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Communities Building Their Own Economies

Low-income communities have the power to shape their economic future, but only if they have access to tools that educate and empower.

Guest Post: Is Maximizing Returns the Right Approach for Foundation Endowments?

Note: As I mentioned earlier, I am taking a few weeks away from the blog to relax and reconnect with the world outside of social change. But I am leaving you in the incredibly capable hands of a rockstar set of guest bloggers. Next up...Show More Summary

What I learned from the @Fitbit Community Manager at #octribe about Walking Communities

Earlier this week, I was honored to present at the #octribe (online community tribe) meet up “Walking Communities: Fit Fanatics Online and Off” with Allison Leahy from Fitbit who manages fitbit online communities.    The #octribe meetup...Show More Summary

3 Good People, 3 Good Causes, 3 Perfect Matches

A senior trying yoga for the first time. A bobcat that can’t go back into the wild being cared for. A brother and sister strengthening their English skills after school.  These vastly different activities have one thing in common. They’re … Continue reading ?

Peer Pressure for Good

After I read this article in Chronicle of Philanthropy and this one in the Huffington Post, I couldn’t get this song out of my head. “Under pressure…” Queen’s lyrics aren’t really describing the type of pressure featured in either of...Show More Summary

Recurring Giving Challenge Lessons Learned: Storytelling Wins

A great story puts your kid to bed at night and makes you watch that next episode as you confirm, bleary-eyed, with Netflix that, yes, you are indeed still watching. Stories are what connect us to other people and, most important, motivate us to act. Show More Summary

Session Recap: Tech Platforms for Volunteering

“How many of you work for nonprofits?” Joel Bashevkin, Executive Director of Taproot Foundation, posed this question to a packed room in downtown San Francisco last week. As might be expected at an event for the group San Francisco Tech4Good, a … Continue reading ?

What I Learned From @Sree Sreenivasan Chief Digital Officer of @MetMuseum

I just spent two days in Miami at the Knight Foundation Media Learning Seminar where I co-facilitator a pre-conference workshop on leading on social channels with Amy Gahran and Stephanie Rudat.   But I also got an opportunity to finally hear the keynote speaker, Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer of the @MetMuseum in person.  … Read More

Back to the Future of Philanthropy

I received a kind email from Erik Anderson, of the Donor Dreams Blog, suggesting I take on the subject of The Future of Philanthropy for this month's nonprofit blog carnival. Easy peasy, right? Well maybe not.In Erik's call for Future Philanthropy blogs he links to a TED Talk from 2007: Katherine Fulton on You are the future of philanthropy. Show More Summary

A Match Made in St. Louis: Fighting Hunger One Voice at a Time

By Kori Reed, Vice President, Cause and Foundation, at ConAgra Foods. I am a child of the 80s whose mom played Barry Manilow’s albums throughout my formative years. So, what does this have to do with Volunteer Month? Rajan Taylor, … Continue reading ?

Be Happy. No Water!

What a difference a day or two makes. On Friday, I was greeted by several sources pointing out that it was World Happiness Day. And who other than the troubador of happiness Pharrell Williams was addressing the United Nations on the subject. There are a variety of ‘world happiness’ measures floating around. If you want […]

What If Your Fitbit Could Also Track Your Environmental Footprint?

Here is pic of super cool blue band @fitbit that CEO @parkjames wears. Not commercially available #atlantichealth — Steve Clemons (@SCClemons) March 18, 2015 Yesterday, I participated in two seemingly unrelated events that generated that question. Show More Summary

The Greatest Story Ever Told

How many times have you heard that effective fundraising — moving people in general, making a durable impression — revolves around storytelling. Tapping into the hardwiring in the lizard part of our brain. Dates back to communicating in the cave. And all that. Here, perhaps, is the best ever example of the power of storytelling. If […]

Envisioning a Climate for Change

Before critiquing art that speaks to climate change, the scientific community must broaden its view on what art is and how it can help the movement.

Coherence, choreography, and change at the Ford Foundation: Work in Progress

Coherence, choreography, and change at the Ford Foundation: Work in Progress March 17, 2015 Organizations need change periodically, and most of them think they’ve found the perfect one. The Ford Foundation isn’t so sure, but it’s open...Show More Summary

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