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November 2017

Money!

By |November 25th, 2017|

Money. Money continues to be one of the biggest mental blockers for people today. If only I had more money, then I could do x, y and z, these people think. If only we could raise more money, then we could serve more people within our charity. And then there are those who have more money than they will ever need or could ever give away wisely, primarily because so many charitable organizations have no clue on how to manage such large sums of wealth even for the sole purpose of doing good for society. This is a strange [...]

Your Portfolio of Thankfulness

By |November 23rd, 2017|

The gift of gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness is one of the greatest gifts you can give to another human being. The beauty of giving from the heart and soul of who you are is that you can keep giving gratitude, appreciation, and thanksgiving and never run low in your portfolio of gratefulness for others. And doesn’t this make a life truly great! When we stop and realize how blessed we are for having other people in our lives, then we need to tell them. We need to honor those people who have helped us along the journey. We need [...]

Rich & Famous vs Poor & Unknown

By |November 22nd, 2017|

It doesn’t matter if you have a star studded power board for your nonprofit. I’ve watched nonprofit boards filled with celebrity members crash and burn. This is nothing bad against those in the public eye, but getting star power isn’t always the best route for nonprofit boards. And it doesn’t matter if you have multi-millionaire or even billionaire donors within your donor pool of financial supporters. I’ve watched extremely wealthy people do more harm to their charities without even realizing it. Just because someone has lots of money doesn’t mean they know how to give wisely or engage [...]

Generous Givers vs Financial Supporters

By |November 21st, 2017|

Is there a real difference between givers and supporters? A generous giver, usually loves to bless others through giving whatever resources they have at hand, which will be a true blessing to the recipient. A supporter tends to be a faithful ongoing financial giver to one particular individual and/or organization. Both are donors in different ways. The generous giver tends to be more spirit led in their giving, whereas the supporter usually has made a conscious decision to give x amount of money monthly or yearly to support someone’s lifestyle as that recipient engages in some kind of missional/charitable [...]

Is there More to Wealth & Charity?

By |November 20th, 2017|

Wealth and charity often seem to go hand-in-hand but in reality the wealthy tend to live in worlds literally removed away from all and any signs of poverty and need. Even if they employee a staff of housekeepers to gardeners and others, a wealthy’s house manager tends to interface between the wealthy and the struggling worker. And it is here where they usually have already signed agreements that they cannot make their personal needs ever known much less tell others whom they work for. So how do the wealthy truly engage with poorer people who maybe truly struggling both [...]

Have You Ever Noticed the Gentle Leader?

By |November 19th, 2017|

Have you ever noticed the gentle leader? The quiet leader? The leader who leads from the shadows rather than from the spotlight? Ancient Hebrew wisdom, proclaims, “Your gentleness has made you great” (Psalm 18:35). Think about this claim. Has your gentleness made you great? Are people attracted to you because you are easily approachable, gentle, while showing loving kindness? Do you see the qualities and character and integrity in other leaders that you desire to manifest yourself? Or are you often surrounded by dictatorial leadership, with an attitude of “my way or the highway?” Some of the best leaders [...]

You Matter to Me!

By |November 18th, 2017|

You matter to me. You may not know it. I may not have expressed it. But you matter to me. I may never even know you personally, but if you are reading this, then it tells me you value what I say. You value me. And if you value me, I want to thank you tell you I appreciate you. It takes time to read what other people write; especially people you may have never met personally. It takes patience and sometimes an open heart and mind to wrestle with different ideas, so I want to thank you for [...]

Leadership is often a Brutal, Lonely Journey

By |November 17th, 2017|

Leadership appreciation may take a very long time. If you are a leader, it may take decades before you are ever honored or spotlighted in way that shows you the respect you deserve. Leadership is often lived in the trenches of life and not on the front pages of the headline news. Just think about it, Joseph spent decades in a foreign country, often falsely imprisoned until he rose to leadership under Pharaoh’s direction in Egypt. Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness before he leading God’s people out of Egypt to spend another 40 years wondering. King David [...]

Do You Have the Right Philanthropic Advisors?

By |November 16th, 2017|

Nonprofit lawyers, philanthropic advisors, and financial nonprofit experts can be of great benefit on the legal and financial technical instruments available for everything from how to set-up a public charity, private foundation, donor advised fund, community foundation, or other types of tools like charitable remainder trusts, and limited liability partnerships for NGOs and other charitable entities. Some of them may even help you clarifying your mission and vision and values. All of this is important and needed especially when starting out. However, it is also needed to review such documents as by-laws, policies and procedures, grant-making policies and even [...]