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 [...]

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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Fundraising 2.0

By |January 17th, 2018|

If you ask for too little, then that maybe just what you get. If you ask for too much, then you may turn off your donor. Knowing your donors giving capacity and frequency is key to successful fundraising. Just because a donor may have one million in cash (i.e. giving capacity), that does not mean they will ever give any portion of that cash to charity. They may simply spend it on themselves or their family. But when donors show a track record of giving (i.e. giving frequency), then you may just have met the first two marks in [...]

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What it Means to be Philanthropic

By |January 7th, 2018|

Generosity comes in many forms and fashions. One great way to be generous is to simply not keep such a busy schedule. When you clear up your schedule then you will have time to be generous with your time for others. Whether if a friend out of the blue needs your help, or someone is coming to town unexpectedly, then you will have the time to be with them. Giving of your time is an act of philanthropy. Philanthropy is loving others for their well being. This means philanthropy entails the willful act to love others, which entails relationships. [...]

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By |January 6th, 2018|

Sometimes splurging is the right thing to do. It has another name; radical generosity. Giving in unexpected ways to fully fulfill real needs, while having a surplus left over. This is what Jesus did when He fed the 5,000 with a few two-tiny fish and a few loaves of bread. He blessed it indeed! A supernatural generosity resulted where 5,000 men ate to their satisfaction not including women and children. And the results were His disciples gathered 12 baskets full of leftovers. This is a miraculous generosity of surplus. Well, you maybe thinking, you are not Jesus and true [...]

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A Grace of Generosity

By |January 5th, 2018|

Generosity comes in many forms. You may choose to be generous with your wisdom, knowledge and insight. You may choose to be generous with a special skill set to help others succeed. You may be generous with your finances by giving above and beyond what others ask or even expect from you as a donor. You may choose to be generous with kindness and grace and patience. These are the qualities you may give abundantly that require no financial cost to you. And sometimes these qualities of the heart and soul will require more from you than just writing [...]

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Generosity of Kindness

By |January 4th, 2018|

Kindness is like refreshing water being poured out on a parched soul. Being intentionally kind is a great way to start the new year off as a philanthropic leader. If philanthropy is ultimately about the love of others for human flourishing, then being kind will open the door for those relationships to flourish. After all, people respond positively to kindness. If you are obviously wronged and have every right to respond negatively, but then when you choose to respond in a spirit of kindness, then you will truly be making a new difference in the lives of both yourself [...]

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Resolve to Be a Blessing

By |January 3rd, 2018|

This is the year to resolve to be a blessing to other people within your influence. When you live to be a blessing, you will notice how your whole world will change. It does not matter if the person you are seeking to bless is already economically well to do or if they are struggling from week to week to make it. To bless others for their wellbeing does not necessarily depend upon one’s economic stance, but rather upon your heart posture toward them. To bless others is to give from a posture of grace and humility, realizing it [...]

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Questions from Giving

By |December 31st, 2017|

What lessons have you learned from a year of generosity? What things would you do differently next year? What things would you improve on? What things would you do the same? What charities do you still want to financially support? How did supporting those charities this past year impact your soul? How did your generosity impact the souls of others? Who or what needs more of your time and attention? How might you become an even greater blessing to someone next year? What other capabilities do you have that go beyond giving money? How might you give from more [...]

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