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Where Will Your Philanthropy Be In 2017?

Where Will Your Philanthropy Be In 2017? By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW’s Philanthropy Expert “The difference between who you are now and who you are five years from now comes down to the people you meet and the books you read.” – Anonymous The year 2017 seems like a long way off […]

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Trust, Transparency Critical in Philanthropic Quest

Trust, Transparency Critical in Philanthropic Quest By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW’s Philanthropy Expert Country music diva, Kathy Mattea’s lyrics, “Standin’ knee deep in a river and dyin’ of thirst,” could well apply to the quagmire many people get into when they start their philanthropic quest. According to the National Center for Charitable […]

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The Energy of Philanthropy

The Energy of Philanthropy By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW’s Philanthropy Expert Sixty-seven years ago, a 13-year-old girl caught in the horrors of the holocaust wrote in her diary, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank believed in the goodness and […]

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A True Philanthropic Holiday Season

A True Philanthropic Holiday Season By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW’s Philanthropy Expert Each year it seems there is more conspicuous consumption and less conspicuous compassion around the holiday season. Is it just human nature or do we all get a bit edgy when we hear Christmas Carols and Holiday tunes blast out […]

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Philanthropic Therapy: Can Meaning and Money Mix?

Philanthropic Therapy: Can Meaning and Money Mix? By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW’s Philanthropy Expert “Philanthropic Therapy: Can Meaning and Money Mix? Once again, I was rewarded with an “aha moment” as I experienced George Kinder’s life planning and financial coaching session. The Kinder Institute of Life Planning takes a holistic approach when […]

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The Virtues of Passion in Changing Times

The Virtues of Passion in Changing Times By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW’s Philanthropy Expert “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens Gridlock in Washington, riots in London… has […]

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What is Your Philanthropic Footprint?

What is your Philanthropic Footprint? By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW’s Philanthropy Expert Without going to the extreme of “wearing my heart on my sleeve,” I believe philanthropy shapes the ethics and morals of our society.  America, once a county of the young, is fast graying.  The number of Boomers ready to pass […]

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This year is the bicentennial celebration of Margaret Fuller

This year is the bicentennial celebration of Margaret Fuller’s birth, an extraordinary woman, (1810-1950) with a global vision of equality and human rights; a guiding light for a generation of women eager to make a difference and leave a legacy. Among her many accomplishments, she was the first woman journalist on Horace Greeley’s New York […]

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The Philanthropic Muse

In the current issues of Fortune Magazine billionaires Warren Buffest, Bill Gales, and Melinda Gates ask the nation’s billionaires to pledge to give at least half their net worth to charity, in their lifetimes or at death. Such a noble idea could just be the catalyst to reverse decades of “the rich getting richer and […]

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