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Top 5 posts of 2012

December 23, 2012


As the year draws to a close, I reflect on what worked (and what didn’t) on my blog. Your clicks made these posts my top five for 2012: 8 tell-tale signs of a grantwriting rookie – New to grantwriting? Are you sending signals that you are a newbie? Behind the foundation curtain – About my […]

Wait-and-See Wednesday

November 28, 2012


Did you participate in Giving Tuesday? A coalition of nonprofits launched the campaign to encourage giving back. It follows Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, (no-name Sunday) and Cyber Monday. My first reaction to Giving Tuesday was applause. I like the idea of an official start to the giving season. After days of feasting […]

Why volunteers love Feed My Starving Children

November 15, 2012


The night before our family volunteered at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), my eight-year-old daughter couldn’t sleep. She couldn’t wait to go. During our entire two-hour shift, she bounced with excitement. She’s not alone. I’ve been there with groups from work, church and the neighborhood. No matter how old they are or how many times […]

4 grantwriting taboos

November 1, 2012


Even philanthropy has a dark side. Certain topics feel too risky to discuss, like these 4: 1) The relationship is inherently unequal. There are many similarities between grantwriters and funders. But those of us in the industry know it’s not exactly equal. When I left a nonprofit and started working for a foundation, I noticed […]

Aurora University creates first STEM Partnership School

August 21, 2012


A partnership school breaks the mold of traditional education. It’s not a public, charter or private school. So new and different, the State of Illinois passed legislation to create it. In the fall of 2014, Aurora University will welcome elementary students to the first STEM Partnership School in the U.S. What’s unique about it? STEM […]

4 kid-friendly volunteer projects

July 27, 2012


Ever search for a volunteer opportunity for a kid, age 10 and under? It’s not easy. But it’s oh-so-important for tomorrow’s nonprofiteers. Common suggestions for kids include visiting a senior living home or cleaning up a local park. Worthy endeavors. But if Little Johnny is afraid of old people or he won’t pick up his own toys […]

Get the most out of Groupthink

February 1, 2012


Common wisdom suggests teamwork is the best way to solve problems and generate new ideas. But anyone who’s served on a committee knows that some groups are more successful than others. Jonah Lehrer takes a closer look at “Groupthink” in his recent article in The New Yorker. He summarizes excellent scientific research on the subject. […]