Defining Charitable Contributions • Good Screen Time • Sleepy Success: Management Roundup
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Defining Charitable Contributions • Good Screen Time • Sleepy Success: Management Roundup

1. Correctly defining a contribution matters for churches and donors. "The word 'contribution' is synonymous with the word 'gift,' and so a contribution is not deductible unless it is a valid gift. Since no gift occurs unless a donor absolutely and irrevocably transfers title, dominion, and control over the gift, it follows that no charitable contribution deduction is available unless the contribution is unconditional. Similarly, no charitable contribution deduction is permitted if the donor receives a direct and material benefit for the contribution, since a gift by definition is a gratuitous transfer of property without consideration or benefit to the donor other than the feeling of satisfaction it evokes" ("Charitable Contributions Definition," by Richard R. Hammar, Church Finance). Provide your donors with helpful year-end giving reminders and tips with these downloadable bulletin inserts.

2. A self-aware leader is a powerful one. "Someone once described the role of the leader to me as this: A leader's behaviors can either add chaos to the system or remove it. Always seek to remove it. This has always stuck with me. Remove your own chaos from the system and seek to be a steady, dependable force in your organization. The only way to do so is by maintaining heightened self-awareness; recognize your flaws and pull yourself back when they put you too close to the edge of chaos" ("The One Quality a Leader Should Never Lack," by David Silverman, Fortune.com).

3. Is your screen time meaningful? "(M)ake your screen time worthwhile. Use technology to enhance your relationships and your work. If you feel yourself wasting time on it, practice shutting down. ... If you are desperate, use technology to help your technology issue—yes, it sounds counterintuitive. Yet, there are many apps that track your usage like Moment. This is its description:

Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you're using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you're over your limit"

("Make Your Screen Time Meaningful," by Fierce Inc.).

4. Make sleep health a priority for your office. "Sleep-deprived workers cost employers time and money … 11 days each in lost productivity, or about $2,300 a year. They're also more likely to get injured on the job or to make mistakes that cause injury to others. Over the long term, tired workers are at increasing risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and depression. Fatigue can even lead to less-ethical behavior or riskier economic decisions. Among the ways companies are helping employees catch their z's: Offering discounts on health insurance premiums for those who commit to at least seven hours of sleep per night. Providing info about habits that can lead to insomnia, such as drinking alcohol before bedtime. Allowing 'planned napping'… a 15-minute snooze instead of a coffee break. And screening for sleep disorders" (November 20, 2015, Kiplinger Letter, Kiplinger.com).

5. Notable quote. "Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter." —Francis Chan (via Lolly Daskal, inc.com).

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