Archives for the month of: September, 2011

How, you may ask, do I have time to sit here and write a blog post? Last you heard, I had three Friday deadlines and no time to spare.

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The name of the post was a sign on my office wall.

On September 12, 2001, I looked at that sign, and I thought about falling people and disintegrating buildings and hundreds upon thousands of my brothers and sisters, vaporized, and realized that I couldn’t spend my life in a cubicle.

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It’s a well-known statistic. People in the U.S. are incredibly generous, with 75% of families donating an average of almost 3% of their annual household income.  A third of this goes directly to religious institutions as tithe, but it’s still an incredible statistic.

And yet we all know people who never give a dime. In fact, we all have clients and patrons who never give a dime, or from whom every dime needs to be extracted with power equipment, no matter how much they say they love you. How can this be?

I like to think of givers as having a “charitable impulse.” It’s that innate desire to give. You cannot teach it, you cannot compel it. People want to give, or they don’t. Read the rest of this entry »