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Toxic Charity

Toxic Charity

Have you read “Toxic Charity” by Robert Lupton? I did. It changed how I look at giving to charity. Is your donation helping or actually hurting the people you want to help? My family used to provide groceries and toys to a local family in need. We noticed that the father was never around when…

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08.252015
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Give Where You Live…for real.

Give Where You Live…for real.

“Would you like to donate a dollar to keep kids in school?” “Dollar to feed the hungry?” “Donation to cure xyz disease?” “Fill the boot!” “Put your old clothes and shoes and books in this dumpster-looking thing at Walmart (or any other number of places around town)!” When they ask, I say “No, thanks. I…

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07.212015
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Endowment…continued

Endowment…continued

I recently told you about endowments and how they are intended to provide income to other organizations for perpetuity. The Community Foundation is one of those organizations. The Foundation’s operating budget is provided in part by the Administrative Endowment, which is a fund set up a long time ago by the Foundation’s board of directors….

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06.112015
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Endowment…wait, what?

Endowment…wait, what?

“Endowment.” What does that even mean? We at the Community Foundation use that word a lot. I mean A LOT. We love the word. If you ask Merriam-Webster, he has a ton of definitions, but none of them quite match what the Community Foundation does. So, here is my definition… Endowment means to build a…

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05.122015
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Let’s Get Organized!

Let’s Get Organized!

Organizing my personal paperwork used to be a dreaded task, and I have an organizy-type personality! Thankfully, we have scanners and easily-accessible cameras on our smart phones to help us. And now you have this handy-dandy personal “Records Retention Schedule” as a reference. I scan everything I need to keep to an electronic file, and…

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04.142015
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Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month

April is Financial Literacy Month. Raise your hand if you feel like you were raised in a home that taught you financial literacy. Good for you! But many young people are sent out into the world, be it college or the working world, with little to no financial training. My folks were really great parents,…

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02.202015
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Jenga!

Jenga!

Jenga! Have you ever played it? The idea is to stack wood blocks carefully without knocking over the stack. If the stack does get knocked over, it makes a huge racket, and the kid inside you squeals in fear! Admit it…you’ve squealed at least once while playing! Saving money can be a little like Jenga….

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12.162014
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Be All There

Be All There

Christmas is sneaking up on us…it’s only nine days away! If you’re blessed enough to have family somewhat close, you’ll probably be getting together in the next couple weeks like we are with our families. Sometimes these get-togethers are dreaded, and sometimes they’re anxiously anticipated. Regardless of which side your family lands, be all there….

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09.242014
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Prepared

Prepared

 Prepared adjective : made at an earlier time for later use : made ready in advance : ready for something : in a suitable condition for some purpose or activity Prepared.  Tim and I prepared.  We prepared for death with life insurance and a will.  We prepared for old age when we bought our current…

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12.182013
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Christmas Traditions in Grant County

Christmas Traditions in Grant County

Tradition. Tradition!  What are your Christmas traditions?  Our family enjoys driving through the Christmas City Walkway of Lights singing the Twelve Days of Christmas as we pass each display leading up to the Toll Booth.  We always make monkey bread before we open presents on Christmas Day.  Everyone gets a new toothbrush in their stocking…every…

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