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The Mathematical Impossibility of Universal Delight

“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 … Continued

How To Communicate With Your Affluent Clients

“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 … Continued

French Elvis Has Left The Building

“Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.” – Ambrose Bierce I understand why approximately 50% of Canadians do not have a Will. After all, there are not too many individuals who choose to reflect happily on … Continued

DMPTalks with Paul Nazareth

For this edition of DMPTalks it is my pleasure to welcome my friend and passionate partner for all things planned giving … Mr. Paul Nazareth. If you are connected, even in a small way, to the nonprofit sector in Canada, … Continued

The Best Feelings

For this month’s Philanthropy Matters I once again draw on the visual wisdom of Hugh MacLeod. I recently met with a friend who has all the trappings of success. Health, happy family, successful career, financial independence, etc. and a laser … Continued

Story Selling

If there are two recurring themes in these monthly blogs they would have to be the benefits of adopting a philosophy of “gratitude” in one’s life and the power of “story” when it comes to ideas and causes worth sharing. … Continued

Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History

“The more perspective you have, the better everything looks. And the less … the worse!” – Nick Murray It has been my tradition with these monthly missives to begin every year with a brief commentary on how our world is … Continued

Merry Christmas from Monty the Penguin

For each of the last ten years the British retailer, John Lewis, has aired what has become an iconic holiday season commercial. Although this years #MozTheMonster was clever in my opinion nothing comes close to 2014’s, “Monty the Penguin”. Admittedly, it … Continued

Losing My Marbles

Recently I celebrated my 56th birthday. As I grow older I have an increasing appreciation that, after a number of decades on this planet, I am travelling down (hopefully not too quickly) the “other side of the mountain”. It was … Continued

DMPTalks with Lorna Somers

For this, the fifth edition of DMPTalks, it was my pleasure to have facilitated a conversation with Lorna Somers. For those of us working within the nonprofit sector Lorna needs very little introduction given her numerous accomplishments within the sector. … Continued