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The Generosity Gaps

Do you think your generosity could be different than it is today? If something is holding you back, you could be in one of three Generosity Gaps. Are you ready to close the gaps and connect your generosity to your heart’s desire?

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The Generosity Gameplan™ Process

It helps to have a gameplan for living a generous life – a strategy that guides how you use your renewable generosity currencies. The Generosity Gameplan is a 7-step process that guides you as you make donations, direct your donor-advised fund, start a foundation or nonprofit, or devote more energy to philanthropy.

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Decades of experience as advisors to philanthropists, foundations, and nonprofits means we’ve got stories to share about how great relationships have resulted in fulfillment of our clients’ grandest dreams. And it all starts with a conversation.

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You’ve got the vision, now you need an execution plan to reach your goals. John Stanley helps major donors, strategic grant-makers, foundations, and nonprofits through private consultations, speaking events, and specialized management services.

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Not everything works, but we keep sowing

generosity is like farmingMy wife Jamee and I grow lots of things at our home and on our hobby farm, which we call Wyndridge.

When it comes to producing food on our land, Jamee and I are learning as we go and living out the parables. You know the parable of the sower, in which birds come and eat the seeds that the sower just planted? In our case, we planted over a hundred pumpkin seeds for our patch, and wild turkeys came and ate them. Now we only have four plants growing in our patch. I’m a man of faith, but it will take a miracle to get a hundred-fold harvest from four wimpy vines.

We have a small vineyard too—a hundred vines that produce beautiful grapes for wine and amazing grape jelly. Vines at …

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How Do I Measure Up?

girl measuring herself at chalkboardI wonder if like me, you have ever compared how generous you are to how generous someone else is.

Every time I make a charitable gift or volunteer somewhere there is always someone else who has given more or volunteered with more enthusiasm and effectiveness.  When I compare, I never measure up.  In fact, I’ve been told by psychologists that we tend to compare ourselves to others in areas where we don’t “measure up” and rarely where we do.

This has gotten me thinking that in a way there is a sense of shame when it comes to generosity.  Think about it.  A nonprofit you care deeply about invites you to make a gift to their capital campaign. At first, you think the ask is way out of your reach but you …

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“What attracts me to John Stanley’s Generosity Gameplan is the transformation of the concept of generosity from the material exchange of goods to the exchange of heart, soul, and goods…”

– Harville Hendrix
Safe Conversations Co-founder