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Just a Little Can Mean This Much

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When Scott Keffer, the Creator and CEO of The Donor Motivation Program™, and his son, Josh, made their very first trip to Mexico to build a housing structure for a family in need, Josh was only 10 years old.

The structure was for George and his wife, hard-working parents, who wanted the best for their children, like Scott. Yet, opportunity is not the same everywhere.

People there lived on plots about the size of a postage stamp and put something on it to live in: a cardboard box, a piece of a trailer, a discarded garage door, whatever; it became their “house.”

House, huh. Here, we’d call it junk. There, a house.

In America, we live with a higher standard of living than 95 percent of the world.

You don’t have to leave the country to experience this, either. I’m fortunate. My kids are fortunate.

Most folks around the world are not as fortunate. Many times, it’s not a result of anything they’ve done, just when and where they were born.

“To whom much is given, much is expected.”

Here’s the really great thing – around the world or around the corner, just a “little” can mean a lot.

It’s the same with planned giving. Planned giving allows a little to become a lot… for a long time. Remind donors that planned giving gives to them… and to you!

“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”  

Albert Einstein
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Rewrite Your Own Obituary

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A Swedish entrepreneur, who had made millions by inventing and manufacturing dynamite, hadn’t thought much about being remembered. Until…

He read his own obituary!

In 1888, while reading his brother’s obituary in a French paper, he realized he was reading his own. The paper had made a mistake and confused the two brothers.       

Shocked by how they described his life, he set out to “rewrite” his obituary.

He wanted to be remembered for championing human achievement.  

Eight years later when his obituary actually became necessary, his wealth plan left $9 million to fund the Nobel Foundation.

On the fifth anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death, December 10, 1901, the first set of Nobel Prizes were awarded. Alfred Nobel had successfully rewritten his obituary.

Today, we still feel his influence.

Will your obituary include giving back?

Be sure to offer your donors the chance to rewrite their obituary.

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“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”

Abraham Lincoln

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How Giving Won WWII

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Philanthropy, even your philanthropy, no matter how big or small can make a difference in powerful ways.

You should never underestimate the impact of your philanthropy of the philanthropy you encourage in others.

Private philanthropy played a major role in the defeat of Hitler in World War II!

Alfred Loomis was a successful entrepreneur in the mid- 1930s, whose foresight and clairvoyance of sorts allowed him to profit from the Great Depression.

At the age of forty-five, Loomis made a “gift” that would later change the course of the war. His private philanthropy created a leading-edge physics lab that attracted the likes of Albert Einstein and others.

This 18-month philanthropic project gave the Allies what some have called the “single most important technology that helped win the war” – —radar.

The preferred vehicle for private philanthropy in the United States has long been the family foundation.

However, recent changes to the donor advised fund have made it a very popular vehicle for family giving.

If a donor has a family foundation, show them the advantages of a donor advised fund. Today’s donor advised fund offers nearly all the flexibility with much less cost and hassle.

An outright gift and donor advised fund gift can benefit the donor and the charities it names. Either way, decide to give.

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Planned Giving Program Tip

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How many times have you heard of many times have you heard of someone who sells their business or retires from their lifetime work only to pass away shortly after.

Why?

Lack of focus… direction? Maybe. I think it’s lack of valuable work. The “fire” dies… then so do they. Giving back is the perfect way to transition and create tremendous focus after your “life’s work” has stopped. Why not find your 2nd second life’s work? [Read more…]

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Planned Giving Program Tip

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Have you lost someone you love before you had the chance to tell them something you always wanted to say to them? A chance to honor them with your words. Of course you have… we all have.

Here’s a thought… write a letter to that someone you missed the chance with – a Tribute Letter. Share it with others who knew them as a way to honor the person.

Take a moment right now and write a Tribute Letter to someone you can still honor with your words – a family member, friend or colleague. Is there a donor you can honor with a Tribute Letter for their dedication to you and your organization?

As you know, creating a memorial fund is a wonderful way to honor others, as well. Not just for your lifetime, but for many generations. A memorial fund also keeps the work or cause that they cared about deeply going long after you’re gone. [Read more…]

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Planned Giving Program Tip

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Open door to fieldsThe Founder and CEO of The Donor Motivation Program, Scott Keffer, and his daughter, Anni, spent ten days in northern Africa with a team of 50 plastic surgeons, dentists, optometrists, nurses, and plain folk like you and me.

The surgeons healed. The dentists fixed. The nurses assisted. The optometrists brought sight. And they helped.

It was the second time Scott had been to Africa. Three years earlier, he and his son, Josh, went there with a team to teach English to poor students hoping to learn it as a second or third language to help them advance or become more attractive to the limited employment opportunities.

One day, driving by an older man and his children on the side of the road, he reflected, “You know, we could just as easily have been born here than in the United States… the land of opportunity.”

[Read more…]

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