Financial Growth

The Starting Point to Giving

The Starting Point to Giving Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s best selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989, has sold more than 25 million copies in 38 languages worldwide. It remains one of the best selling nonfiction business books. One of the habits Covey recommends is to begin with the…

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When is the Best Time?

When is the Best Time? The African Proverb asks and answers this question: “When’s the best time to plant a tree?” “Twenty years ago.” “When’s the second best time?” “Today!” When’s the best time to start giving back… start giving more… more time, money, energy, and influence? When’s the best time to focus on a…

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Generations of Philanthropy

Generations of Philanthropy Their jeans have always told the story of hard work and good value. In 1866, Levi Strauss, a German-Jewish immigrant, built his first store and the foundation of five generations of private philanthropy, which would include numerous family foundations and the company-controlled Levi Strauss Foundation. Fourth-generation Walter Haas, Jr., serving on the…

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Involuntary Philanthropists

Involuntary Philanthropists Webster’s Dictionary defines a philanthropist as “a benevolent supporter of human beings and human welfare.” When I grew up and heard that big word, guess who I thought about? Andrew Carnegie. Henry Ford. The Kennedys. The mega-wealthy. Who’s this: “Someone who surrenders up to one-half of their family’s wealth or one-fifth of their…

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Rewrite Your Own Obituary

Rewrite Your Own Obituary A Swedish entrepreneur, who had made millions by inventing and manufacturing dynamite, hadn’t thought much about being remembered. Until… He read his own obituary! In 1888, while reading his brother’s obituary in a French paper, he realized he was reading his own. The paper had made a mistake and confused the…

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How Giving Won WWII

How Giving Won WWII Philanthropy, even your philanthropy, no matter how big or small can make a difference in powerful ways. You should never underestimate the impact of your philanthropy, of the philanthropy you encourage in others. Private philanthropy played a major role in the defeat of Hitler in World War II! Alfred Loomis was…

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Stress Relief

Stress Relief Studies show that the number one concern and desire for men and women in the late stage of their career and those entering retirement is health. Health. Vitality. Less stress. There is even strong evidence to that giving back has positive health benefits. One of the most valuable is that giving can reduce…

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Break Them If You Can

Break Them If You Can The story goes that the elder Rothschild called his family together and handed each of them a bundle of arrows. Their task: break the bundle if they could. They could not. Next, he instructed them to break the arrows one by one. No problem. The lesson was clear: stick together…

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Serving the Pioneers…

Serving the Pioneers… The donors that excite and freak us out. They are the pioneers. They are the ones that like to go where no one else has gone. Solve a problem no one else has figured out. Fix an issue no one else has tackled. For them, whether they realize it or not, giving…

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Who’s Responsible, Anyway?

Who’s Responsible, Anyway? How does giving back promote personal responsibility? Our country was founded on compassion. The basis of compassion is that it’s our responsibility, each of us, to be a part of the solution. Imagine what it would be like if each community, and their residents, took personal responsibility to be the solution to…

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