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Come on… Celebrities Holding Garage Sales? Now Those Would Really Have to Be Be “Divalicious” Events!

June 18th, 2015

By Barbara Tobias NABBW’s Thifting Associate What do Barb Tobias (The “Thrift Talk” Diva), Tori Spelling and Carol Burnett have in common? We all have yard sales!  Yes, it is true.  Six degrees of separation be damned!  I’m in good stead. I was stunned to learn, after reading numerous reports on People.com, Omg.com, and Thefrisky.com, that real celebrities were raising serious money through holding all types of sales; garage sales, tag sales, yard sales, porch sales, divorce sales, downsizing sales, moving sales…and are now moving into the corridors of high-rise apartment buildings... Read More

The Energy of Philanthropy

April 26th, 2012

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 compassion of people. We certainly need more conspicuous compassion in the world. Today, four out of five people believe we have lost sight of the fundamental values upon which our country was founded. Philanthropy is one of the three sectors by which we participate... Read More

Philanthropic Therapy: Can Meaning and Money Mix?

November 18th, 2011

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 designing a wealth holder’s financial plan. Holistic to the point that one of the Institute’s participants, CFP Rick Kahler, in Rapid City, South Dakota, is a leading proponent and co-founder of the Healing Money Issues... Read More

The Virtues of Passion in Changing Times

September 12th, 2011

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 Charles Dickens’ epic novel A Tale of Two Cities become more fact than fiction some 152 years since it was first published? And what does all this have to do with philanthropy (the third sector)? From my perspective, quite a lot. If one believes as I do, the sage wisdom of the late... Read More