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When you face a challenge at home, in your career, or in life, do you leverage the power of questions to discover, learn, and reveal possibilities? Do you evaluate how to move forward? With well-structured, specific questions serving as a means of inquiry, we discover the unknown so that we can make smart, more effective choices in our lives.

Did you ever use a magnifying glass to start a fire as a middle-school kid? I can distinctly remember when I was about 13 or 14 years old the thrill of doing just that on a bright sunny day. I thought starting a fire with a leaf with a magnifying glass was so amazing!

Although English was never my strong suit in school, I have come to realize and appreciate the power and impact of the spoken and written word. Words really do matter, and from words—both spoken and written—we craft our perspective of life, society, issues, and yes, our core beliefs and values.

Let’s revisit the concept of philanthropic “circles.” If you are a donor who is fluent with giving vehicles, you understand that the giving circle is a vehicle for financial giving, where a group of individuals pools their money, time, talents, or trust together to give for a specific cause, charity, or outreach project.

Recently, while sipping my morning coffee, I read an article from a higher education publication that listed the skill set needs for college students. One of the skill sets mentioned was the need for digital fluency – “the ability to use technology tools efficiently and effectively.” It was one of those “Aha!” moments that struck me.

In my previous blog, I shared my thoughts about seven key beliefs of donor philanthropy. In formulating the seven beliefs, it occurred to me that people may want to know why donor philanthropy and the seven core beliefs are so important to each of us — to our families, our communities, and our nation.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, “hometown” nonprofit fundraising has been significantly curtailed. The smaller, local nonprofits are striving to adapt to the new fundraising environment of face-masks and 6-ft socially distancing. Thus , as a slight change in focus, I thought it important to provide a 4 part blog series on nonprofit fundraising from a donor-focused perspective.

I am all about thinking differently. My goal is to flip the script on philanthropy as a way to unleash the human spirit to do more good in the world. In fact, I believe that by thinking differently and creatively about philanthropy we can make an impact. We need to respond with meaning, structure, and purpose and help those who are less fortunate.

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Disclosure: Greg Doepke is the founder and principal of Aspire to Give®, a social enterprise that donates 100% of profits to charity.
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