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New from planned giving design center

Posted on August 29th, 2014

Bringing Change to the World Through Personalized Philanthropy

Connecting your values to action


Now that Steven has introduced us to the Four Donors, he takes us further down the path of realizing our vision and merging it with that of the institution. Then he introduces his 'Killer Apps' to show us how to pull it all together.

Free Gift

Posted on January 17th, 2014

Free Gift

On US Air next to elegant older couple. I was assigned the window seat but did t make him move. So I am in the aisle. Food cart comes by. I get a cheese plate. Pay with my credit card. The gentleman and lady want the same thing. Credit cards only accepted. They want to give me money and for me to use my credit card. I say ok. The flight attendant pulls their cheese tray and I give her the card. She checks and I nod I am paying for them and say yes. But I refuse their money. I wave them away when they push me ten dollars. We all smile. The flight attendant says: that was very nice of you; would you like a drink? It will be on me. She tells the flight attendant pushing the other end of the cart down the narrow to bring me a glass of wine gratis..... Next, my friends next to me say they want two beers. The flight attendant, now the second one, reminds them no cash, only cards. I say, in for a dime, in for a dollar, and ok to charge these beers on my card. She brings the beers and says they are on her. This might be what you call a free gift. Cheers!

Zen and the art of gift design.

Posted on July 25th, 2013

You wouldn't think so, but we live a life of danger, fundraisers.

It's a risky business. Philanthropy as an act of making something. A creative act. Design. Art. Science. Poetry.

Same process…. Discovery the disorderly act, the call to action.
Then, the rational planning and finally an act of choice of a form.
Building a structure.

Done and ship.

When you learned annual giving, major giving or planned giving did you ever think it was just about asking? Did you ever imagine it would be about making something?

Well, it can be.

In fact, think of your gift designs as a consumable, for just the person you have designed the gift for.

Your design is also a gift, but will it be accepted?

That's why every interaction with a donor is a risk.

You never know if an idea will emerge or not.

But it usually does.

Steven Meyers

Personalized Philanthropy. For both fundraisers and philanthropists. When we say we want to get it right, what do we mean? “The right gift, for the right purpose, for the right donor.” It's about innovative donor-focused, individually-tailored giving strategies -- new gift applications that combine current and future gifts, so that donors can create a lasting legacy where recognition and impact begin now. To make miracles happen at charitable organizations close to their hearts. ~Steven L. Meyers, Ph.D., Founder, Personalized Philanthropy