Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is past and Christmas is not far away. Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday have also passed. It has become a time of year when a lot of organizations are asking me for money. Most of what the merchants are offering are not in my size nor do they...
A Mentality of Abundance

A Mentality of Abundance

Some people live with a mentality of scarcity and some with a mentality of abundance. Some think of charitable giving as taking a piece of their pie and giving it away so less pie remains for them and their family. But charitable giving is more like inflating a...
Showing Appreciation

Showing Appreciation

When I was chair of our church’s endowment fund, we instituted a successful program of thanking our planned giving donors. In addition to the usual written and telephone thank you, we held an event every year for the legacy society. I referred to it as our “report to...
Intelligent Planned Giving

Intelligent Planned Giving

Michael Rosen, in his forward to the book, Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing, refers to planned gifts as the major gifts of the middle class.  The point being, that no donor or charity is too small to not be involved in planned giving. Planting a tree under which...
Endowment Growth More Important Than Ever

Endowment Growth More Important Than Ever

Recently, articles have appeared that review the results of charitable giving for 2018. The results are in and they are not encouraging. Individual giving as a percentage of household income is not improving, and in many cases shows a small decrease. The biggest...
Government Threatens Charity

Government Threatens Charity

Recently, the Secretary of Education announced the proposed end to government funding of the Special Olympics program. This was soon reversed by the President and funding will continue for now.  From time to time, other charities that receive government funding are...