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#WordsOfWisdomWednesday: Our Responsibility

“We are responsible for the world in which we find ourselves, if only because we are the only sentient force which can change it.” – James Baldwin       Photo credit: ©  Basheer Tome  Used under a Creative Commons … more

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Telling the Truth

“The task of calling things by their true names, of telling the truth to the best of our abilities, of knowing how we got here, of listening particularly to those who have been silenced in the past, of seeing how … more

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Say Goodbye to Business as Usual

“It is our duty to take reasonable risk in pursuit of the systemic change we seek.” That was the message delivered at the National Capital Philanthropy Day luncheon in Washington, DC this week by the 2017 Philanthropist of the Year, … more

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Big Bets Philanthropy and Social Change

It was just an ordinary day with lots of things on my to do list, until the email from The Bridgespan Group landed in my inbox with a TedX talk by Bridgespan partner William Foster. In just 15 minutes, I … more

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You Say You Want a Revolution?

We all want to change the world (as John Lennon sang), but those of us working in nonprofit fundraising actually are changing the world. The problem is we don’t always remember that. Instead we get caught up in meetings, copy … more

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Two Key Takeaways from the Ice Bucket Challenge

If someone said you could raise $220 million dollars in about a month’s time without asking for a single penny, would you believe them? Well that’s exactly what happened for the ALS Association during the the Ice Bucket Challenge last … more

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At Bridge: Talk Back to Dan Pallotta

A highlight of last week’s bridge conference for me was the “Talk Back to Dan Pallotta” session with John Thomas and Rob Sheehan. They lead a group of senior fundraisers in a robust discussion on the inspiring Ted talk given … more

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Low Overhead Results Won’t Change the World

As someone who has worked in nonprofit fundraising for over 25 years, I have strong feelings about a few things.  And nothing gets my blood boiling more than when the media and other ‘watchdogs’ criticize nonprofit organizations for overhead costs, … more

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Our Hearts are Broken

Forgive me, but I have to get on my soapbox this week.  Like many of you, I spent much of the past few days thinking about the children and families in Connecticut whose lives will never be the same.  Our … more

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To Work for Something Because it is Good

“Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, … more

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