Your Life

Hope

Needed now more than ever is hope. Hope in a better life, better community, better relationships, better caring for one another, and more. Hope. One industry that has more influence than perhaps any other industry in our country is the leading nonprofits. The leading nonprofits in the city set a tone and standard for caring…

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“News”

The news today comes at us fast and furious. It is laced with emotionally charged words, regardless of which side of the argument you are on. But think for a second about the “news” of your day. Do you have “good” and “bad” days? We all do, right? We tend to think about the the…

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New Normal

 What could be beneficial now more than ever is assurance that the uncertainty of our present time is “normal.” The uncertainty of the election results, economic outcomes, and market volatility are all “normal.” In other words, there is always uncertainty. And in the midst of uncertainty, making decisions can actually bring about some normalcy. The…

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This Conversation Matters

The planned giving conversation matters for the donor. While annual giving meets immediate needs quicker than planned giving, don’t dismiss how planned giving can help. Too many dismiss planned giving too quickly, concluding that it only meets future needs. And the future needs are in conflict with short-term needs. However, most seasoned planned giving professionals…

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Choose Happy

It was Monday. Some dread it. Some love it. Some wait around to see what the day delivers before they decide what kind of day it will be. There are others who decide what kind of day it will be from the start. As I stood in the kitchen on Monday morning grabbing my breakfast,…

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Three Donor Questions

“But dad what do I say?” This is the question my kids ask me when faced with a challenge in their studies and they don’t even know what to ask their teacher in order to get help. Everyone can freeze up and get tongue twisted when there are challenges or tensions are high. We’ve been…

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The Business We Are In

The role of the development professional is to raise money for the organization in order for it to fulfill its mission. But the real business we’re in is story-telling. Donors are human, and humans connect with story.  There is the story of another. Their personal story.  And the story they can see themselves in. In fact, more…

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New Donor Motivation Program National Insights

The one thing that can pay multiples in a pandemic and coming out of any challenges is to focus on learning and growth. Learning is the information and wisdom you acquire. And growth is what you do with it. This past week, the Donor Motivation Program consultants from across United States and Canada gathered for…

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Investments that Matter

There are few investments in life that are “sure” things. The investment of time, energy, and money in a relationship with a son or daughter is one of them. This past weekend was my annual father/son weekend at Camp Highland in Elijay. The investment made in a son or daughter is a priceless investment of…

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What Are Your Prints On?

You’ve heard it said, “You can’t take it with you. There are no U-Haul’s behind hearses.” Yet, we forget the incredible legacy we can leave. We call them life-prints. Fingerprints are used to find out who was here when they are no longer here. If they identify you through fingerprints, it’s usually not a good…

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