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  • Lessons from a Pineapple

    Illustration by Ryan Miller. I’ve always liked my first column of the New Year to be optimistic and thought provoking. In years past I’ve written about the relationship…

  • The Hidden Cost of 15 Percent

    Buy a pink water bottle and the store will donate 20 percent of its price to support breast cancer research. Come in for dinner on a Tuesday night…

  • Charitable Giving Through Your Estate

    The United States of America has a tradition of philanthropy that is the envy of the rest of the world. In 2007, a record $307 billion was…

  • Charitable Cash Creates Careers

    Last week the Door County Community Opportunity Investment Network (COIN) was launched. It is a micro-lending and business mentoring program that will assist entrepreneurs who are starting or…

  • Coming Home to Door County

    In March, I was travelling for three of the month’s four workweeks. Part of that time was spent in Florida visiting with a few of Door County’s generous…

  • We’re More Than Consumers

    The wonderful thing about this time of year is whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Festivus, there is a spirit that ties all of these holidays together….

  • The Bigs Return to Door County

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin once had a strong presence in Door County. But that once vibrant program waned during the last decade until there was…

  • Business Giving is Good for Business

    Kaaren Northrop and her family are the epitome of business generosity. As the proprietors of Main Street Market, their company has long been known as one of the…

  • Serving Door County with an Artist’s Soul: Nancy and Bob Davis

    On June 24, 2015, a few hundred people gathered at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club to join the Door County Community Foundation in celebrating Nancy and Bob Davis as…

  • Ryan Miller

    Philanthropy Supporting Business

    There’s a fascinating shift going on in modern philanthropy. Many of our nation’s most ingenious philanthropic institutions are broadening their focus. Rather than limiting themselves to awarding grants…

  • The State of Giving in Door County

    The recent national headlines paint a grim picture for charities in the United States. “Economic Recovery Slow for US Nonprofits” (AP News). “This Christmas, Charities are in Crisis”…

  • The Least Expensive Gift You’ll Ever Make

    Our whole community was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a couple of Door County’s most generous souls. Ruth Barker and Lee Traven, two absolutely wonderful…

  • Black Friday on Thanksgiving Isn’t the Real Problem

    For nearly 20 years, my lovely wife Cari and I had a special Black Friday tradition. In the wee hours after Thanksgiving, she would get up at 2…

  • The Price of Staying Warm

    In the midst of one of the coldest winters in a generation, We Are Hope, Inc. is proving to be one of the most important charities in Door…

  • Curing Donor Fatigue: The Search for Fulfillment

    Giving, at its highest levels, is gratifying for the donor. I have seen it for myself countless times during my two decades working in philanthropy. The words “joy”…

  • Fraud in the Non-Profit World

    Those of us who work for non-profits like to think we’re immune from the rash of corruption that seems to have overtaken the for-profit world. We see convicted…

  • Choosing Door County

    At some point or another, almost all of us in Door County had to make a conscious decision to call this place home. There’s the retiree who spent…

  • Which is More Valuable: In-Kind or Cash Gifts?

    A colleague recently asked which was more valuable to a charity – when someone makes an in-kind gift or when they write check? The most common “in-kind” gift…

  • The Storm’s Hidden Damage

    On the Monday following the Sept. 29 wind storm I had breakfast at the Summertime Restaurant in Fish Creek. General Manager Brian Hackbarth came by the table to…

  • A Gift to the Future

    An endowment is perhaps the most misunderstood, yet critically important component of the financial health and future of a charity. The confusion begins in that an endowment calls…