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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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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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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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The Most Powerful and Underrated Form of Generosity

Small hand, big handLast week my friend Rick asked me to lead a conversation about generosity with his company’s general managers from across the globe who were in town doing some planning. So, one evening after dinner the fifteen of us talked about gratitude. We allowed stories about people to whom we owed a debt of gratitude. I was struck when over half the group said, without hesitation, that their spouse is the person to whom they were most grateful. It seems that when we expose our vulnerability to someone so close, they in turn give generously of themselves.

This act of simply contributing to the well-being of another is the most powerful and underrated form of generosity. No money is given, no volunteer hours recorded.

Another person recounted the story of his grandfather. As the …

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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