Can Hibernation Teach Us Something About Management and Planning?
Can hibernation teach us something about nonprofit management and planning? Winter is coming in the northern hemisphere and on solstice, December 21. Here on the 50th parallel my office clock went back to "normal time"
Keeping It Together–Organizing for Grant Success
Keeping it Together A Happy New Year to you. January 1, was the first splash into 2018 waters. Now, marking the new lunar year with Chinese New Year festivities will follow. One more revolution around
Our Crowdfunding Roots
People around the globe care about families, friends, and communities, and think about sharing and redistributing food and wealth. Yes, there are exceptions, but the desire to help and create a social balance seems
Give, Exchange,Prosper-National Philanthropy Day November 15
Since National Philanthropy Day is on Wednesday November 15, it's a good time to talk about "matching funds" a term used in the funding world for the pieces of the money puzzle that fit together
Three Mighty Words: Keep Moving Ahead
A big shout out to the woman, now in her tenth decade, I met recently in Victoria BC. We were sitting on wooden chairs outside a downtown coffee shop waiting for the Island shuttle that
Why Crowdfunding Is a Double Win for Nonprofits
Do you work with a nonprofit organization? Have you thought about crowdfunding for special projects? Does the time you would put into learning about it or building the board’s confidence in it seem too time-consuming?
Weekend Musings, Giant Sequoia’s and Author Jon Mooallem’s Perspective
In my weekend musings about cultural and natural history in general, Author, Jon Mooallem, gets some human perspective from giant sequoias on a wintry visit to California's Sequoia National Park in a New York Times article, In
Successful Funding Begins With Your Idea
You Have an Idea-- Congratulations! If you have an idea about a project you’d like to see happen in your community, congratulations. You, as an originator, have taken the first step in initiating progress in
Well Rounded Discussion About Philanthropy in Hawai`i
If you'd like to learn more about the history of philanthropy in Hawai'i, about who gives--and how people give, Moderator, Daryl Huff of Hawaii News Now asks questions of three people well versed in the
Get Your Motors Running–Grants for Education
Will Durant, writer, historian and Pulitzer Prize winner once said that, “education is the transmission of civilization". Undoubtedly, Durant was talking about the transmission of information empowering society. For me, the phrase applies just as
Take Your Funder on a Journey
Recently, I was asked to collaborate on an application which involved an island in BC's Salish Sea. Remarkably beautiful and remote, this small island is a jewel in a chain of islands, the Gulf Islands,
Community Bonds–Making it Happen for Nonprofits
One of the societies I work with has been around for over 50 years. While combing through archival fundraising information on the organization, I found a record of the board of directors selling bonds in