Archive for April 2019

The Business of Being Generous

Hands giving props

The business world is often described as a battle ground. Competitors are to be crushed and customers are to be won over. The bottom-line rules. Companies may strategically give away products and skills. Yet, the root goal is brand awareness or making useful relationships. Is this what generosity looks like in the business world? Doug…

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April Newsletter

Father and daughter with ipad

Giving Out Loud You may not feel like it, but when you live generously, you are an influencer. Your donations model your values, and people are watching: Co-workers, friends, family – not least of whom are children and young people. Now, we understand that you might believe giving should be done privately, and we are not suggesting…

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“No Problem”: A New Level of Generosity

Fresh bread

It was a cold morning. Sleet, slush, grey – you get it. Yet, my husband and I have a standing Saturday ‘date’. We walk the short distance from our house into town. Once there, we divide the list of errands, then meet back at Starbucks for coffee. And well the weather wasn’t encouraging, we decided…

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Seasons of Generosity

Bob and Anita

As in life, there are different seasons of generosity. Certainly, the amount of time, money, and energy we can give will vary depending on the season. “We are called to give whichever one [time, money, energy] we have in abundance,” explains Bob Tiessen, a life-long practitioner of generous giving. With careful planning, we can ensure…

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Giving Out Loud

Father and daughter with ipad

You may not feel like it, but when you live generously, you are an influencer. Perhaps not a 2M YouTube viewers influencer, but your donations model your values, and people are watching: Co-workers, friends, family – not least of whom are children and young people. When they see you give to charity, and know that…

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A Radical Financial Plan

Senior Couple

A Net Zero Budget A few years ago, retired teachers Doug and Karen, created a radical new financial plan. They were in their seventies and their idea was just a little reckless. “We said to each other, ‘Let’s say we live another 20 years – wouldn’t it be nice if we ran out of money…

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