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23 February 2012

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Would you like to learn how to grade your boss? Here’s your checklist

Are you a nonprofit employee? Do you want a clear system to figure out if your nonprofit boss is doing right by your organization […]

6 February 2012

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 February 6, 2012
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You Deserve A Voice. Voting With Your Dollars is Not Enough

Consumed by Benjamin Barber

“Branded lifestyles are not merely superficial veneers but have become substitute identities, forms of acquired character that have the potential to go all the way to the core.”

18 January 2012

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Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante? Should the Pope Be Catholic?

Recently, a New York Times editor Arthur Brisbane wrote,

“I’m looking for reader input on whether and when New York Times news reporters should challenge “facts” that are asserted by newsmakers they write about.”

Dear Mr. Brisbane,

“I’m looking for reader input on whether you have lost your balls and where they might be found, if so.”

17 January 2012

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Your Nonprofit is in Trouble. How? Read on.

Yesterday I wrote about inequality being the thing that holds nonprofits back. how we need better wages for every not for profit worker. And […]

16 January 2012

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This is not a pity party. You understand?

Wow, hello hate mail! Because of my posts about being a nonprofit wage slave, and being unable to make rent on a nonprofit “salary”, […]

11 January 2012

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Do you want to sit on a nonprofit board?

If yes, then click on through to BoardNet. http://www.boardnetusa.org/public/home.asp If you need a little more WHY: Why would you want to sit on a […]

3 January 2012

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15 December 2011

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Who will listen to the dead?

Today’s post is for every person reading this blog who is working to help the dead be heard. Whether you’re working at a domestic […]

8 December 2011

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9 November 2011

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Have you ever bought an auction “vacation package”?

Then Guy Debord has something to say to you.

“In its most advanced sectors, a highly concentrated capitalism has begun selling “fully equipped” blocks of time, each of which is a complete commodity combining a variety of other commodities. This is the logic behind the appearance, within an expanding economy of “services” and leisure activities, of the “all-inclusive” purchase of spectacular forms of housing, of collective pseudo-travel, of participation in cultural consumption and even of sociability itself, in the form of “exciting conversations.” “meetings with celebrities” and suchlike. Spectacular commodities of this type could obviously not exist were it not for the increasing impoverishment of the realities they parody. And, not surprisingly, they are also paradigmatic of modern sales techniques in that they may be bought on credit.”

So, have you ever been to Disney world? Have you been to a Disney “timeshare”? Me TOO.

It was a completely artificial experience. It made me want to seek out nature, and the dark, and something more real.

If you have been similarly dissatisfied with Disney and its sanitized backward-looking version of life, perhaps you might enjoy this video.

26 October 2011

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Dear Reader… Can I make a confession to you?

Confessional

OK, Radical honesty time!

I’m not a catholic, but here’s my confession….

24 October 2011

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Have you ever had Grantus Interruptus?

Have you ever had a funder pull out of a sponsorship or grantmaking deal because of your association with a revolutionary movement or because of something a person at your nonprofit said about them?

Do YOU find it horrifying that an AmeriCorps VISTA might make $16,000 per year, or just minimum wage, while the CEO of Goldman Sachs makes $16,000 per HOUR?

Did you hear Goldman pulled out of a fundraiser after learning it honored Occupy Wall Street?

Apparently, the revolution will NOT be funded.

24 August 2011

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9 August 2011

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How do you create a media empire for your nonprofit?

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Tell me a story of a nonprofit social worker that brought you to tears from mainstream media.

29 July 2011

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9 Ways that Charities Get Grey-Sky Thinking

So Blue-Sky thinking is being overly optimistic. Grey sky thinking is rather less so. Nonprofits seem to sit on their own hands rather than […]

21 July 2011

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Do you have a “super job”?

Mother Jones Cover, More Work, No Pay

“Don’t spend one minute “paying your dues” or “proving” yourself to an employer. This is a scam. You are either paid fairly—by your own standards, not theirs—from day one or you never will be. The moment you stop enjoying your job, quit—because they certainly won’t hesitate to fire you on a whim. There is no such thing as “loyalty.” Don’t waste your youth “building your resume.” Go have fun and let life develop as it may. Working for a living simply does not pay—and to exert any effort whatsoever above and beyond what you are being compensated for is to be complicit in your own exploitation.”
-Heather: Adjunct college professor, Illinois, from Mother Jones magazine, July, 2011

30 May 2011

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26 April 2011

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Can I get a hell yes? Thank you RE:Philanthropy & Dan Pallotta!

RE:Philanthropy wrote this review of Dan Pallotta’s talk to the council on philanthropy, and I just want to shout, “FRABJOUS DAY!” So tell me, […]

21 April 2011

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Reader Questions: How can I get funding for a think tank?

I recently got an email from a reader asking me how I would fundraise for a think tank in a country that does not […]