#Nonprofit Video – Mercy for Animals

Inspirational video for you!

Continue Reading February 25, 2015 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

Nonprofit with Balls

Fellow nonprofiteers and fundraisers, I am forever grateful to Clay Buck, CFRE for introducing me to Vu and his blog Nonprofit with Balls. IMHO, Vu Le is the future of our profession.

Continue Reading February 23, 2015 at 11:08 am 2 comments

Status Quo – Yes or No?

Have  you noticed a change in status quo or lack of change in the past five to ten years? As a bucker of the quo – I am all for change. Lately some seems to be shifting and changing fast and others not at all.

Thumbs downThe Oscars - an interesting conversation on NPR about the lack of diversity in Oscar nominations. Wesley Morris, who writes for the online magazine Grantland notes,

The Academy seems very comfortable nominating people of color who fall into a very familiar relationship to white people in movies. So I’m talking about playing slaves. I’m talking about playing housekeepers and maids and butlers and chauffeurs or famous entertainers.I would say that there is a kind of comfort with what people call a white savior narrative, where the point of view of something like the civil rights movement, the point of view belongs to a white actor. The agent of the change is white.

tiffanyGay Marriage – from “not in my city/state/place of worship” to the Supreme Court reviewing all bans and legislation. HRC has been working on this for decades – in the past year more positive change has taken place than in the last nine years. Even better – gay couples are finding it easier to adopt – See my friend Brian Rosenberg’s work on Gays with Kids. And television has come around to include gay couples, marriage and include gays with kids.

Communication - Faster, easier, better (?). Depends on who and what you are communicating. Personally, I do find it easier – stay in touch with friends who are no longer nearby. The ability to share information is also better – IMHO.

chris kyleWar - I just saw American Sniper and highly recommend it. I grew up during Vietnam and as a history major remember reading about how the US had to learn to fight differently. Again our military had to go to war differently in Iraq. Chris Kyle (THE sniper) was a part of that shift and he saved lives. Have you noticed the change in how we talk foreign policy from a decade ago?



January 20, 2015 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

MLK Holiday & Selma

I wrote this post in 2011…

SelmaIf you haven’t seen Selma – go – take your children, their entire class any generation behind you. As I wrote in 2011 and Ava Duvernay learned through Selma – many younger viewers still don’t know the history of the civil rights movement or what MLK (the initials!) stood for. I don’t know what they’re learning in history any more!

Dr. King’s non-violence forced others to show their true selves. He asked them to treat people equally, lawfully and enforce the laws nationwide. Because he stood firm in his belief in non-violence and that which he believed, he made change. He created the first and some of the largest protest marches that have stood as an example of how others make change today for other movements – anti-war, Occupy, immigration, schools.

I consider myself well read and as a political science and history major decades ago-I thought well informed of American history. The Selma story went much deeper than any history book I ever read. I knew of the violence – but reading about it is different than seeing it. And the back room conversations with political leaders (whether you agree with the movie portrayal of LBJ or not) isn’t far off – otherwise why would it take so long for the voting rights act? The Johnson administration was FORCED to make voting rights a priority – they didn’t want to or have to until pushed.

When I was five years old living in Shaker Heights Ohio, I don’t remember any of this. But I remember reading about it – more in university than high school. I should have spent more time looking at newspaper microfiche than reading books – and I know better as a history major – primary source is always better.

Supposedly we study history so as not to repeat it – I am sorry to say this is not always true, but this should not stop us from remembering our past to improve our future and make better choices.


January 19, 2015 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

Grilled Cheese Donuts – Oh Bite It Blog

Amazeballs, er donuts come grilled cheese!

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How to: Chocolate Chip Cookies

You like soft and chewy. He likes thin and crispy. If only there were a way to bake chocolate chip cookies to please everyone. There is! And, no, it’s not Martha Stewart’s way. It’s science.

Continue Reading November 12, 2014 at 8:44 am 2 comments

High Net Worth Philanthropy Report 2014

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and U.S. Trust, Bank of America just released the 2014 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy report.

Continue Reading October 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

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