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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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What I’m For vs. What I’m Against

circle of people arms aroundOne of our clients is wrestling with how to enter the “pro-life movement” and how best to help with her foundation. It’s an area that is complicated, messy and controversial, and a subject not often talked about at a dinner party. Nevertheless a heart’s desire is emerging and a response will be created, partners selected and contributions made.

Matters of life most often land in conversations about choosing to give birth or abort, end of life care and quality of life for critically disabled people. Our research has been thorough for this friend and client and resulted in an amazing array of ways to proceed, but what principle will drive the choices that this client will make?

Here it is; focus on what you are for rather than what you are against.

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Is Your Sense of Mission Connected to Your Heart’s Desire?

I am sometimes asked about the notion of following our heart’s desire to create a Generosity Gameplan. It seems self-centered and selfish to some people, since we’ve heard of a heart’s desire when referring to a physical longing like a new car or piece of property. But for men and women of faith, N.T. Wright in his book After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters helps us understand our heart’s desire when he says, “What are we here for in the first place? The fundamental answer… is that what we’re ‘here for’ is to become genuine human beings, reflecting the God in whose image we’re made, and doing so in worship on the one hand and in mission, in its full and large sense, on the other…” I’ve taken this a little out of context because Wright focuses on a relationship with …

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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