The Aspire to Give® Blog

The purpose of Stewardship Giving is to provide charitable financial support to organizations, causes, or passions that are valuable, important to you, and worthy of preserving. There are many layers of Stewardship Giving that a donor should know.

We all lead busy lives. We strive to balance our family, work and personal life, all while trying to fit in as much as possible. We get our children to school or daycare, we go to work, have errands to run, and we may be involved in a multitude of activities with our children, both relating to school and extracurricular. In the small gaps in our busy lives, we hope to serve our community and try to help better the lives of those in need.

It always seemed so simple! You either had ‘nonprofits’ (501c(3)) - charitable organizations that were focused on the mission and ‘doing good’. Or…you had ‘for-profit’ businesses whose sole purpose were to maximize profits for owners and stakeholders. There was no middle ground whereby organizations could both generate revenue and do social good.

In traditional charitable financial giving we think of both donors and nonprofits. From the donors’ perspective, we financially give - donate - to an organization (such as our church), serve a cause, or improve a social or environmental condition that is important to us. Nonprofits typically receive their funding from individual donations, business sponsorships, grants and hosted events. Innovations in society are happening everyday. In the philanthropic sector, these innovations include new tools and techniques to improve our hometown.

Recently, the International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy held their national conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference featured leading-edge presentations on legacy planning, next-generation giving, women in philanthropy, effective philanthropic conversations, impact investing, and emerging trends and challenges in community philanthropy.

As a charitable donor, how do you know the impact of your charitable giving?

As donors, we receive solicitations daily to give to this charity or that cause. Many times such solicitations, while worthy, are of no interest. But what about those that are emotionally appealing to us - that connect to something that is really important to us? How do we know our financial generosity is really making an impact?

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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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