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Why I Don’t Do #GivingTuesday

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday. I don’t participate in any of them. And while there’s increasing guilt in participating in the first two, there is a shame associated with not participating in the last. Why would you not give … Continue reading

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Adriana

I went for a walk last weekend, through drizzly rain against the backdrop of Lake Washington, on a stretch of road I was unfamiliar with. I came across a gathering of women collecting water and I stood crying, thinking of … Continue reading

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Establishing Our Resources For Giving

We all have something to give, and our potential to give is equal to anyone else’s, depending on how we acknowledge and structure our giving. Just as we breathe in and out, exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide with the plants … Continue reading

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The Story of Money

When I worked for a community foundation, my job entailed reviewing hundreds of grant applications each year. And while I had skills in writing and editing and was an avid reader, numbers were not my game. However, for the first … Continue reading

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Philanthropy is not inherently good

This article in the Atlantic caught my eye today, which discusses David Callahan’s new book, The Givers: Money, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age. It also taps into another discussion I’ve been enjoying about the harmful impact of … Continue reading

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Values: Your Internal Operating System

We give to the people, places and things that we care deeply about. And our ability to be generous starts with appreciation and gratitude. Philanthropy is love in action. Aligning our actions with our passions and values enables our giving … Continue reading

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Make It Personal

Central to the idea of philanthropy is a personal definition of generosity and the role it plays in your life. Understanding and highlighting your generosity is integral to your philanthropic plan.  Take a moment here and ask yourself if you … Continue reading

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