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Do You Have the Soul Capacity for Handling Wealth?

By |January 11th, 2018|

Most people do not have the soul capacity for handling financial wealth. Most rich people don’t have the soul capacity for handling their own wealth in a meaningful and significant way. The stories and research abounds on lives wretched by windfalls of great riches. Whether young people in professional sports to rock stars and movies stars to those who win the big lottery, most people do not have the capacity from their soul to handle wealth well. Suicides went up after the decline of 2008 and money problems continues to be one of the top reasons why couples divorce. [...]

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Donor’s Aren’t Dumb! Your Leadership Matters!

By |January 11th, 2018|

Donors are not dumb! Of course, the need will continue to exist if a nonprofit is in the business of not meeting needs at a systemic level. If the nonprofit secretly exists to maintain the wellbeing of their employees and staff and founder more than trying to solve the problems their public mission statement claims, then the need to fundraise will continue onward. Why? Because the leadership needs their salaries met, they need food on their own family’s table and they have bills to pay. It is common sense. But when nonprofit leaders are working to end needs at [...]

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Increase Outcomes, Decrease Your Budget: Nonprofit Solutions

By |January 10th, 2018|

Many nonprofits believe it is a badge of honor and/or success to continue to raise their budget year after year. And in order to raise one’s budget, they then must raise more money from donors. After many years, some nonprofits end up focusing more on raising money than their actual mission. Rather than fighting the fires they are fanning the smoke, which keeps them heavily employed and financially fat. If a nonprofit is going to brag about their actually, measurable results, then why not brag about doing it on a focused budget rather than one that doubles about every [...]

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How is Your Charity Creating Value?

By |January 9th, 2018|

How is your charity creating value? How are you creating real measurable value to the recipients of your charity’s work? If your nonprofit’s aim is to end illiteracy, then you would be creating value by transforming the lives of those who once could not read to now reading and most likely working as well. If someone cannot read an application for work, then how can they ever hope to be employed? Thus, this would be one example of creating value, which your charity could even follow and measure the impact even further if they so desired. But how do [...]

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Sometimes it is Best NOT to Receive Money

By |January 8th, 2018|

If you are a nonprofit organization, sometimes it is best not to receive money from a donor if strings are attached to their gift. Strings may cause problems. Not always, but sometimes, donors want have so many demands based upon their donation that it is best not to accept the gift. In some cases, even legal documents will be presented to the nonprofit before ever receiving a dime. In these cases, it often protects the donors and places undue demands and expectations on the charity. If your nonprofit does not have the capacity to meet such demands, it is [...]

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What it Means to be Philanthropic

By |January 7th, 2018|

Generosity comes in many forms and fashions. One great way to be generous is to simply not keep such a busy schedule. When you clear up your schedule then you will have time to be generous with your time for others. Whether if a friend out of the blue needs your help, or someone is coming to town unexpectedly, then you will have the time to be with them. Giving of your time is an act of philanthropy. Philanthropy is loving others for their well being. This means philanthropy entails the willful act to love others, which entails relationships. [...]

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Splurging!

By |January 6th, 2018|

Sometimes splurging is the right thing to do. It has another name; radical generosity. Giving in unexpected ways to fully fulfill real needs, while having a surplus left over. This is what Jesus did when He fed the 5,000 with a few two-tiny fish and a few loaves of bread. He blessed it indeed! A supernatural generosity resulted where 5,000 men ate to their satisfaction not including women and children. And the results were His disciples gathered 12 baskets full of leftovers. This is a miraculous generosity of surplus. Well, you maybe thinking, you are not Jesus and true [...]

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A Grace of Generosity

By |January 5th, 2018|

Generosity comes in many forms. You may choose to be generous with your wisdom, knowledge and insight. You may choose to be generous with a special skill set to help others succeed. You may be generous with your finances by giving above and beyond what others ask or even expect from you as a donor. You may choose to be generous with kindness and grace and patience. These are the qualities you may give abundantly that require no financial cost to you. And sometimes these qualities of the heart and soul will require more from you than just writing [...]

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Generosity of Kindness

By |January 4th, 2018|

Kindness is like refreshing water being poured out on a parched soul. Being intentionally kind is a great way to start the new year off as a philanthropic leader. If philanthropy is ultimately about the love of others for human flourishing, then being kind will open the door for those relationships to flourish. After all, people respond positively to kindness. If you are obviously wronged and have every right to respond negatively, but then when you choose to respond in a spirit of kindness, then you will truly be making a new difference in the lives of both yourself [...]

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Resolve to Be a Blessing

By |January 3rd, 2018|

This is the year to resolve to be a blessing to other people within your influence. When you live to be a blessing, you will notice how your whole world will change. It does not matter if the person you are seeking to bless is already economically well to do or if they are struggling from week to week to make it. To bless others for their wellbeing does not necessarily depend upon one’s economic stance, but rather upon your heart posture toward them. To bless others is to give from a posture of grace and humility, realizing it [...]

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