Personal Brand Matters, More!

Dear Friends and Fans, So many of you inquire regularly about my thoughts on personal branding, I have expanded here on a note I sent you originally when this newsletter was launched. If I had to name two obsessions, I’d have to say impact and impression. My goal is always to do something meaningful, and […]

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Yes, Virginia, The For-Profit President Has Arrived

Some of us were more pleased than others with the outcome of our Presidential election in November, and that’s fair. Democracy reigns! Now we face the unknowns, as Donald Trump, a supremely successful businessman with a serious interest in for-profit ventures ascends to the presidency of the United States. Trump’s world is business and he […]

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#ParisIsAlwaysAGoodIdea

I’m looking forward to spending more time this year in Paris. As the U.S. settles into a new normal, one constant will be European cultural and humanitarian non-profits seeking to learn and borrow from our American expertise in fundraising, development, and friendraising. This critical work in Europe is personally and professionally gratifying, as it points […]

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More Personal Branding Ahead!

Thanks to so many of you for the continuing feedback on the relevance of my insights regarding gifts, giving and personal brand. Early in the New Year, I’ll share some additional thoughts on the art of the appeal.

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Give Greatly

Making philanthropic choices matter I love that friends and colleagues frequently ask my advice.  I am famously frugal, and consider every transaction worthy of thoughtful consideration. The money matters, and every gift is also a communication of values, hopes and future thinking. Here are the top FAQs and my thoughts.

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The Problem with Gay Marriage:
 It’s Way Too Taxing (For Some)

Many of my friends celebrated the great leap forward in our nation’s legal landscape by tying the knot last summer. #Lovewins was the hashtag and it’s a shorthand I love. But in the fine tradition of shorthands, #lovewins is entirely too cryptic to illuminate what it really means for gay couples to be legally wed. […]

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How About This Pair? Field + Lucas What Might Have Been!

Before quitting town with some fancy blueprints and the sting of defeat, here’s one of the solutions the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art might have explored: creating a defined space in the iconic Field Museum.  It’s a pairing that may have worked well for both. The museum within the museum could be a discreet […]

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Midsummer Madison: Mind the Millennials

Later this month, the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be hosting myself and colleagues from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. I look forward to the exchange of ideas, especially around what matters to millennials. Our next generation is inclined towards giving in the areas of education, healthcare and the economy, […]

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Got Celebrities?

Cause Marketing and What Matters Most
 by CCC Here’s a bit of wisdom I share with friends about high-profile celebrity supporters.  Ready to rethink? The true value of a marquee name attached to your cause is really about time, not money.  That’s because for celebrities — and for the rest of us — time is […]

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