Philanthropy Matters

In 1991, I had the good fortune to appreciate the transformational impact of philanthropy. With a little hard work and a lot of luck, early in my career as a Financial Planner, I had achieved reasonable degree of success – that is, success as I defined it at that point in my life.

Then, at 31, it slowly dawned on me that I owed a huge debt of gratitude to those I had never known. I realized that if it were not for the wisdom, wealth and hard work of so many Canadians who came before me, that I, and millions of my fellow Canadians, would not be enjoying the quality of life that makes us the envy of so many around the world. That’s when I decided I needed to contribute in some way and make a difference.

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  • The Mathematical Impossibility of Universal Delight July 18, 2018 “The more effective the fundraising campaign, the more complaints it will generate.”  Brook’s 5th Law of Fundraising     Or, put another way … “The only way to avoid pissing people off is to do nothing important,”   Oliver  Emberton   Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, and marketing genius. His blog, which is the only one I read everyday, is ...
  • How To Communicate With Your Affluent Clients June 30, 2018 “Never respect men merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use.” Gamaliel Baile This month’s edition of “philanthropy matters” has been years in the making and is especially directed towards those of us who work in the nonprofit sector. As I mention in the ...

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