend to know more about finance than most of all the big bankers and other advisors. And when it comes [...]

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The Human Soul Struggles with Wealth

By |September 28th, 2017|

The human soul struggles with wealth. The human soul really does not have the capacity to manage and understand and handle wealth in a positive, healthy way. But the sad reality is, everyone else thinks they know best how to handle (i.e. spend, give, invest, and/or manage) your money. But for the majority they too are even more clueless than you might be. When financial advisors, money managers, estate planners, philanthropic advisors, board members, or anyone else comes near you and your wealth, and they start acting giddy around you, then beware. You most likely have found the wrong, [...]

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Greed, Faith & Charity

By |September 27th, 2017|

The ancient prophet Jeremiah said, “For from the least to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for unjust gain; and from the prophet to the priest, everyone deals falsely” (6:13, ESV). What can we learn from this prophetic message of old? It does seem like we are living in a world where there are more lotteries, American Greed stories on CNBC, to financial fraud with big banks, big churches, and even big nonprofits. And if that isn’t enough, public charities are now on record for suing donors who didn’t fulfill their financial pledges. Is this really the way [...]

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Financial Pledge Cards are Godless Gimmicks for Givers!

By |September 26th, 2017|

For the faith-based world of Judeo-Christianity, why in the world do so many synagogues, churches, and other faith-based charities and missions simply do the very thing that their Scripture says not to do? Proverbs 22:26 uses by both the Jewish and Christian community, proclaims, “Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts” (ESV). Yes, the financial pledge card is not based on the holiness and way of God. It is a worldly gimmick and trap to burden the faithful with to give their money for the decisions of religious leaders who choose to [...]

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The Leadership of Snakes & Doves

By |September 25th, 2017|

The world can be a nasty place filled with deception, lies and false assumptions. Often leadership teams that are not honest, transparent and authentic will do more damage to new and hopeful employees. Or in the many cases I’ve been aware of over the years, many people believe they are on a leadership team, but the pay check never comes. After volunteering their time, energy, money and emotions, they finally wake up and realize they’ve been nothing but a full time volunteer. Some are from wealthy homes and a paycheck even for the wealthy shows a sign of worth, [...]

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Leading in View of Life’s Avalanches

By |September 24th, 2017|

Avalanches are real. An avalanche is when you get hit by a powerful force much more powerful than you are and it will bury you. It may even kill you. You will be lost and frozen in time. Paralyzed to move forward and unable to breathe. Your leadership is decline and your bad decisions will increase. If you feel like an emotional or even a spiritual avalanche is about to burry you, then get away quickly. Get help. Humble yourself enough to say you need help. Get away from all of the mounting stressors. For those who commit their [...]

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When It Isn’t Working, It Isn’t Working!

By |September 23rd, 2017|

When it isn’t working, it isn’t working! When the money isn’t there, then why in the hell are you continuing to spend more of it? Debt is dumb. And it is really dumb for nonprofits. If you don’t have it, then you don’t have it. Some people live on a prayer that goes nowhere. Some organizations need to be closed for business even if they are in the nonprofit business. There really is no such thing as a nonprofit business. Every charity needs positive cash flow. And without it, you will not last. And yet there are some people [...]

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What Donors Hate…

By |September 22nd, 2017|

Donors hate to give to superficial, frivolous crap. You know all those meaningless “empowering” quotes and picture frames that hang on office walls or those plastic fake plants that should beautify your nonprofit’s office. Donor’s really don’t want to see their money re-donated to other charities for building your own organization’s community presence. If they wanted their money to go to a different charity, then they would have given directly to it, rather than yours. Donors just do like to see their hard earned money wasted. That is the bottom line. Whether it is on a cheap plaque from [...]

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Deep Values = Deeper Giving

By |September 21st, 2017|

The clearer one becomes with their values, the clearer they will be with their philanthropy. The good news is there are lots of generous givers in the world that have all kinds of interests, desires and values. As a nonprofit leader, you don’t have to have all the donors in the world to be financially successful. You just need the right donors who truly share your mission, vision and values deeply. I share lots of values that fit well with many nonprofits, but I do not hold them all with the same degree of passion and depth. I may [...]

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