A Practical Way To Approach Your Giving This Holiday Season

November 19, 2012 | Posted by Michael C. Phillip in


As we enter Thanksgiving, the threshold of the holiday season, I thought it might be helpful to offer some practical ways to approach our giving heading into the new year. December 31 is the fiscal year end of most non-profits (coinciding, perhaps coincidently, with the end of the IRS tax year). This is why our mailboxes and inboxes are inundated with appeal letters from untold numbers of... Read More

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You May Be Concerned, But Do You Feel Responsible?

November 04, 2012 | Posted by Michael C. Phillip in


We can’t be a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to giving. Our giving should be strategic and focused, centered on a small number of issues that we feel responsible to address; issues that lay particularly heavy on our heart. If we want to be effective philanthropists, we need to be aiming for impact, not reach. Pursuing impact begins with knowledge, with educating ourselves about issues. If we... Read More

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