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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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Generous Connections guest blog – Fred Smith: Keeping a soft heart in hard times

mitten hands holding heartMy friend Fred Smith, from Tyler Texas, has insights into navigating life that I appreciate very much. Once, in 1998, after casting a vision for my company, The Legacy Group, he asked me, “John, how do you see yourself helping generous people?” I answered, “I want to help them be effective.” He responded, “ Donors don’t need help in being effective they need your help in finding clarity about what God has called them to do.” This advice fundamentally changed my course.

In his latest blog Fred gives a voice to what many of us are feeling this time of year as we respond to the needs facing our world, nation and neighborhoods. I hope you enjoy his thoughts. You can find more from Fred at The Gathering, a multigenerational community …

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Generous Connections guest blog – Gary Hoag: Four tips for leaving a legacy of Christian generosity

Hoag fam at memorialFour Tips for Leaving a Legacy of Christian Generosity
by Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D.

On a fly fishing trip this summer, I shared parts of my personal story with my dear friend, John Stanley. That led to the invitation to write this post on the rich inheritance I received. In short, I told him that my grandparents and parents did at least four things to build a legacy of Christian generosity. I offer them freely as four tips for every family to consider!

(1) They told me inspiring stories of my ancestors. Since my childhood, I watched shows every Christmas season, and my favorite one has always been the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. At a young age, I learned that that movie was based on the real-life generosity of people like …

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“For board members, volunteers, and nonprofit staff, John Stanley has provided the best rationale I’ve seen for a fresh approach to generosity.”

– Les Weil
Founder - Zink the Zebra Foundation & Community Volunteer