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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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Meet John Stanley

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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What We Do

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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Guest blog: Fred Smith- Bearing Witness

This month I’m sharing a blog written recently by my friend and colleague Fred Smith. Fred co-founded Leadership Network and is also the founder of The Gathering, an international association of individuals, families and private foundations giving to Christian ministries. In this article, Fred gives us his insightful impressions of Phil Buchanan’s new book, Giving Done Right. I hope you will take a few minutes to read it, and then grab a copy of the book and let me know your own thoughts about it.  Happy summer!

The first time I read the phrase “bearing witness” was in Elie Wiesel’s book,  “Night” recounting the horrors of the Holocaust and the responsibility he felt never to forget or allow others to dismiss what happened there. Over the years, the phrase has come to mean more. We …

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Unleashing Latent Energy of Generosity

Hands releasing

Image by artist Mugur Kreiss

In 2007, Brian received an email from his roommate, Joe. The two were young designers living in San Francisco and trying to make rent. There was a big conference for designers coming into town, and Joe knew there would be a shortage of hotel rooms. His idea was to buy three air mattresses, put them up in their loft, offer breakfast and free wifi and let designers attending the conference stay with them for a small nightly fee. Twelve years later, Airbnb is a $25 billion company.

Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky defined the lowest abstraction (the need for rent money and the need for places to stay), latent energy was discovered, and once unleashed, abundance resulted.

What does this have to do with generosity? It occurs to me …

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“…. John is challenging all of us to get outside of ourselves and look for ways to be generous…”

– Dennis Rainey
FamilyLife President and CEO