Your CFO: The Ripple Effect of Giving

Michelle Hartney, Jeff Mangum

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple effect with no logical end.” — Scott Adams We often talk about the impact of charitable giving in terms of tax deductions or the physiological impact it has on us (lower stress levels, increased self-esteem, longer life, and greater happiness to name a few).  That ooey-gooey feeling of warmth and happiness when we give is great – and it’s just the beginning of the impact our gifts make! Today, we’re flipping the script and talking about the incredible ripple effect giving has on the […]

I Hate That I Hate Volunteering

Michelle Hartney, Jenny

I’ve served thanksgiving dinner at homeless shelters. I’ve wrapped presents for poor kids at Christmas. I spent a summer in Costa Rica building houses. I’ve volunteered at various spots like that over the years here and there, but never consistently. I’ve always wanted to give back, but I’ll admit I’ve never really enjoyed the actual task of doing it, and I’ve always felt pretty crappy about that. Then, over the last five years as I built my business, I’ve felt waves of guilt that I haven’t had time—or haven’t made the time—to volunteer. To me, giving back means spending your […]

November 2016: Giving Back

Michelle Hartney, Kathleen

We reach a certain point in life where it’s required to give back. Not out of obligation, but because we are overflowing: with knowledge, experience, passion. With the understanding that generosity breeds exponential results. A few years ago I decided to test [The Universe]* on this whole generosity thing. I spent a week giving as much as possible with no expectation of return, from business advice to a dollar on the street. It worked; there was a return immediately, both spiritually and physically. And then I never repeated it again. It’s easy to lose sight of the value of giving […]