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Is “Perpetual Endowment” the Best Way to Treat Large Bequests?

The following first appeared on the blog of Bloomerang, the non-profit customer relationship management software company where I work.    I appreciate the opportunity they give me to share new ideas with a broader audience. A couple of years ago I … Continue reading

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An Endowed Institution Closes Down?

Something fascinating is playing out at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts this year.    Last week, the board of the seminary (a 42-year-old institution created by a merger of two other schools with histories going back 150 years) voted 11-4 … Continue reading

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EVEN CEMETERIES AREN’T FOREVER

One of the many things that makes New Orleans such a wonderful, surreal, and spooky place is its above-ground cemeteries, especially the Cemetery of St. Louis (pronounced “san loo-ee” ) on the edge of the French Quarter. Because so much … Continue reading

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What did Jesus say about tithing?

What did Jesus say about tithing? Not much, actually.  From the written record that survives, it seems he talked about tithing almost as little as he did about homosexuality (which is to say, not at all).  Actually, his one reference … Continue reading

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The Value of Hand-written Notes

A blog post I read today is prompting me to take a break from the philosophical/ theological angle, and write a bit about the basic blocking and tackling of annual appeal fund-raising. Three or four years ago, the stewardship team … Continue reading

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Avoiding moths and vermin

I wasn’t going to get into Biblical foundations next, but last week’s liturgy was just too timely. At the Ash Wednesday service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis and elsewhere across the country, the Gospel reading was from Matthew Chapter … Continue reading

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The Tip of the Iceberg

This is a continuation of a blog that began here. A friend asked me how much money is in charities’ endowments, and what kind of difference it could make if half of it was used differently.   I did some research and … Continue reading

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