National DAFs and The Quiet End to Donor Freedom

  • April 15, 2021

Remember the phrase “the good old days?” It’s one that becomes more prevalent as one moves up the aging ladder. I have certainly heard it nearly ad nauseum recently. Methinks, however, it is spoken within the context of “pre” vs “post” pandemic realities (or dreams). Ironically, and perhaps sadly, what was once a wistful observation […]

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The Tithe: A Gateway for Philanthropic Engagement

  • March 29, 2021

I’m feeling proud of my six-year-old, Peter Dylan, this week. He’s just been scheduled to give a reading during the Easter Vigil Service on Sunday and it’s taking me back to a funny memory of the first time he spoke up at church. Reverend Jason was in the middle of his homily, when he paused […]

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Charitable Giving: The Voice for the Unheard

  • February 2, 2021

I’m still trying to wrap my head around the events of January 6th. Actually, if I’m being honest, I’m still trying to wrap my head around all of the violence and destruction of the past year. The America of 2020 is not one I ever imagined nor now recognize. It’s hard to understand how things […]

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A Strategy to Be an Above-Average Giver

  • January 22, 2021

Perhaps I’m just too finicky, but if I’m going to be successful at a New Year’s goal, I have to start January 1. I have a theory that many other people share this same mentality, which contributes to the staggering number of goal failures we see by the end of the month. It’s silly, of […]

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2020 Lessons Learned in Philanthropy

  • December 22, 2020

Writers have exhausted most every cliché possible in their leads to articles about 2020. Here’s one you may not have read much: 2020 reminded us of the resilient strength of America’s charitable sector. Nonprofits innovated and kept going in the face of what seemed would be a disastrous year. Charitable givers kept giving. More than […]

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Seasons Givings: How to Make a Conscious Choice for Philanthropy

  • November 16, 2020

Soon every Wal-Mart, shopping mall, and grocery store entrance will be filled with the ding-a-linging of the Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringers. Your mailbox will feature kind notes from charities, which will include the gift of a business reply envelope for your donation. Giving Tuesday messages will drown out all your other emails for […]

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