Point of view is EVERYTHING

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Summer in January works for me! My recent trip to Australia was more than a blast of summer fun, though. While experiencing life on the other side of the globe, I was reminded how much our experiences, ideas and perceptions are informed by orientation

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The topline on taxes

Here’s the story, friends:  Givers in the middle range don’t give for the deduction. I see the reports that the new tax code could cost philanthropies billions of dollars in lost gifts and donations.  I don’t believe it.

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Next stop, Miami!

So pleased to be on a panel at PhilanthropyMiami2018 on March 1 with former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala (now president of the University of Miami) and philanthropist Louis Wolfson.

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Listen Up: National Philanthropy Day

CCC’s podcast discussion with moderator Jody Becker and guests Farrah Azizi and Rhonda Brown, on “Giving Greatly”. National Philanthropy Day is the day that thousands of people come together to put the word “philanthropy” into action and to recognize the change that word has brought to our communities.

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Made You Look!

The foundational truth in any fundraising is that what you need people to give FIRST is attention. If no one looks, no one cares, and no one will pledge. Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate style and branding as integral to any “ask”. Kevin Hees is a master when it comes to campaign style.

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Check this Out, Too

Giving is always good. But I believe it should really be great. One of my pet peeves is the grocery store check-out prompt that asks me to give. I could “Give $1 for veterans today.” The alternative to pressing “yes” and donating a dollar or two or five, is living with the guilt tax. But […]

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Please come by and say hi – Bettina and I are enjoying the view from our new Philanthropic Council, LLC offices at 8383 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. If you aren’t in the neighborhood, let’s connect via Skype @philanthropyccc!

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Talk About Iconic!

If your organization enjoys high recognition with iconic branding that’s transitioned successfully across the centuries to be embraced by millennial donors today, you can skip this message and read the next item. But most of us can acknowledge that sometimes “iconic” is really a very lovely synonym for stale.

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High Impact Invisibles

I bet you’ve never heard of AIRI, the Association of Independent Research Institutes, and, that’s okay. AIRI represents the seventy-five most esteemed independent, not-for-profit biomedical and behavioral research organizations in the United States. Members share the common-goal of improving human health and advancing knowledge. It’s a pretty heady group, engaged in high-level conversations across every […]

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Dance at The Louvre

That’s a pretty provocative headline, believe it or not. Occasionally I offer insights on the state of the art of fundraising in Europe. Here’s one intriguing development worth sharing.  In the United States, it’s not at all unusual for an art museum to offer events that integrate the fine arts—music, dance, even dramatic readings or […]

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