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Case Study: How Minds Matter Made 2x ROI with a Live Auction

The auctioneer stopped in the middle of bidding and asked me to come on stage. The bidding stopped at $2,000 for a 7-night, luxury vacation for 10 to any of Inspirato’s destinations. It was easily worth over $15,000. And no one’s hands were going up. Inspirato’s “Inspired Giving” program required a $6,000 minimum and we weren’t close. In the audience …

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The Way We Think About Donating Is Dead Wrong: Part I

It’s a simple concept but most entrepreneurs don’t understand how this works, so I’m going to break it down. Time, advice, and money. In basic terms, those are the 3 things you have — right now — to give. (RELATED: How To Get Your C-Suite on the Giving Bus) In this series I’m focusing specifically on giving money because the …

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How To Straight Crush A Fundraiser

Just another chicken dinner gala and they want my money… Fundraisers for nonprofits suck. They all follow the same old subpar formula. Donors are getting fatigued. But nonprofits are in a dilemma. Their tight budgets mean they skimp on details and as a result raise less money. After 20 years of planning fundraisers, I think I found a solution. For …

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The Way We Think About Volunteering is Dead Wrong: Part III

A coin has 3 sides: front, back, and edge. We all live on one of those sides, and if you’re an entrepreneur, you live on the edge. It’s what you do. It’s the way you think. It’s how you hustle. It’s how you give. The giving I’m talking about here is in terms of time. AKA: volunteering. In the last …

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How to Get Your C-Suite on the Giving Bus

You’ve got to get your leadership team on the giving bus because it’s precisely how you drive healthy, sustainable growth. And you can all get your seats on this bus by being strategic givers. I want to show you how your C-Suite can start giving back strategically and in doing so, motivate your employees and grow your business.   When …

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How to Build Social Capital: Asking for Introductions

Plebe year at Culver Military Academy is all about followership before leadership, which is how I found myself in Major Duckett’s Leadership course studying the art of table manners (among other things). The leadership class teaches social etiquette such as how to properly set a table, position your body, and eat like a classy individual. For the first time I …

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The Way We Think About Giving Is Dead Wrong

They say things like: “I wish I had more time because I know I totally should do more for the community.” or “I’ve got to focus on other things and just can’t make time to help others right now.” or “I’m in my accumulation years. I’ll help others in the next decade when I’ve amassed enough wealth to give my …

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How to Build Social Capital: Connect and Entertain Your Networks

I’m telling you this story because THEY did something I couldn’t believe. Actually, it’s not that they did something. It’s that they didn’t do something. Back in 2011 I was honored to be named “40 Under 40” by the Denver Business Journal. This isn’t a humblebrag article. Just wait. When you win the award, the DBJ throws a big luncheon. …