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How to Really Frighten Your Grantees!

Spine-chilling fear can be invoked in the hearts and minds of grantees when they hear their funder say, “We need to start our strategic planning.” Strategy development is important. It helps philanthropists clarify what they want to accomplish and offers a roadmap. It should lead to change. And strategies themselves should change rapidly, as conditions …

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Focus and Re-energize with Four Powerful Questions

Feeling uncomfortable? You’re not alone. We’re all being asked to stretch and grow these days as we navigate a new world. Along with COVID-19, we’re facing divisive political rhetoric, and the growing needs of a struggling civic society. Add to that the challenges of a recession and a deafening cry for action to condemn racism …

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One Guaranteed Way to Scare Your Grantees!

Nothing creates heart pounding ghoulish fear in the minds of a grantee like hearing from their funder: “We’re about to start strategic planning.” A funder undergoing strategic planning can put the nail in the coffin for grantees…at least temporarily. Philanthropic strategy development seems to last forever. During this time, and often behind closed doors, the …

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10 Questions Every Donor Should Ask Their Wealth Advisor

How to get the most out of your philanthropy. If you are like many wealthy individuals and families, you look to your wealth advisor or family office for help with charitable giving. But you also seek advice and guidance beyond checkbook donations. You need help selecting the best giving vehicle, such as starting a foundation …

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Ask One Question To Save Time, Save Money And Achieve Greater Impact

Change the outcomes in your philanthropic journey. Learning isn’t hard to do, but it must be intentional and continuous. Whatever role you play in philanthropy—be it donor, foundation leader or trustee—in order to make a real impact, you have to ask the right questions. And there is one question that is guaranteed to save time …

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