February 2018


By |February 14th, 2018|

Love is Liberating. Love is Others-focused. Love is Vulnerable. Love is Empowering. Happy Valentine’s day! Love is in the air. Love is what philanthropy is all about. Philanthropy is a relationship for human flourishing built on love. It is a form of brotherly love, or love in action for the wellbeing of others. Charity is an act of love. It is giving without expecting anything in return. When someone gives from a charitable spirit, he or she may give to another soul without even really knowing the other person. This is often practiced when someone gives to a homeless [...]

Being With – The Power of Human Connection

By |February 13th, 2018|

Being with another soul may just be enough to alleviate the suffering and/or loneliness within the depths of the other person’s heart. Being with another soul is something that philanthropic leaders need to do more of. It is not enough to simply give money at philanthropic problems. It is not enough to simply attend black tie fundraising galas to help the poor, if you never actually know the poor, or know the one you are seeking to help. And being with the other person in their time of need is one of the greatest acts of philanthropy you can [...]

Purposeful Planning for Purposeful Giving

By |February 12th, 2018|

Purposeful giving is a better practice than simply responsive giving. Responsive giving occurs whenever someone responds to a giving request by actually giving money. This of course is why the majority of donors give – because someone asked them to give. And thus, they are simply responsive to the request. I rarely entertain donations to charities and/or people who have not actually asked me to give. Yes, I have given to both charities and people who never asked directly or indirectly, specifically or generically for me to give. But most people’s habit is to be responsive to their giving [...]

Do You have the Soul Capacity for Handling Wealth?

By |February 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. [...]

Thanking Your Donors

By |February 10th, 2018|

The other day I received a very well written note from a charity. It was not specific to me, but rather a generic letter that most likely went out to all of its donors. It did not ask for more money, nor did it plead for some dire need. Rather it simply said, “thank you.” Yes, it was a thank you letter for giving in the past. It did not highlight all of the work they do, nor did it include a giving envelope. It was refreshingly pleasant to read and memorable in its simplicity and authenticity. No gimmicks. [...]

Giving Money is Like Shooting a Gun

By |February 9th, 2018|

When donors grow up they tend to give more generously and wisely. Generous giving can be a joyful and fun experience, but it can also be a foolish endeavor. This is why generous giving will never be enough. It must be tempered with wisdom. Giving wisely may seem harsh and not as loose and free willy as pure generosity, but in the end, when wisdom and generosity join teams, then greater philanthropic giving emerges. You might want to think of money like a loaded gun. You may take your gun and unload it quickly and with rapid fire while [...]

January 2018

American Greed, Fraud & Faith

By |January 26th, 2018|

American Greed on CNBC continues to reveal one financial tragedy after another. Whether elderly people are preyed upon with all of their life savings or even churches and Christian groups are targeted for another’s financial greed, knowing who to trust and who not to trust continues to be a troublesome endeavor among so many people. Even big banks like Wells-Fargo have been in the news over the past year for committing financial fraud numerous times. And then ever now and then, charities and nonprofit organizations are found guilty of the same kind of fraudulent, nefarious activities. And when donors [...]

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What Does More Money Mean To You?

By |January 25th, 2018|

When times are great and the money is flowing into your nonprofit, then by all means don’t spend more of it. Don’t get caught in the trap that you will always have more money and that it will continue to be that way in the future. Show the wisdom to cut back, not because you have to but because you want to do more on less. When nonprofits and for profit organizations can show both donors and shareholders respectively that they desire to do more on less, then they are usually headed for greatness. I’ve watched both nonprofits and [...]

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Bills Should Never Come as a Surprise

By |January 24th, 2018|

Bills should never be a surprise. Financial decisions maybe made today, but you’ll always pay for it later. And when the bills come due, you should never be shocked to remember what you did yesterday to incur such. Now life has a way of causing financial emergencies, but for those who have financial emergency savings accounts and other reserved funds that are outside of monthly operating budgets, then even life’s wild cards should not come as a financial surprise. I recently heard of an organization that was at least publicly telling others they were having financial hardships. And usually [...]

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Money, Fundraising & Leadership

By |January 23rd, 2018|

Money is often the main focus of organizations who claim not to be about money; i.e. nonprofits. Isn’t interesting how much time, focus, energy and money is applied at getting even more money within the world of nonprofits? I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to think that nonprofits may spend as much time and energy as for profit financial investment firms on raising more money. When a financial firm is concerned about always raising more money, then beware. After all, aren’t they really about making money grow through investments rather than always raising more money [...]

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