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Essentials, Nonessentials, and Junk | The Minimalists

I think we go through stages as we travel through life. My current stage is purge…..I want to lighten up, clear out and live with less stuff, junk, whatever you want to call it. I do this every couple of years and my closet every six months.

Thanks to friends for suggesting The Minimalists among others. Everyone needs to find their own path, feel free to share yours. The source for this post is The Minimalists latest post Essentials, Nonessentials, and Junk | The Minimalists

Continue Reading June 13, 2018 at 4:06 am 1 comment

What does hockey have to do with Fundraising? | Annual Fund Lab

Thanks Clay Buck for the post and allowing me to share it.
The Las Vegas Golden Knights have just lost the Stanley Cup to the Washington Capitals. To say this was an incredible, community-changing season is an understatement. To say that the Las Vegas community is different today than it was a week, a month, a year ago doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling most of us have.

Why, though? And what does a winning season of hockey – played in the desert where it hit 104 degrees today, mind you – have to do with Fundraising?

Continue Reading June 11, 2018 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

Secret Lives of Leaders by Kishshana

Kishshana Palmer is a breath of fresh air in the midst of what has been done for a long time. She is creating and leading conversations we need to have as people and professionals. This post spoke to me and I asked if I could share it. Of course Kishshana said yes because besides this blog post, she usually, mostly comes from a place of YES! 

Continue Reading June 7, 2018 at 7:16 am Leave a comment

Nonprofit Branding – Focus on the Donor

Have you read the February Harvard Business Review article, “The Most Successful Brands Focus on Users not Buyers”?

“Where traditional brands focus on positioning their brands in the minds of their customers, digital brands focus on positioning their brands in the lives of their customers. Furthermore, they engage customers more as users than as buyers, shifting their investments from pre-purchase promotion and sales to post-purchase renewal and advocacy.”

Continue Reading May 30, 2018 at 10:22 am 1 comment

Since January 20 2017

Karma can bite you back. May I suggest Calm in the City – a worldwide effort to bring peace back as part of UN International Peace Day – 21 September wherever you are. 

Let me recap since January 20:

Continue Reading September 12, 2017 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

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?

Continue Reading May 25, 2017 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

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:

Continue Reading May 22, 2017 at 10:18 am Leave a comment

Hello USA

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

Continue Reading May 17, 2017 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

#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 May 15, 2017 at 10:04 am 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.

February 9, 2017 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

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