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Thoughts on Generosity is a monthly blog written by Greg Schupra, founder of Signficance, LLC.

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Throughout his career, Greg has educated and assisted thousands of people and their advisers in creating legacies, leaving more than $1 billion of accumulated wealth to charity.

 

Monthly Blog Posts

Building Community Through Generosity - January 20, 2017

I think you will agree that there is an extraordinary amount of fear, anxiety and uncertainty in the world as we enter 2017. People are concerned for the future and the unknown. There are appeals for everyone to come together for the well-being of all. It is in this context that I believe generosity can play a role in helping to bring people together. ...the rest of the story

Is Generosity Learned or Part of Our DNA? - December 21, 2016

When growing up, did you ever make a Christmas list for Santa? I did! I couldn't wait for the "Sears Christmas Wish Book" catalog to arrive so that I could go through it page by page to make my list. I dreamed about all of the toys that I hoped to get Christmas morning and was enthralled with the idea of opening packages with a Daisy BB Gun (yes, like Ralphie in the movie A Christmas Story), a baseball mitt, MatchBox cars or an Etch-a-Sketch. ...the rest of the story

Notable Strategies for Year-end Giving, Part 3:  Giving Beyond What Your Can Imagine - November 22, 2016

I wish that every American could spend one day visiting nothern France where our brave troops stormed the beaches of Normandy 72 years ago. After recently visiting those beaches and then experiencing Armistice (Veterans) Day, I am overwhelmed with thankfulness contemplating those who laid down their lives for the liberation of Europe during WWII. ...the rest of the story

Notable Strategies for Year-end Giving, part 2:  Creating Happiness, Experiencing Joy - October 18, 2016

You have probably heard the phrase, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  The blessing in the quote attributed to Jesus Himself by the Apostle Paul may seem obvious in that in order to be able to give, you first need to have something in which to give.  However, I believe it goes beyond the material possession.  I think the blessing also refers to the tremendous joy you experience by creating happiness for someone.  ...the rest of the story

Notable Strategies for Year-end Giving - September 20, 2016

The last several months hold some of the most anticipated times of the year.  It's the time we enjoy cider, donuts and wagon rides at the apple orchard.  It's kick-off time for college and professional football; and it's a time to get lost in a corn maze or spooked at a "haunted house," eating turkey, stuffing and gravy with family at Thanksgiving, or anticipating the joy and gift of Christmas and all of the specialness the season brings.  The year end also bring with it the opportunity to finish the year strong by impacting others.  It provides us with the time we can encourage and inspire those in need through the charitable giving.  … the rest of the story.

 

Giving Priorities of Savvy Donors - August 31, 2016

Leadership in an organization can mean everything.  It can mean the difference between winning and losing, profit and loss, effectiveness and ineffectiveness.  Great leaders can produce significant impact and results, while poor leadership can create devastating consequences for many employees and their families, as was the case during the market meltdown of 2008.  ... the rest of the story.

My Purple "Lankey" — July 27, 2016

My three-year-old grandson, Kru, loves his purple "lankey" (that's blanket in Kru's language).  Like the Peanuts character, Linus Van Pelt, Kru's lankey gives him a feeling of security.  Security gives us a sense of hope and it's hope that many people desire.  … the rest of the story

Relief or Development — June 29, 2016

It seems that one of the greatest questions in generosity is discerning whether to give someone a fish or teach them to fish? …the rest of the story

The Giants In Your Life — April 23, 2016

Have you ever thought about giants?  I certainly did when I was a kid.  "Jack and the Beanstalk" and the "Jolly Green Giant" are probably the most famous, along with those in San Francisco and New York.  I contend that giants are real and at times they exist in each of our lives. ... the rest of the story 

Significance & Generosity — March 16, 2016

Do you remember when you bought your first car?  For me it was such a great experience that I can remember every details.  ... the rest of the story.

Unprecedented Wealth — February 10, 2016

I was recently speaking with an urban pastor who described the great emotional difficulty people face living in low-income urban communities.  Surrounded by large amounts of wealth, he indicated, people become easily discouraged.  ... the rest of the story.