Fundraising Good Times: Development Director Turnover: Are fundraising fables getting in your way?
Monday, 28 July 2014 15:24
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Why is it so hard to retain fund development professionals? That's the polite version of the question that has executive directors pulling their hair out, and nonprofit board members wondering "what's going on?"
Do you think I am friendly? Am I approachable? These and similar questions has been asked of me by men and women alike. In most cases, I am thinking, "If you have to ask the question, you may already have your answer." But in some cases, it may be that the person is in the dark of why people don't approach them or think they are friendly. Because the propensity for others to approach us can impact our relationships and employability, it is necessary that I address the subject, cause, and effect of being friendly.
Motivational Moments: Courage and faith go hand in hand
Monday, 21 July 2014 16:34
This week I had the opportunity to speak with a group of individuals about courage. I started with the question: "What is courage?" I was amazed with some of the answers they gave. Most of these individuals spoke of courage being when they found the strength to accomplish the goals that they set. I see courage in the same way. Courage is finding the ability to do something that frightens you. It is also finding the strength within yourself to believe you can complete anything you start.
Motivational Moments: The power of staying positive
Monday, 14 July 2014 16:40
There is power in positive thinking! I have heard this time and time again. In the past, I have also had to train my thoughts to be more positive. I can remember going through some very tough times and everything around me being negative. I also remember how I had to think positive even though my surroundings made it hard for me to believe that there was anything good around the corner.
On Saturday July 19, 2014, the Rondo Avenue celebration will be held. This year's theme is "Recognizing the Past, Honouring the Present, and Soaring into the Future." This theme reflects on our collective experiences as a people. Every day, we experience events that would break the spirit of ordinary people, but as a resilient people, we have managed to find the silver lining. Time and time again we have found positive responses to adversity. The annual Rondo Days celebration is a testament of our resilience. Here is a little history of the Rondo Days celebration.
As we move closer to celebrating this year's Declaration of Independence and enjoying family and friends on the 4th of July, you should also take some time and reflect on your own declaration of interdependence. We are all born into this world with a dependency on others. As new born babes, we need someone to feed and nurture us. Without this care, we could only live for a few days at most. Moving from dependence to interdependence takes time, growth, and development. As we move through the maturity continuum, we all progress through several stages. The three major stages of maturity are dependence, independence, and interdependence, with the highest stage being interdependence.
FOOD: Men: Don't just grill, learn your way around the kitchen too
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 16:11
(StatePoint) All too often, men stay out of the kitchen, relegating their food preparation to the outdoors. But even master grillers know that eating well means being versed in more than just barbecue.