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99 Good News Stories You Probably Didn’t Hear About in 2018

Source: “For reasons I have never understood, people like to hear that the world is going to hell.”   Deirdre McCloskey For those of us who work in the nonprofit sector and/or are closely associated with it as donors I’m … Continued

The Gift

“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” Brian Tracey   For each of the last eleven years the British retailer John Lewis has aired what has become an iconic holiday … Continued

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

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