Bert Armstrong

Let the Vision Pull You

| by Bert Armstrong

I read an article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy this week written by Joan Garry, a consultant, author, and speaker who has been called the “Dear Abby of Nonprofit Leaders” for her advice. The article, "How to Ask for Money During a Crisis," offers sage advi…

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We Must Do More Than Talk About Racism

| by Bert Armstrong

Not long ago all of us were being asked to do our civic duty and help each other by staying home and keeping our distance from one another. While emotionally and financially difficult, it is believed to be the most effective means of confronting this terrible COVID-19 pandemic until a vaccin…

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Helping the Helpers

| by Bert Armstrong

Fred Rogers often told this story about when he was a boy and would see scary things on the news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s word…

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Looking for Blind Spots

| by Bert Armstrong

Happy New Year!  Happy leap year!  Happy new decade!  I hope you found just the right balance of celebration and reflection on the year that has passed, mixed with a strong dose of readiness and anticipation for what lies ahead in 2020. Our Armstrong McGuire team is starting …

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What's Your Giving Plan?

| by Bert Armstrong

It’s that time of year!  Halloween is here. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa will all be here before you know it. Celebrations with family and friends will fill our homes, churches and synagogues, classrooms, and offices.  And your mailb…

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The Wall is Fake News!

| by Bert Armstrong

Which do you prefer? iPhone or Android? Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or LinkedIn? Cable television or streaming apps? CNN or Fox news or MSNBC? Democrat or Republican or Independent?  Eastern or Western NC barbeque? NC State or UNC or Duke or Wake Forest? For me, it…

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What Instrument Do You Play?

| by Bert Armstrong

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.” H.E. Luccock I make no claims to being a classical music connoisseur. On a good day, I can pretty quickly distinguish between Mozart’s Symphony No 40 and Beethoven’s Symphony No 5. Beyond t…

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Giving Back Through Birthdays

| by Bert Armstrong

"Katie and Jason Weeks have always enjoyed hosting parties. When they celebrate their children’s birthdays, they look forward to surrounding their kids with friends. They don’t look forward to adding dozens of new toys to their children’s collection. So, from the beginnin…

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