philanthropic leadership


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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

4 Pillars of Every Philanthropic PLAN

By |November 15th, 2017|

Every philanthropic plan should consist of at least these four marks. First, a plan should begin with purpose. Without purpose, direction or some goal in mind, then you will not know where you are going, what you are doing or who you need on your team. Purpose is everything when it comes to strategic philanthropic planning. Second, every plan entails leadership. Once you know what your purpose is, then you can attract the right people who can implement your plan. Having the right leadership team is essential. Third, every philanthropic plan needs strategic action steps. Without action you have [...]

Titles are Meaningless!

By |November 12th, 2017|

Titles are meaningless. They are stupid too. Usually the more creative a title someone gives themselves the more insecure they really are as a person. If you ever go to a bank, everyone seems to be VP of something. Unless you’re the boss, the CEO, then most people don’t even care. I hope this isn’t hurting your feelings, but someone needs to speak the truth about job titles. Titles come and titles go. People get promoted, demoted and fired. If your identity is wrapped up in your title, then watch out; it could change quicker than you would ever [...]

Relational Leadership around Warnings!

By |November 9th, 2017|

What do you do when you’ve been warned by a trusted peer in regards to a professional whom you are working with. In this case it really doesn’t matter if the professional is in the nonprofit or for-profit world. You didn’t even seek out the warning, but for whatever reason, your friend was compelled to warn you about someone they know you are in business with. So what do you do? Do you simply file it away in the back of your head, looking and discerning if what they have warned you is true? Or do you throw it [...]