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Guy Raz – Best Interviews Ever


I’ll admit my addiction to podcasts but this Guy Raz dude – I can’t get enough of his NPR Ted Radio Hour and How I Built This. I highly recommend both. What are you listening to?

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The Art of the Campaign (Fundraising)


Persevere fundraising colleagues, these moments (large and small) are worth years of learning, doing, success and failure. Worth every moment. Every time.

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Macarons – It’s a Zen Thing


So my friend Maria wanted to learn to make macarons – like me she had tried on and off. Honestly, it takes one good macaron class, the right recipe and learn one teach one and off you go to success. Like many French recipes, the macaron is few ingredients and lots of technique. Hints to my success in no particular order:

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Home


As a reformed road warrior and now Australia based traveler, what I know for sure is…home is wherever you happen to be. Having recently returned from my first trip back to the US since leaving in January 2016 – home is wherever your heart and people are.

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Hello USA


You know they say you can never go home again? Well that is true and false depending on how to define “home”.

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#Fundraising Best of the Best #AFPFC


In this post – an overview of what I thought (IMHO) were the best of the best sessions at the Association of Fundraising International Conference. My selections were based on presenter, content and information I can use. For handouts links are provided in the post.

Continue Reading 15/05/2017 at 10:04 Leave a comment

Jack Ma – The Alibaba of Philanthropy


I do believe in serendipity. I am about halfway through a biography of Jack Ma called Alibaba. As a philanthropic advisor and now living in the Asia Pacific – I have been curious about him and his work for some time.

The Jack Ma Foundation just made a $AUD26m gift to University of Newcastle. While in Australia he also opened Alibaba offices in Melbourne. 

Ken Morley and Jack Ma

His gift is the ultimate in philanthropic giving. Jack Ma’s story is so worth reading, too long for here but the article link shares a good bit of his story.  This gift establishes The Ma and Morley Scholarship program.  When it reaches full capacity will support 90 students annually who are from financially disadvantaged backgrounds and this who are tindigenous scholars. The scholarships are merit based and emphasize global and social awareness. Scholarships will range from one-off opportunities to living expenses of up to $AUD15,000 per year for the duration of a degree. All of this is significant in terms of scholarship assistance and providing enough scholarship support to truly impact a students university experience – including “comprenhensive engagement and enrichment opportunities”. The program will build global friendships and would not just be smart people, but as Jack said, “ambassadors for responsibility, courage and wisdom.” 

This gift is a classic story of fundraising cultivation, engagement, remembrance and giving. In his words,

“The scholarship will honour the special relationship I formed with the Morley family. I am very thankful for Australia and the time I spent there in my youth. The culture, the landscape and, most importantly, its people had a profound impact on my view of the world at that time.”

After meeting the Morley family in 1980 on their trip to Hangzhou and helping them on subsequent trips back – a

David Morley and Jack Ma

friendship formed and went beyond to mentorship. Ken Morley, who died in 2004, helped Jack learn English and provided support for his university education. He was Jack’s “Australian Dad”.

This gift places Jack Ma in the upper echelon of philanthropy in Australia. The scholarship is large enough to impact individual students and generous to support many students. The impact of the scholarship will be felt for many generations. And it was given  in the true spirit of philanthropy – to help others and remember a special time, place and people who had a tremendous impact on Jack’s life. 

Before he left Newcastle to open the Alibaba offices in Melbourne, he thought about how else he might remember his time with the Morleys, Newcastle and Australia. 

“Twenty-six million Australian dollars, it’s big. I think I should do more in the future.”

Spoken like a true philanthropist investor – looking toward the future.

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