Generosity in quotes: Olivia Whitener

“Being a member of a church comes with many expectations. But so does being a Christian. A theological belief in salvation through grace alone roots my faith, but so does the action of giving of my time, talents, and earthly possessions to those who have less. I am both loved by God as an individual, […]

Fundraising Myth #3: Opportunities to volunteer are a guaranteed Millennial magnet

This past weekend was one of my favorites of the year as the Anabaptist community here in my neck of the woods gathered for the Pennsylvania Relief Sale. The annual event supports Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in its work to share God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to […]

Riding the Millennial wave to generous hearts

Boomers continue to dominate the nonprofit sector at every level – on staffs, in boardrooms, and as donors and volunteers. But not for long. There’s a generational tidal wave headed our way.  By 2025, Millennials — individuals born between 1984 and 2004 — will make up 75% of the workforce. Despite ample warning, however, most […]

GenXers or Gray Hairs, which will it be?

This week’s Chronicle of Philanthropy sent fundraisers scurrying every which direction.  A front-page headline trumpeted the importance of “tomorrow’s donors.” A few pages back, readers were told “Baby Boomers Now Key Source of Charity Gifts, Study Finds.” So which is it? The younger set or the over-50 crowd? Should fundraisers, in the words of the […]

Proud mama keep on bragging

Whenever two or more parents of young adult children gather, there’s sure to be bragging in their midst. A great promotion, super cute baby, new house, latest degree. Almost anything can get a proud parent talking. Been there. Done that. I confess. There’s a topic, however, that doesn’t get much brag-time. It’s the giving habits […]

Tips for turning your organization into a Millennial magnet

“Something that helps me is having the ability to do online donations. . . My mom thinks I’m crazy, but I don’t do business with people who I can’t pay online. I rarely have checks, stamps, or envelopes.” So wrote the lone 30-something member of an otherwise Boomer (and older) dominated board on which I […]

Debtors don’t donors make, unless . . .

It’s commencement season on college and university campuses across America. That wonderful time of year when starry-eyed graduates march into life to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance, diplomas in hand, dreams in their hearts, and a dark cloud of debt over their heads. Sorry for raining on the graduation parade with my mention of […]