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What Are You Doing with Your Jellybeans?

I love visual metaphors that communicate important life truths. And so it is for the video in this month’s PhilanthropyMatters which shares with us in a very entertaining way how much time we have left in an average lifetime. This … Continued

It’s Always About Your Story

Recently I had the good fortune to meet Jack Canfield. As you may recall, Canfield is the co-author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series which has more than 250 titles and has sold an incredible 500 million copies in 40 … Continued

You’ve Won the Cosmic Lottery

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein Every day I look forward to receiving a blog from Hugh Macleod … Continued

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