Work Wonders by Redefining the Word “Fundraising” for Your Board

fundraisingBoard members equate fundraising with asking. So redefine the term for them, so they can see that it involves much more, and that they can support your organization’s fundraising in ways that don’t involve asking.

Brief, excellent article by Andy Robinson.

Source: Work Wonders by Redefining the Word “Fundraising” for Your Board


Is that all there is?

My wife spent some time last week cleaning out our garage. She identified a number of boxes of stuff that were “mine.” She asked me to look at them and decide what I still wanted to keep and what we could discard. I did.

Some of the stuff was books I’d saved from when I was an elementary schoolteacher and later an elementary school principal. Some of it came from jobs I had later, including memorabilia from my years at Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network and TICAL, at Santa Cruz County Office of Education. There were copies of articles I’d had published in various educational journals. There were copies of contracts with organizations as varied as SRI International and the Federal Communications Commission. All of it was from the past.

What do you do with stuff like this at 70 years of age? Unless you are so important or famous that the world might care—and someone, hopefully your heirs, might profit from having access to it—you dump it in the trash. Save your kids from having to deal with it when you’re gone. Not being important or famous, and not wanting anyone to have to deal with this stuff in my absence, that’s what I did. Into the dumpster it went.

That said, it was not much fun. It made me think of the song, “Is that all there is?” Forgive me if I break out the booze.


Why Don’t America’s Rich Give More to Charity? – The Atlantic

Found this article interesting. My wife and I serve on the boards of directors of several organizations and donate to each of them, as well as other causes. I’ve never calculated the percentage of our annual income that we donate, but I’ve wondered how it would compare to what wealthier people donate. I do know the amount we donate is enough that we itemize our deductions on our annual income tax return.

I’m also wondering about the effects of the recent big changes to the tax laws.  How will the nonprofit organizations I support fare?  Will the “rich” with their reduced income taxes choose to donate more to charities than they did before?

via Why Don’t Americas Rich Give More to Charity? – The Atlantic


overhouseJust learned a new term: over-housed.  From what I understand, it means someone who lives in a dwelling with an empty bedroom.  Given that definition, I think I am over-housed.  Are you?  Is that unoccupied bedroom always unoccupied?  Is it your kid’s room and he/she may return anytime? Do your relatives expect that it is there for them whenever they come to visit?

That said, the context in which I learned this term was a local television news story about HomeShareSLO, a local nonprofit organization with the mission to help change lives by connecting people and homes.  From the organization’s website:

We facilitate matches between home providers–people with an extra room–and home seekers–those looking for a home.  It is a way to meet the housing challenges faced by seniors and others.

While I’m not ready to bring a third person into our home, I think the concept is a great idea!