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What The Heck Is Program Related Investing (PRI) and Why Should I Care?

June 25, 2019

Program Related Investing (PRI) is the Next Big Thing in Philanthropy. The potential is completely untapped. Let’s break it down. About 10 years ago I heard about PRI for the first time. The Community Foundation for which I worked  dipped it’s toe into the PRI world when it began making below-market…

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Elevate Your Planned Giving Program Without Breaking the Bank

April 24, 2019

Most of the small to mid-size nonprofits I coach ask me the exact same question: “How can we start or up-level our gift planning program without a huge investment?”  My advice is always the same. You can raise big planned gifts with little or no additional investment. You should focus…

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Cryptocurrency? You MUST Be Joking!

February 11, 2019

The word cryptocurrency strikes fear and confusion in the hearts of most people these days. We ask things like: Is it real? If so, WHAT is it? Is it risky? Why is this even a thing? I felt the same way for a long time – until I had to…

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The 800 Pound Gorilla of Philanthropy

December 19, 2018

Gorillas are Bigger Than They Appear. Earlier this year I wrote an article entitled “Donor Advised Funds: Your $85 Billion Dollar Best Friend”. It reviewed the data behind the multi-billion dollar donor-advised fund business. Well, it’s a new year and, frankly, Donor Advised Funds are bigger now than I think…

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Start Your Engines: It’s IRA Season!

November 1, 2018

Tis The Season Over the past few years, donors have gotten the hang of using the Qualified Charitable Distribution to their great advantage. Charities are starting to promote it and Advisors are realizing the incredible tax benefits for their clients. This is the time of year when many people over…

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The Curious Case of the Stock Option

October 1, 2018

Over the years I’ve received numerous calls and e-mails from advisors and development officers  with the same question. It goes like this. “I am working with a business executive who has a lot of stock options. Can she donate those to charity?” The answer is “usually no”, but they still…

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Significance

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…