Author Archives: J. Ronald Newlin

About J. Ronald Newlin

Non-profit consultant, museum developer, historian, Episcopalian, blues/punk bassist

A Billion Here, a Billion There …

We’re talking in this blog about putting assets to work to make an impact on the world. A million dollars is not enough. Let’s talk about twenty-five or fifty billion. My friend Dan, who has an annoying habit of cutting … Continue reading

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A million dollars for YOUR organization…

Since I learn more from listening than from talking, today I’m going to ask another question. The question is, what would your church or your favorite non-profit do with one million dollars? I’m interested in specifics. Do you have a … Continue reading

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Churches Don’t Retire

My last couple of posts on this blog revolved around inviting readers (most of whom are personal friends at this point) to share what they would do, personally, with a windfall of a million dollars. The responses — some whimsical, … Continue reading

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Your responses to “what to do with one million dollars”

Thanks to everyone who responded to my first question on this blog, either here or on my Facebook page. I shouldn’t have been too surprised at how generous the instincts of most of my guest posters were. After all, most … Continue reading

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Your turn: what would you do with One MILLION Dollars?

What is so resonant (and funny) about a million dollars? I used to open many of my presentations on non-profit fund-raising with a riff on the old Steve Martin Saturday Night Live monologue about how you could make a million … Continue reading

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Surviving the Famine Years (continued)

(Continued from here.) I decided to name this blog after the story in Genesis 47 because it is instructive in a way that we don’t often consider, in our efforts to turn years of plenty into futures of plenty.    Pharaoh … Continue reading

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Surviving the Famine Years …

After a year of thinking about it, I’ve decided to name this blog Pharaoh’s Dream. The purpose of this blog is to talk primarily and specifically about church finance, but also about non-profit finance in general. My primary intended audience is … Continue reading

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