Sometimes not-doing is the best thing to do

With the June 30 fiscal year-end barreling down on them like an out of control locomotive, it’s no surprise that a whole lot of nonprofit folk are exhausted. The last leg of the annual race for the gold is the most taxing, always, and weariness is to be expected. Fortunately, quieter days in July and […]

Generosity in quotes: Tom Kaden

“We don’t help people experience the abundant life by telling them they should be experiencing the abundant life. We show people how to experience the abundant life by modeling an abundant life first. We help others experience the abundant life by taking a genuine interest in them and reminding them that someone else thinks their […]

You, too, can learn to love fundraising

The theme of the Harvard Business Review article is networking. However, the quoted comments from reluctant business schmoozers ring familiar to the way fundraising adverse nonprofit folk talk about asking for money. Uncomfortable, phony, distasteful, a necessary evil, feels slimy. I’ve heard them all, including from ministry leaders who claim to have accepted the good […]

Generosity in quotes: Muhammad Ali

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”   Muhammad Ali, American Olympic and World Champion heavyweight boxer, civil rights activist, and philanthropist

When saying thank you, remember why

Most of us learned everything we need to know about saying thank you while still in kindergarten. Yet a lot of nonprofit folks, including those working in faith-based settings, do a really rotten job of voicing appreciation. For example, there’s the time it takes many small (and some bigger) nonprofits to get a thank you […]

Generosity in quotes: Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“Thank you’ is a wonderful phrase. Use it. It will add stature to your soul.”   Marjorie Pay Hinckley, author of Small and Simple Things and other books

Church attendance, generosity, and fundraising as ministry

Charitable giving is on the decline in the Sacramento (CA) region and a reporter for the local paper has traced the problem to its root – “a relatively low rate of residents who say they attend church regularly.” The article in the Sacramento Bee continues: The areas in the nation with the highest rates of […]

Generosity in quotes: Les Brown

“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”   Les Brown, American motivational speaker, author, and radio DJ

This summer, vanquish the bully within

With Memorial Day behind for folks in the United States and good-bye to May everywhere, it’s all hands on deck for nonprofits racing toward a June 30 fiscal year-end. Then ah, summer, and with the season, hope of a few days of rest and relaxation or at least a slightly slower pace. In a blog […]

Generosity in quotes: James Joyce

“While you have a thing it can be taken from you…but when you give it, you have given it. No robber can take it from you. It is yours then for ever when you have given it. It will be yours always. That is to give.”     James Joyce, Irish novelist and poet