November 2017

Understanding Your Donors

By |November 5th, 2017|

Don’t confuse a donor’s encouragement or excitement for you to receive their money. Now it may seem like a logical conclusion, if an encourager loves the work your charity does, then they will become a faithful donor. This is not necessarily true. Often those who love what you do, will give and will give annually or even monthly. However, some donors will want to wait and see how things go, and sometimes, this takes a few years before they may write any substantial check. Other donors are already too committed financially in helping other charities, so when you stumble [...]

Authentic Donor Relations

By |November 4th, 2017|

Donors are people. People are individuals. Individuals are unique. Therefore, donors are unique. They are not all the same, so therefore, your charity should not treat them all the same. Some want the spotlight while others want to remain in the shadows. Some want to be publically acknowledged while others just prefer a handwritten thank you letter. But even classifying your donors into certain economic giving levels either based on a real giving history or based on your assumptions of their potential capacity to give, no one wants to be lumped together in certain domains. Even if your computer [...]

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 [...]

October 2017

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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