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August 28, 2018

My Dearest Readers, I hope you will indulge me as this “first anniversary” edition takes on a different, more philosophical and reflective tone. I hope it inspires you to consider what “significance” means to you. A Look Forward + Back As August draws to a close, our thoughts drift towards…

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Giving Is The New Black

July 30, 2018

These days it’s not enough to just sell a good product. You must sell a good product that also does good. Americans are becoming ever more conscious of how they spend their money. We aren’t just concerned with what we purchase, but rather how those purchases affect the world. We want the companies…

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The #1 Reason Fundraisers Don’t Meet Goals and Burn-out

April 23, 2018

Are you a fundraiser who has ever felt burnt out and that you’ll never meet the ever-growing goals set for you? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us have felt this way from time to time and there is one big reason for it and it can’t be solved…

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Donor Advised Funds: Your $85 Billion Dollar Best Friend

March 26, 2018

Everywhere I turn people are talking about Donor Advised Funds. They’ve been popular for several years, but lately they’re really hitting their stride. The recent tax law changes have raised a renewed interest in these powerful creatures due to the “bunching” strategy discussed in my January article. People are considering…

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A Fundraiser’s Guide to New Tax Rules: Volume 2

February 12, 2018

Hello again, friends! In this 2-part series, we are tackling the new tax changes and what they mean for charitable giving. In the last article, we looked at itemized vs. standard deductions, “bunching”, and the Qualified Charitable Distribution. If you haven’t yet read Volume 1, I highly encourage you to…

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A Fundraiser’s Guide to New Tax Rules: Volume 1

January 17, 2018

Hello Friends! It’s a new year and if you haven’t yet heard, we have some new tax laws to tangle with. Much has been written about how these new rules will affect everyone, including charities. It can seem scary, because let’s face it – most people don’t like to talk…

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Think Your Small Charity Can’t Play In the Big Leagues? Think Again! Three Steps to Every Large Gift

December 18, 2017

Have you ever thought that the smaller organization you serve can’t raise large major and planned gifts? If so, you’re not alone. Bigger gifts can feel very intimidating because they seem complicated and impossible to tackle. Where do you even begin? I’m here to demystify it and point you in…

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The Great Divide Between Clients & Advisors: Part 3 of 3

December 5, 2017

The Meaningful Charitable Conversation “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” ~Written on George Bailey’s office wall in It’s a Wonderful Life This time of year – like no other time – we hope a little bigger; we feel things more deeply; we remember holidays…

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The Great Divide Between Clients & Advisors: Part 2 of 3

October 24, 2017

For many years we assumed we knew what motivated people to give. Oh sure, we know it makes us feel good, but when people make BIG gifts isn’t it primarily motivated by financial and tax reasons? The answer is no. Tax benefits are an added bonus, but in the vast…