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LOVE: Give LOVE

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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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Church Charity = Drug Dealing

By |January 22nd, 2018|

A responsible poverty-stricken woman recently told several ladies volunteering from a clothes-closet the following: “Do you know what happens to the clothes you all give away to the homeless in our community? The homeless sell the clothes and then buy street drugs. You think your helping is helping, but in reality, it is actually perpetuating the problem.” Wow! What a wake-up call to the ladies helping in their small, inner city church. They didn’t even think about all of the clothes they were giving away week after week to the same homeless crowd. Where did they put all of [...]

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“My Pleasure” – What a Joke!

By |January 21st, 2018|

My pleasure. Two words. These two words maybe the most inauthentic words in the English language. Every time I go to a Chick-fil-A I hear the God-awful phrase of my pleasure. Is it really the person’s pleasure to refill my drink from the soda fountain machine? After all, I know what it is like to refill my own drink at most any other fast food establishment and I never think much less feel or say, “my pleasure,” or “this is rather pleasurable.” And if you ever step inside a Ritz –Carlton hotel anywhere in the world and ask any [...]

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The LIFE Skills of Fundraising

By |January 20th, 2018|

Life skills are essential in fundraising well. First, every great development officer listens well. They listen well to their donor-investors. These are the investors who will drive your organization forward. Donor-investors are in a different leadership class than an annual automatic deduction donor, who simply sits backs and money is charged either each month from his or her credit card or flows from their bank draft into your account. Now this kind of passive donor, every nonprofit loves, because they don’t really have to do much once they’ve signed the donor up for this kind of passive participation. But [...]

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