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Sharpe Celebrates 50 Years – Into the ’70s

Posted February 1st, 2013

The Beatles broke up and disco music was the rage. The Vietnam war ended and Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency. It was a decade of new technology—Microsoft was founded; the VCR changed our TV viewing habits; pocket calculators and the Sony Walkman were introduced. Swimmer Mark Spitz won seven Gold Medals at the Munich Olympics; the first “Star …Read More

A Tale of a Gift Gone Wrong

Posted February 1st, 2013

Most gifts are more than welcome and the terms of most wills are straightforward. But, as the earlier article points out, well-thought-out gift acceptance policies and trustworthy appraisals perhaps could have prevented the following situation, which is likely to end up costing more than the eventual worth of a gift. The problem gift As reported in The New …Read More

Head Off Potential Problems with Gift Acceptance Policies

Posted February 1st, 2013

“What do we do if a donor wants to give us the family silver?” “What fees can we legitimately pay in connection with the receipt of a particular gift?” “Should we give credit for a gift of life insurance to our campaign?” We are often asked these and similar questions in the course of helping …Read More

Why Don’t People Give More?

Posted February 1st, 2013

Editor’s note: In the December 2012 issue of Give & Take, the first installment of “Why Don’t People Give More?” examined why people who are willing to give only a certain amount may feel they cannot give more. In Part 2, below, Robert Sharpe reveals how a thoughtful development professional can address donors’ concerns while helping …Read More

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