Three examples of the damage narcissism can cause to philanthropic efforts. Narcissists are extremely self-centered people who have an exaggerated sense of their own importance, and are more concerned with their own desires and interests over the needs of others. Sound like any people you know? Perhaps the last person you dated or an elected official? How about a donor or foundation leader? Unfortunately, there are ample examples of narcissism disguised as philanthropy, and the damage these narcissists cause. One of my mentors, Alan Weiss, recently wrote about narcissism and philanthropy in his blog: “An act of generosity is most impressive, ironically, when it isn’t public, when no one’s name appears on a building, when you do something for someone in … Continue reading Are You a Narcissist or a Philanthropist?
Demolish Philanthropic Bureaucracy For Good When it comes to philanthropic bureaucracy, sometimes what we really need is a bulldozer. Read More Your Strategic Plan is About to Fail Strategy most often fails in implementation. With all the effort that went into developing your new strategy and writing your strategic plan, the hardest part is making the darn thing work! Read More 10 Steps to Rapid Strategy Implementation Few philanthropists take the first step toward rapid strategy implementation, and most never cross the finish line. Are you one of them? Read More How To Prepare For These 5 Grantmaking Challenges As a philanthropist, your ultimate goal is to make the world a better place by putting ideas into action and creating … Continue reading Top Ten Articles of 2019
Here’s a failproof way to get stuff done! We have about two weeks left in 2019. Take away weekends and a few holidays, and that’s about seven working days. Right about now many people are feeling: Overwhelmed Panicked Guilty Are you one of them? Are you feeling overwhelmed at the sheer volume of year-end goals still to be met, panicked when you realize how few days are left in the year, and guilty that you didn’t get it all done? You aren’t alone! But you don’t need to feel this way. Ever! Instead of setting annual goals, I advise my clients to get clear on their top 3 priorities, block out time on their calendar to tackle their priorities, and … Continue reading Stop worrying about year-end goals!
Think about all the assets you can bring to the table to advance your cause. Then deploy them! If philanthropists have anything, they have money. In fact, they have so much money that after taking care of themselves, their family, and their businesses, they’ve determined they have plenty left over to give away to help others. As a philanthropist, whether you earned the money, inherited the money, or you give other people’s money away as part of your job, you have access to wealth. But guess what? You have access to much more than just money. You have a staggering amount of assets you can deploy to help tackle whatever problem you are trying to solve. This includes: Your smarts … Continue reading Are You More Than Just Money?
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 funder might “suspend grantmaking” to “evaluate priorities and approaches.” This leaves nonprofits to wonder if this dark period will lift. And when it does, will the funder still support their organization? Strategy development is important. It helps philanthropists clarify what they want to accomplish. It should lead to change. But it doesn’t need to leave grantees screaming at their desk chairs! You don’t want to … Continue reading One Guaranteed Way to Scare Your Grantees!
It’s almost the end of 2019. Have you achieved your year-end goals? If not, don’t despair! You have plenty of time if you act now. Just follow my 3-step process. There are 46 weekdays left between now and December 31. Take away 10 days for holidays and vacation, and you have 36 days left. 36! 36 days to do all that stuff you declared you would do in January. 36 days to meet your end-of-year goals. Feeling a little overwhelmed? Don’t. You can do this! Just follow these three simple steps: 1. Prioritize. What are the top 1-3 things you want to accomplish by the end of the year? These could be professional, personal, or both. Write them down and put … Continue reading 36 Days and Counting…
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 or donor-advised fund. You want clarity on your philanthropic goals. You want to know if you’re having an impact. You need advice on how to involve your entire family in giving, while instilling a philanthropic legacy for generations to come. As a donor, your wealth advisor or family office is a potential resource for philanthropic advice. They already understand your financial goals and are helping … Continue reading 10 Questions Every Donor Should Ask Their Wealth Advisor
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 and money and help achieve dramatic results. It’s a simple question, but the answers you receive can help you start out with a sound strategy, change your outcomes and change the way you think about your giving. That question is this: “If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?” Yes, it’s really that simple. If you ask others that question while … Continue reading Ask One Question To Save Time, Save Money And Achieve Greater Impact
Get out of your own way and transform your giving. I recently learned from a client that the first thing she does each day is read a chapter from my award-winning book Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders and reflect upon how it relates to her work. She said, “It was helpful to get my mind oriented to where it ought to be. Less focused on tasks and more focused on, ‘Where are we going and how do we get there?’” As a writer and an advisor, I cannot begin to tell you how meaningful it is to hear this. To learn the advice I share in my newsletters and books helps philanthropists be more effective each day is powerful. I can help … Continue reading Free Download and New Book Coming February 2020
Get excited and be prepared to launch your new initiative. After a long summer of late nights, fun in the sun and a relaxed schedule, families across the country are preparing for kids to get back to school. There’s a lot of build up to that first big day – planning for cooler weather, getting school supplies, buying new clothes, reuniting with old friends, and making new ones. There is a magical sense of anticipation, excitement and butterflies that makes the start of each new school year memorable and special. What potential new friendships will this year bring? What new and exciting things will be learned? Starting the year off right prepares students, teachers and parents alike for a successful … Continue reading 6 Back to School Lessons for Grantmakers