Simple: Bequests

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I ended my last blog post on a cliff-hanger, saying that I would reveal what the 99% of the nonprofits without a designated planned giving officer can do to bring…
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The Big Deal About Planned Giving

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For a small place, my home state of New Hampshire puts up some pretty impressive numbers. For example, we have 424 members in our state legislature, the fourth-largest English-speaking legislative…
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A Trail Goes Cold

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So these two guys walk into a bar. Actually, I was one of them. It was the end of a conference in Minneapolis last fall, and I had to kill…
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What’s in a Name?

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First, a story about my mother. It’s the kind of story I can tell, but you can’t, because she’s my mother, not yours. My mom, who recently turned 87, is…
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Fish Stories

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I was visiting with the staff of a small human services agency the other day. I asked them how they liked their board of directors, and they were generally positive,…
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You Just Never Know

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I helped wrap up a successful capital campaign in December, one in which we asked supporters to give significantly more than they ever had before. One thing that strikes me…
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Raising the Blue Peter!

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I’m an avid reader of the Patrick O’Brian seafaring novels, featuring Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin. People either love these books, or they don’t “get” them, looking on…
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Donor-Advised Fund Reform?

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A November 21, 2011 op-ed in the New York Times by Boston College law professor Ray D. Madoff raises some good points. We all know that donors receive federal tax deductions…
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