Have you ever been talking with a potential nonprofit client, only to have them not value your hard-won advice, based on your years of experience? Have you ever offered a lot of advice for free, only to not get the contract in the end? Have you really given your ALL to a client, only to… [Keep Reading]
Here are some of my favorite reads around the web this week. From the PND Blog: Did you major in the liberal arts? Here’s why PND thinks the liberal arts matter. From Allison Fine’s blog: Is cause fatigue even real? From Pamela Grow’s Grantwriting Blog: Why fundraising events may not be the best idea for… [Keep Reading]
Lately I’ve been pondering a couple of things. Like, Austin Independent School District has to lay off 1,500 teachers. And corporations like Amazon, BP, and other gas companies post record profits. To Quote Michael Moore, “America is not broke.” I think just getting sponsorships from these companies is not enough. I mean, they are just… [Keep Reading]
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]
I mean, come on! We have tech for-profits starting up every day, and no one says to them, “There are too many tech startups! Cut it out already, there’s not enough need!”
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]
Did you see Michael Moore’s speech? Transcript below. America Is NOT Broke by Michael Moore MichaelMoore.com March 5, 2011 America is not broke. Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you’ll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not… [Keep Reading]
In 2001, a friend of mine came out to me. He had never told anyone he was gay. He was 20. He didn’t know where any resources were, despite living near Provincetown and Boston his whole life. Since I didn’t know a lot about various LGBTQ organizations, I pointed him to the now sadly defunct Planet Out (which now redirects to Gay.com), where I thought he might be able to find more people in the community. Then we went to Jacques Cabaret, a piano bar, but we couldn’t get in because I forgot my ID.
A reader emailed me recently and asked me to please please blog about something that she sees a lot, namely, people not understanding why we have all of these LGBTQ organizations, and why they are different, why we need them.
Want social proof that your nonprofit should have an online presence? I submit this case study for your consideration. The Networked Nonprofit is a book by Allison Fine and Beth Kanter, which you should really go buy, okay? This story is from the Networked Nonprofit. “WildlifeDirect” a nonprofit based in Nairobi, Kenya, tried this approach… [Keep Reading]