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Four Keys to a Development Culture

4 months ago By Kristin Hammett

Over the past month, I have had several interactions with many service providers – a contractor, a design firm, two hospitals, several physician offices, a specialty retailer, and the list goes on. Suffice it to say, it has been a busy month. Almost immediately, after interacting with one of these businesses, I get a feel for its culture. I can sense whether they value teamwork, communication, and coordination, or if there is a bit of a siloed mentality, departmentalized thinking, and less fluid communication. These elements of culture have a way of overflowing into all aspects of business. What does…

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Giving Circles and the Gift of Giving

4 months ago By The Signatry

“Phil had a gift for giving,” recounts Susan Patton of her high school sweetheart and husband of 30 years. Susan had what she calls “traditional roles” in the family, and Phil handled all the finances, including the family giving. Phil had started practicing generosity from a young age, and he loved the opportunity to show God’s love through blessing others. “He would often ask my opinion about supporting one organization or another, but I would usually just agree with him because my heart was not yet drawn towards generosity the way Phil’s was,” Susan explains. To better orchestrate the family’s…

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Advisor

Three Ways 2020 Could Impact Estate Planning

5 months ago By Ben Bell

Now is the time to review estate plans for 2020. The beginning of the year is a time when many people have a resolution to evaluate, reevaluate, or plan their estate for the first time. With the turn of the calendar below are a few items of note which can affect planning an estate in 2020. Here are three things to consider as you engage with clients in this important conversation. 1. SECURE Act Effective January 1, 2020, the SECURE Act changes the age of required minimum distributions (RMDs) to age 72 and, in effect, eliminates the “Stretch-IRA” strategy for…

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Family

Building Your Legacy through Estate Planning

5 months ago By The Signatry

The beginning of the year is a time when many people begin thinking about estate planning. While it is crucial to have the necessary documents (i.e., wills, trusts, etc.) in place, estate planning provides an excellent opportunity to build upon a lasting legacy. Leaving a legacy is more than passing down material possessions; it is the opportunity to pen living documents that create something more beyond our earthly lives. In his book, The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn says, “You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.” Your estate plan is a key opportunity to make…

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Generosity: Fighting from the Home Front

5 months ago By Annika Bergen

When I lived in India, little red worms crawled up from beneath my tile floors. They looked like threads, but my teammate informed me they were worms. She also taught me how to kill them. Every morning as part of my daily routine, I doused capfuls of bleach on the little guys till they shriveled up, then I swept them into our trash. Life in India was like that. A beautiful country full of vibrant colors, India brimmed with culture, laughter, hospitality, and adventure. But the stresses of cross-culture living kept popping up. Worms on the floor. Flies on my…

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Ministry

Four Ways to Clarify Your Message

5 months ago By Kristin Hammett

The number of nonprofits has more than doubled since 2002. When you take into account the stagnant giving and impact of the 2017 tax law, we find ourselves in an increasingly crowded pool of charitable organizations. Not only do donors receive twice as many requests from nonprofits, but between social media and the constant bombardment of advertisements and commercials, donors face an increasing amount of excess noise. So how do you set yourself apart? How can you cut through the noise and ensure donors are hearing and fully grasping your message? Clarify your message. I think one of my biggest…

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Three Lessons From MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

6 months ago By The Signatry

Over 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his captivating “I have a dream” speech. From the Lincoln Memorial, he shared his captivating vision with the world. Before he had even reached the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King had spent many years passionately fighting for equality. Although most of us will never have the platform Dr. King had, there are three lessons we can learn from his activism and famous speech. Address the issue. Martin Luther boldly addressed the issue of racial inequality. He did not avoid or delay action. King knew what he was fighting for. He…

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Advisor

Starting 2020 with 20/20 Vision

6 months ago By Evan Lange

Over 60% of Americans will make New Year resolutions for 2020. Some of the most popular resolutions for 2020 are losing weight, reading more, spending more time with family, and flying less to help prevent emissions into the environment. While I typically do not have a “resolution” for the New Year, I will build a plan and goals for the next 12 months. What are the goals for financial advisors, lawyers, and accountants for 2020? A quick web search will provide hundreds of tips to improve and grow your practice. These tips include: investing and utilizing new technology, exploring new…

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Family

New Year’s Generosity Resolution

6 months ago By The Signatry

2020 is finally here! Not only is it the beginning of a new year, but it is also the beginning of a new decade. As we flip the calendar to a new year, nearly 200 million Americans will make a New-Year’s resolution. But what if we go beyond the stereotypical New Year’s resolutions and thought about what we, as a community of believers, could accomplish in the coming decade? In their book, God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School, John Cortines and Gregory Baumer explain that American evangelical Christians possess an annual income of over…

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