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Does your generosity do good and feel great?

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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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Have I Mentioned Anna Grace Coming Into My Life?

Man holding baby girlHave I mentioned Anna Grace coming into my life? Anna Grace is our first grandchild. I know I mentioned her to my “brother-cousin” Edward, who tragically died when a horse threw him in Austin last May, but I’ve been with Anna Grace the last five days. And you know, Edward was right. He told me that grandkids are just children we are supposed to love, until you stick a finger out…and they grab hold to take you somewhere. Now that’s an amazingly ordinary moment.

Spending time with Anna the last few days got me thinking. What other moments in my ordinary life have been extraordinary? And isn’t it the amazingly ordinary things that impact us the most?

You put a zucchini squash seed in the ground, and if you miss checking on it …

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My Dream Visit with a Fundraiser

I’m having a “too soon old, too late smart” moment. For 25 years as a YMCA director I had the privilege of engaging donors in our work. Now, for the last 18 years I’ve been on the other side of the table as a donor listening to many pitches. I wish I would have known what makes for a mutually gratifying donor conversation. I talked too much and listened too little.

I find it interesting, after someone pointed it out to me recently, that the words “LISTEN” and “SILENT” have the same letters in them. Bear with me here.

Today, this is the way my dream solicitation would go. First the fundraiser would ask these seven questions:
-How are you?
-What are you celebrating?
-Where are you winning?
-What challenges are you facing?
-How will you tackle those?
-How can I help?
-How …

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“I believe as John has described, that when you give to something you are passionate about it is not work! It becomes bigger than one person, and the experience is truly a gift from God for all involved.”

– Gary Wilbers
Ascend Business Strategies Executive Coach