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 take a risk with anything having to do with spending money. How do Charities engage in grey-sky thinking? Let me count the ways. 1. We’ve never had any money, and we… [Keep Reading]
“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
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, as a fundraiser, would you like a higher salary? Would you like grants to fund your salary so that you can keep this nonprofit afloat, instead of your org looking at… [Keep Reading]
I recently got an email from a reader asking me how I would fundraise for a think tank in a country that does not have the best history of democracy or political discourse. This is my response. —————————————————————– Thanks for writing! As far as I know, usually American think tanks are funded by a few… [Keep Reading]
Fun Fact: I used to live in Korea, and while I was there, I learned about the many flavors ice cream can be in foreign countries. Such as Durian. Red bean. Kimchi. Lychee. Such variety!
So have you ever seen a board member go from board straight to executive director of the same charity, without any previous nonprofit experience?
As ice cream flavors go, I think that’s probably kimchi rat surprise.
So thought-terminating clichés, what are they? Coined in a book called “Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism,” a book written in 1956 about brainwashing in China, A thought-terminating cliché is a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, used to quell cognitive dissonance. Though the phrase in and of itself may be valid… [Keep Reading]
So, quite often, I get emails like the one below, from kids wet behind the ears, just following orders, trying to get the word out about their event/product/company and wanting me to blog/tweet/endorse the product in some fashion. For free. Yes. For free. Why would I do that? Anyway, I finally decided that since I… [Keep Reading]
Tell them how you celebrate successes in your organization.
Tell them how you resolve conflict.
Tell them how you help people keep learning, and talk about advancement opportunities in your organization.
Tell them how you supplement their salary with generous time off, flex-time, work-from-home options, full health benefits, and bonuses if they go over goal with an event, grant, or appeal.
Have you ever worked for a big corporation? Did you feel burned out on that lifestyle? What were some contributing factors, if so? Want me to take a guess? I just read a blog post by Pamela Slim from Escape from Cubicle Nation, “An open letter to CXOs all over the world”. Here are the… [Keep Reading]
I believe that we need to end rape and gender-based violence in the Congo.
Lately I’ve been reading “Half the Sky” and realizing something needs to be addressed.