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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”.

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

#Gratitude Circa 2017

2017 is starting off with a bang. December 22 I started a vacation that took me to Bangkok cooking classes, resting at the beach in Hua Hun, New Year’s Eve overlooking Antarctica and a foodie and museum tour of Singapore. I am grateful to Wendy Ong and Sanjeev Jayasinghe – fellow fundraisers and CASE Institute alumni – who moved part of my Thailand experience to the beach and for hosting me. I am grateful to be able to take a travel vacation. I’ve got a great life that has led exactly to where I should be in 2017.

Gratitude will be my theme. Enough with the “first world problem” complaints. Wendy and I talked about a Campaign of Attitudes at work and home. Our positive attitudes will shine on our colleagues and be reflected back. We have chosen not to go down the negative path or be drawn into challenges without solutions – immediate and thoughtfully. We’re calling it a Campaign of Attitudes and we will be leading by example. 

Then on day one of 2017 Chris Brogan and Seth Godin posts appeared in my inbox at the same time. Their posts always show up when I need them most. Their timing is impeccable and I’m grateful for that.

Seth talked about choice – 

Attitude is the most important choice any of us make.

  Chris reprises his “My 3 Words” exercise. 

Choose 3 words we can use to guide us forward to more success in the coming year.

I am grateful for the simplicity and ease of their suggestions and counsel. Less complication is good. 

I am working on my 3 words and attitude. If I feel my choices and attitude can inspire or assist you, I’ll share them here and on my social media accounts. 

For now I’d like to say thank you for reading and sharing my posts and wish you all you want in 2017 – knowing you can make it so if you choose. 

January 4, 2017 at 9:27 am Leave a comment

Talking with Titans

Future plan no more than 6-12 months – focus on values clarification. Allows for more flexibility with opportunities, experimentation and see what doors open and people come my way.

Continue Reading December 12, 2016 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

Survivorship | Susan Sink

“What we have to fight, the chaos of nature, per Gonzales, is this: our brains. Our ability to manage our impulses and also to be present mentally to find solutions even if they mean ignoring previous training.”

Continue Reading December 9, 2016 at 6:54 am Leave a comment

Veritus Group – How to Keep Fundraisers

Clear boundaries and expectations.
Clear and coherent job descriptions.
Evaluation, weekly meetings, structure.

Continue Reading December 8, 2016 at 3:35 am Leave a comment

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