"If you think earning money is hard, try giving it away!"

I heard this quote and found it apt. It's harder than you think to make a significant gift that can make a meaningful difference. That's one of the things I do:

I help people give until it feels good. Legacy, fulfilled. 

I coach people to confidence to answer the question, ‘What will my legacy be?’ As a Philanthropy Coach, I work with individuals, families, front line advisors, and business owners. I help you explore your story and turn your passion into impact through philanthropy.

FOR INDIVIDUALS OR FAMILIES: Bringing meaning to your life personally, or bringing together family members in a purposeful way.

FOR ADVISORS: Bringing philanthropy and legacy-thinking to your practice and to your clients using Tithing as a framework-it works! Helping you find your Philanthropic Passion first and understand the power of helping clients find theirs. Infusing fun, greater productivity, and enhanced client relationships.

FOR BUSINESS OWNERS: Building philanthropy into your business model offers improved employee relations, greater customer loyalty, and improved sales...your customers care about the world and want to see that you do, too! Tithing To Profit!


WHAT DO I DO: I offer a four-month Personal Giving Intensive to help clients get clear and confident about their story, their desire, and the impact; I help you explore, breakthrough and plan. The fee for this Personal Intensive is $3,600. Included are 16 weekly calls and emails/texts to get and keep you on track to your Legacy, fulfilled.

“Susan has been a mentor and guide since I started on my own philanthropy journey and wanted to integrate giving impact in my work with clients. I knew what I wanted, but wasn’t sure how. Working with Susan has shown me the way!”
— Financial Advisor, NY

connecting with philanthropy

Using Philanthropy as a Tool to enhance your life or business, Susan Axelrod brings unyielding energy and passion to inspire YOU to find meaning, purpose and joy. Her well of ideas stems from an eternal spring of passion about helping others understand the power of Philanthropy and the magical outcomes yielded by personal engagement. Whether you are contemplating your personal, business, or family legacy, Susan offers structure and guidance to help you Take Action, Find Results, and Feel Empowered and Live Purposefully.

You have made such a difference in my approach to ‘giving.’ Thanks for enlightening me!
— Sheila O'Connell, Foundation Donor & Volunteer

RETIRING with Philanthropy

Susan's proprietary tool, The Giving Formula™ makes it possible for you to create meaningful and lasting change locally or globally.  Engaging in philanthropy offers powerful synergy especially for retiring executives who want something meaningful to 'do.' Charitable organizations need your expertise and person-power to accomplish Vision & Mission. Using The Giving Formula™, you can find your Philanthropic Passion, and create a meaningful legacy with a worthy organization. It's a win-win.  Now that you're retired [or retiring soon!], you have more time to make the impact that will generate your lasting legacy.

How it Works ~ Contact Susan now to discuss Philanthropy Coaching sessions to uncover your true philanthropic passion and start making impact that will last beyond your lifetime. One four-month Intensive will be exactly what you need to contemplate, explore and create a simple plan of action. Contact me now for a no-obligation one-hour discovery call!

working with philanthropy

Susan's Philanthropy Formula helps advisors connect with clients in a subject area where they say they want guidance! Most clients want to make impact and to craft and realize their philanthropic dreams. Susan first shares this tool with advisors to guide them toward their own personal Philanthropic Passion; her work connects you personally and powerfully to loyal clients. 

When advisors have their own experience in creating their philanthropic vision and have asked and answered the question: "What will my legacy be?" they are able to work with clients in a more meaningful, personal and impactful way, forming unique bonds with current and prospective clients that help to strengthen existing ties and establish new relationships.

Advisors use Susan's proven method to set themselves and their services apart by bringing her in as a coach for themselves personally, as a speaker for a customer appreciation session, and/or to conduct a Legacy Workshop with a family, or with a small group of clients.

How it Works ~Your needs, interests and desired outcomes will be explored in a no-obligation Discovery Call. Outcomes and Fees are customized and sent in a proposal within two days of the call.

Minimum Engagement Fees apply, please contact Susan personally to discuss--there is never any obligation from a discussion!



1) Decide on an amount to gift.

2) Discuss as a family [in person, by conference call, skype, email or text!] why we want to do this [legacy!], how & when. Make a list of worthy organizations to consider.

3) Reduce the # of organizations suggested to 1 per family member--each family member commit to doing a bit of research and 'make the case' to the others for supporting your selected organization. Share pertinent mission-impact stories and 'why' you feel this organization/mission is worthy. HINT: To 'win' the pot for your organization, find your passion around the Purpose! Articulate mission/Purpose w/passion!

4) Agree to select one organization, or to split the pot among multiple worthy organizations.

5) Make the donation a family gift and let the organization know how you came to be supporting them [share YOUR family story w/them!].

[Optional step 6) Make a greater difference next year, plan an account that everyone can throw a bit of excess $ in all year and see what greater impact you can make next year!]  

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