Generosity Strategies for the Self-Employed

female business partners

Sisters and business partners, Janice and Jenn Nelson* run a small but thriving real-estate agency they built up over years of hard work. From the time they were young, they both valued giving to charity. However, being in the real-estate sector, their income was tied to the fluctuating market conditions, so they settled on giving…

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When giving requires sacrifice

Man looking at receipt

Giving requires sacrifice. When you give something away, you have less than you had before you gave. If you give time to others, you will have less time for personal hobbies. If you give your abilities in service to others, you will have less energy to use these same skills for your own pleasure. If…

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Lifestyles of the Kind and Generous

Couple with tablet

Opportunities for spontaneous generosity pop up all the time. Your doorbell rings and a canvasser for Heart & Stroke is on the stoop. “Would you consider giving a minimum $10 to research,” she asks. The cashier at the grocery store asks whether you’d like to add two dollars to your bill to support the local…

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Camp: a catalyst for generosity

Teen volunteers

Summer’s Here – Now What? It is the first week of July. Most Canadian parents are aware that their kids have a lot of empty days ahead this summer. Parents want to make sure the break from school is not only restful, but constructive. I was the same. Many parents are grateful for the variety…

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Dollars and Sense

Mom and kids at computer.

Good manners tell us that we shouldn’t talk about money because it isn’t polite. At the same time, we are bombarded with constant conflicting messages. One second ‘money can’t buy happiness’ is on a billboard and the next says ‘buy this product and you’ll be happy’. Commercials encouraging us to give generously interrupt episodes of reality…

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I’ve Got No Strings

Smiling older couple

Building Healthy Relationships Between Donors and Charities No matter why a person gives to charity, the organization they support is certain to be grateful. Financial contributions are what enable charities and nonprofits to do the good work they do. When I work with people giving to charity, they often know which charities they want to…

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June Newsletter

Marvel's Avengers movie poster

What’s Your Endgame? Legacy isn’t restricted to the world of superheroes. When John’s mom had a serious health scare in her early 60’s, he realized a scary truth: he didn’t know what his mom wanted in terms of her practical legacy. John’s story highlights the importance of talking about our legacy goals and wishes with…

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Summertime, and the Giving is Easy

girl gardening

For many charities, summertime is one of the most difficult seasons of the year. Even though most of us have a bit more time off and there are no snowy roads to drive, giving tends to slow down when the weather heats up. This may be because donors are away, or their resources are being…

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Engaging the Next Generation in Generosity

student march

Last fall, Greta Thunberg gave a compelling call to action against climate change[1]. She was 16 years old at the time. Greta has Asperger’s Syndrome, OCD and Selective Mutism, which she explains as “only speaking when necessary.” Her frustration with the lack of action against climate change caused her to speak up. She recalls learning…

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What’s Your Endgame?

Avengers Endgame

*Warning: possible Avengers Endgame spoilers* From the upcoming conclusion to the Skywalker saga to the record-breaking Avengers series, pop-culture is awash in discussions about legacy. Fans who have followed characters they love for years are deeply invested in what the franchise finales will leave behind. But legacy is not restricted to heroes in a fantasy…

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