Member of a Board of Directors. It's on my bucket list. I have served on Boards for non-profits in the past and appreciate having had that opportunity. But not being on a Board now, well, I'm getting itchy. I want to return to the table. I want to confer with other experienced, intelligent and witty professionals. I want to participate on committees and reach consensus on critical issues. I want to make motions that influence an organization and the people it serves.
FUNdraising Good Times: Hidden fundraising challenges – Part one
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:46
Mel and Pearl Shaw
You can't see what you can't see. There may be some challenges facing your nonprofit that you're not be aware of. They are insidious and sometimes deadly. Taking a close look at "what's really going on" may refocus your energy and resources, and rescue your fundraising.
FUNdraising Good Times: Two quotes to inform your leadership
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:24
Mel and Pearl Shaw
This week we heard two expressions we are compelled to share with you, our readers. They are "The Fooling Yourself Theory" and "Don't mistake my kindness for weakness." Both can be applied to fundraising throughout the year, and especially in the last quarter. They were shared by women from different parts of the country both of whom are very experienced with fundraising, board service, and nonprofit management. One is a nonprofit executive, the other heads a private business. Here are the details.
Boomerang: Job search tips for boomers who want to keep working
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:19
Suzan asks, "As a member of the older set of job seekers, I'm striving to look younger but the more important positions I have held were back in the 90's. Is it important to list that experience or should I just cut back to my last 4 jobs?"
FUNdraising Good Times: Five alternative ways to give back
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:53
Mel and Pearl Shaw
The giving season is upon us. For many nonprofits, hospitals, schools, and colleges the next three months are all about fundraising. You will no doubt see an increase in direct mail and e-mail solicitations, Facebook campaigns, bill boards, print and TV commercials and personal asks made by of you by friends, family members and associates. Some of us have the ability to be most generous. For most, giving is more constrained, focused on a few organizations we believe in. Here's something to think about: extend your gift by giving more than money. Consider these five ideas:
My friend Kathy sent out an email to software engineers, programmers and other technical types about a technology that doesn't really work, but everyone kind of puts up with it, developing workarounds and occasionally swearing under their breath. She asked, "Why can't we do better?" and added, "Opportunity can be found in areas where everyone else has just shrugged their shoulders and said, Oh well, that's just the way it is."
What do pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong and disaster responders in the Caribbean have in common?¨
Monday, 13 October 2014 10:21
Amilcar Maceo Priestley
Since protests erupted a few weeks ago in Hong Kong we've seen reports that protesters advocating for greater input in upcoming elections, have begun using a new mobile app called Firechat. Launched in March 2014, Firechat allows users to communicate with each other both and offline. We recently had occasion to discuss potential for use of Firechat in the circum-Caribbean in a workshop we conducted entitled ¨Off The Grid: Community Based Approaches to Disaster Response and Preparedness using Technology¨. The workshop was part of the Caribbean Youth Exchange for Climate Resilience held on September 19 at City College-City University of New York.