Give, and you shall receive.

When making a decision concerning whom to do business with, ask yourself first if this particular person or company supports the same philanthropic charities that you support… or for that matter, if they support philanthropic charities at all.

True story: My husband and I both know about 10 insurance salesmen. We already have a considerable number of various insurance policies, but decided that at our age, it was time to invest in a Long Term Care policy. If you’ve kept up with my blog at all, you surely understand the value of having a policy in place that will care for you as your bones turn to brittle, your hair turns gray and you have trouble remembering what you ate for breakfast that morning.

One of the 10 persistent (and aggressive I might add) insurance salesmen we know just happens to live nearby and has kids that attend the same school as ours, in the same grade levels no less. He provided us with endless amounts of information regarding Long Term Care plans. We were just about ready to commit to a substantial policy and sign on the dotted line when my husband and I looked at each other and let out a resounding “STOP!”

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We both serve on a Board of Directors where we devote significant amounts of time and energy, as well as generous sums of our own, well earned money to help those that are less fortunate than we are. We also stress the importance of giving to our children and have been delighted to witness their selfless acts of kindness.

We looked at each other and mutually realized that we were about to give our business to someone who not only withholds from contributing to our favorite charity of choice, but blatantly refused when he and his wife were asked to donate to the cause a few years ago.

At that point, my husband and I explained to the insurance agent that we were choosing to give our business to a fellow charity board member who shares our common goal of helping others in need.

To our surprise, he inquired about our charity, anxious to learn why we were both so committed. We explained how a gift of $1,000 could literally feed hundreds of hungry people, help provide medicine and care for the elderly and help less advantaged and/or abused children. With one donation.

The insurance agent called us back soon thereafter and declared he would like to donate 50% of his first year’s commissions to our charity.

Ironically, we never asked him to make a pledge. It wasn’t a calculated ploy to hit him up for money. We simply explained that we were choosing to do our business with those who share our common ground and support philanthropic charities that are near and dear to our hearts.

Fundraisers … learn this lesson.
Businessmen and businesswomen … learn this lesson.


WHEN DECIDING “WHOM” TO GIVE YOUR PERSONAL BUSINESS TO, MAKE SURE TO FIRST ASK YOURSELF IF HE OR SHE …


1. BELIEVES IN SIMILAR VALUES

2. IS COMMITTED TO SIMILAR GOALS

3. SHARES A PASSION FOR HELPING OTHERS

4. HAS A PROVEN HISTORY OF PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT IN GENERAL

5. SUPPORTS YOUR SPECIFIC CHARITY OF CHOICE


If the answer is no to any or all of the questions listed above, you might want to rethink whose business practices you wish to support.


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