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The EGO-Centric Donor

By |September 6th, 2017|

The ego believes it is the ruler of your life. The ego thinks it is the master of your destiny. The ego has no place for God much less others. In fact, the only place for others is for them to worship your ego, bow down to your ego and to stroke your ego by singing its praises. The ego deceives people into believing they are the king of their world. And what they say, goes. They make life happen. But really the ego extinguishes God out of your life. It leaves people totally lost, deceived, blinded by their [...]

Cars Crash, Generosity Flows

By |September 5th, 2017|

You’re driving through a parking lot and all of a sudden another car pulls directly out not realizing you are driving by. You try to swerve out of the way, honk your horn, but it is too late. The other driver has just hit you. It is clearly their fault. You have eye witnesses that get out of their cars to testify to what occurred. You make sure the driver is okay and that you are okay. You realize the car that just hit would isn’t some fancy expensive sports car, but most likely it is a much older [...]

You May Overpay to Be a Blessing

By |September 4th, 2017|

When people bless you, it is just natural to want to bless them back. When someone smiles at you, it is just natural to smile back. When we can mirror back positive acts of kindness and generosity, then the world will slowly but surely become a healthier and happier place to live and give. Just recently, a workman gave me a bill for $90 and then said, “because I love you so much I’m going charging a third of what I normally charge people.” This warmed my heart and rather than wanting to take advantage of his generosity, I [...]

Transactional Giving to Transformational Giving

By |September 3rd, 2017|

There was a friend who couldn’t afford some medication, so what do you do? Do let your friend go without the medication, which is very much needed even if it is in your power to purchase it? Well, if you want to be a blessing and live a life of generosity and philanthropy, then you do the loving thing; you purchase the medication for your friend. This maybe just a one-time event that will forever be seared in the heart and mind of your friend, or it may reoccur from time to time. Nevertheless, I know someone who did [...]

Professional Fundraising Teams: Watch Out!

By |September 2nd, 2017|

If your favorite charity has decided to hire a third party professional development / fundraising team, then you as a donor have every right to know how much of your donation will be going to them. Some for-profit fundraising entities take an enormous percentage from every dollar they raise, while others work solely on a fixed flat rate. Some groups will have certain percentage incentives that will decrease as their ability to raise more money increases; something very similar to traditional money managers. The more money you give them to make you money, often their fees decrease. And if [...]

Don’t Over Promise To Give

By |September 1st, 2017|

Don’t over promise to give if you can’t deliver on your gift. Don’t over promise to give, even if you can deliver on your gift. Often nonprofits will want donors to commit to give a certain amount of money over an extended amount of time, say three to four years or even longer. The problem with long-term gift pledges are two-fold. First, the donor’s financial situation may change for the worse and then not be able to fully fulfill what they had originally planned to give. This brings shame, guilt and other feelings of donor regret. Second, a donor [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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