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Donors Turning Their Anger Into Positive Impact

By |November 3rd, 2017|

If you’re a donor, then turn your anger into positive energy as you invest in the future. Too many philanthropists and faithful givers eventually get angry and burn out in some form or fashion. Either their desired outcomes do not come to fruition, or their money is mismanaged by arrogant nonprofit leaders, or maybe they just feel used and abused or not respected as if they will continue to give a charity more and more money year after year. As if the charity has become the entitled, spoiled step-child in their lives. When this occurs, donors get hurt. Their [...]

Risk has its Rewards!

By |November 2nd, 2017|

Risk has its rewards. Boom or bust as the saying often goes. But when it comes to creating positive life transforming philanthropic impact, you must raise the bar to reap greater rewards for others. Yes, I’m not talking about rewards for yourself, but for others. Isn’t this what philanthropic leadership is all about. People’s lives are at stake and usually those lives have no hope without you stepping out to take a risk to serve them. Serving others maybe one of the biggest risks you’ll ever take as a philanthropic leader. Most anyone can write a check to charity, [...]

Trust or Bust

By |November 1st, 2017|

Trust or bust. If you cannot trust the ones you are working with, then you will bust. It is that simple. Whether we are talking about donors and their relationship with a development team or if we are talking about financial clients with an investment firm, if you cannot establish consistent, authentic trust, then you’ll bust. When it comes to people’s money and to whom they give it to, they want to know that you have their best interests in place. Again, it does not matter if it is for a major donation to a charity, or just more [...]

Creating Charitable Clarity

By |October 31st, 2017|

If you could only focus on one meaningful philanthropic project the rest of your life, then what social sector would you focus on? Once you know what social sector you would like to focus on for the rest of your life, then what area of the globe would you like to work and serve? Once you know your social sector, geographical location, now what specific age group of the population do you want to engage? For example, say your life philanthropic mission falls under the scope of education. Then education would be the social sector whereby you want to [...]

How Much Money Does It Take?

By |October 30th, 2017|

How much money does it take to eliminate extreme poverty forever? How much money does it take to cure cancer? How much money does it take to end homelessness in America? How much money does it take to transform negative, human behavior into positive, lasting change? How much money does it take to control the weather; to change the climate? How much money does it take to create first world infrastructure, from sanitation, clean water systems, electricity, highways, and other transportation systems along with communication systems, within the developing world? How much money does it take to complete your [...]

Ownership is a Mockery

By |October 29th, 2017|

Ownership is a mockery. Whatever you own, it will mock you. It will demand and command your time, attention, money, energy, and emotions. The classic example that most everyone can relate to is car ownership. Your car wants love and care. It wants its tires rotated on a regular basis, it needs fuel about every week and sometimes more often, it wants to be washed and waxed and clean on the inside and outside. It needs a license plate, insurance and a nice garage to be parked in. And of course the oil and washer fluids and so many [...]

The Encouraging Donation

By |October 28th, 2017|

The encouragement donation is the donation that gives enough encouragement to the recipient charity or person without the donor being all-in as a major donor/investor within the organization or individual. This financial gift is relative to the recipient and also to the donor. The amount will be different from donor to donor and from organization to organization. It may entail only $500, or even $5,000, or even $50,000 or more, but to the giver, it is not considered a large enough amount as a philanthropic investment would be whereby the donor wants to be more intimately involved in the [...]

How the Wealthy Think

By |October 27th, 2017|

When a fund management firm wants all your money, you probably have the wrong firm. Greed is never attractive. And when financial firms or charities treat their clients like step children because they only give them the least amount of money to get into the door, as either a financial investor client, or a charitable investor donor, then it really is not the wisest way to treat extremely wealthy people. Just as many wealthy people would never turn over all of their wealth to their children and then sit back and watch how they handle it, why would they [...]

There is a Difference B/W Industry Experts & Technical Experts

By |October 26th, 2017|

There is a difference between industry experts and technical experts. Not to offend anyone, but to simply state reality. As I’ve often experienced, industry experts tend to be less intelligent than technical experts. For example, one person may work for a financial firm as a wealth advisor, which would make them a so-called industry expert. But the one who is actually making the trades, reading the numbers and connecting the financial dots, those are the ones who tend to have the PhD in economics and are the technical experts. You can apply this same kind of thinking to almost [...]

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Consulting 101

By |October 25th, 2017|

If your consultants are always telling you to read other people’s materials, then you might have the wrong consultant. After all, if they are not capable of coming up with their own great ideas, then why take their consultation. You can read a book or do your own research on the Internet without a consultant. You can be your own self-led consultant if all they really do is borrow material that is already in the public domain. But if I wanted that material then I wouldn’t need you as a consultant. This thinking applies to both philanthropic consultants and [...]

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