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April 2018

  • Posted by Kevin Patten

    Trade Wars? What could this mean for the markets?

    April 17, 2018

    Is it part of “The Art of the Deal” a ploy to help negotiate better trade terms with China or is it the beginning of an all-out trade war.  The President announced tariffs on steel, aluminum and China countered with tariffs on U.S. farm products.  

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  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    Giving Philanthropy A Voice On The Hill

    April 12, 2018

    An interview with Jeff Hamond, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates, Washington D.C.  Mr. Hamond is leading the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative, as well as educating lawmakers about the consequences of adverse policy decisions.  We spoke with Jeff to share about his work with Community Foundation's across the nation.

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June 2014

  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    The Philanthropic Budget

    June 5, 2014

    Resources are limited. There is only so much time in the day and so much money to go around. With prices climbing and demands for our limited resources increasing rapidly, it can seem especially difficult to fit philanthropy into our lives. We hear frequently about the importance of budgeting to ensure our financial obligations are met and goals reached. Today, we have some simple tips for how you can include philanthropy into your planning, ensuring that it becomes a lifestyle habit instead of one more demand on your limited resources.

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April 2014

February 2014

January 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Saving and Giving: Teaching Kids to Plan

    January 9, 2014

    Saving. As adults we know it’s critical, but learning to save is often tough. The savings rate in our country illustrates the difficulty. The National Institute on Retirement Security says the typical American family has only ‘a few thousand dollars’ saved for retirement.

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November 2013

October 2013

August 2013

  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Question of the Week: The Money Tree

    August 9, 2013

    “What do you think? We have a money tree in the backyard?” It’s hard not to wonder if people really do think that money grows on trees, particularly in this day and age. 

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June 2013

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December 2012

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    Children and Finances: Where to start?

    December 5, 2012

    Authored By Helen Meyers

    Regardless of the age of your kids, from toddlers to teens, it’s never too early or too late to start talking about money. But where to begin? It’s not always intuitive. Here are a few tips to get you in the right frame of mind and steer you in the right direction.

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June 2012

April 2012

March 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    TAG Book Club: Just a Little Bit

    March 14, 2012

    Have you ever felt like the little things you do to help others might not really amount to much? Or maybe you don’t have enough money, enough time, or perhaps you’re just too little to make a difference? We all know these things are not true, because every little bit makes a difference. And we can teach our children that no matter how large or small their donation – and no matter if they volunteer once a year or commit their lives to a cause, their efforts matter and have an impact.

    Just a Little Bit, by Ann Tompert illustrates this and other important lessons when Elephant and Mouse decide to play on the seesaw and need a little help from friends to find a balance. Many help willingly, but there are naysayers in the crowd that don’t believe the group will ever be able to get Elephant off the ground. They work and work, and in the end the contributions of a small beetle are just enough to make all the difference.

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February 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Question of the Week: How is our Money Used?

    February 17, 2012

    As you probably know, the Susan G. Komen Foundation recently caused quite a stir. We are certainly not here to debate their decision(s) or the fall-out(s), but in reading responses to articles and social media postings over the past week, it is evident that many of us are not completely aware of how the nonprofits we support use the money we donate or raise on their behalf. It’s important to do your homework before supporting charities to ensure that your money is being used appropriately and in support of initiatives that you intend to be part of. For adults this can obviously involve significant financial investigation and vetting, however there are activities and discussions children can participate in to increase their awareness of what they are supporting and understand the importance of being sure our money is used well.

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January 2012

December 2011

October 2011

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    The Modern Piggy Bank

    October 19, 2011

    Authored by Helen Meyers

    Thinking back on your own childhood … do you remember your piggy bank? It was probably a round pig, with one hole in the top to plink your coins into. Didn’t you just love the way it sounded when the coin hit the bottom? Or how you felt when you shook out all the coins to count them? So your old piggy bank taught you two lessons: saving and spending. But what about the other crucial pieces of the financial puzzle: investing and sharing? Why not introduce these four concepts at the same time?

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July 2011

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Raising Generous Children

    July 28, 2011

    There are many varying names for the different generational groups that came along after the Baby Boomers – Generation X, Generation Y, the Millenials, Generation Z, Generation@. Regardless of the name and the many positive traits these different groups possess, we’ve all heard a few negative descriptions applied to all of them, such as spoiled, entitled, self righteous and selfish. 

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