FUNdraising Good Times: Five alternative ways to give back
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:53
Mel and Pearl Shaw
The giving season is upon us. For many nonprofits, hospitals, schools, and colleges the next three months are all about fundraising. You will no doubt see an increase in direct mail and e-mail solicitations, Facebook campaigns, bill boards, print and TV commercials and personal asks made by of you by friends, family members and associates. Some of us have the ability to be most generous. For most, giving is more constrained, focused on a few organizations we believe in. Here's something to think about: extend your gift by giving more than money. Consider these five ideas:
My friend Kathy sent out an email to software engineers, programmers and other technical types about a technology that doesn't really work, but everyone kind of puts up with it, developing workarounds and occasionally swearing under their breath. She asked, "Why can't we do better?" and added, "Opportunity can be found in areas where everyone else has just shrugged their shoulders and said, Oh well, that's just the way it is."
What do pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong and disaster responders in the Caribbean have in common?¨
Monday, 13 October 2014 10:21
Amilcar Maceo Priestley
Since protests erupted a few weeks ago in Hong Kong we've seen reports that protesters advocating for greater input in upcoming elections, have begun using a new mobile app called Firechat. Launched in March 2014, Firechat allows users to communicate with each other both and offline. We recently had occasion to discuss potential for use of Firechat in the circum-Caribbean in a workshop we conducted entitled ¨Off The Grid: Community Based Approaches to Disaster Response and Preparedness using Technology¨. The workshop was part of the Caribbean Youth Exchange for Climate Resilience held on September 19 at City College-City University of New York.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 21:40
Herb Boyd, Special to the NNPA
NEW YORK (NNPA) – His voice arrived first, deep and sonorous, prefiguring a man of enormous life and vitality, and such was the often imposing but impressive visage and physique of Geoffrey Holder, who many remember mostly from his promotion of Seven-Up "Uncola" commercials. But the multitalented Holder was much more than a pitchman. This artist with almost magical gifts died Sunday, Oct. 5 at this home in New York City. He was 84.
When you're at your favorite coffee shop waiting for your drink to cool, the first thing you might do is open up your laptop and search for a Wi-Fi connection. Though it is a convenience, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) seeks to remind the public about the potential dangers of using public Wi-Fi networks.
FUNdraising Good Times: Leadership and fundraising
Monday, 06 October 2014 11:50
Mel and Pearl Shaw
"...the true leader can be recognized because somehow or other his people consistently turn in superior performances.... A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others. Success without a successor is failure." This quote from Robert Townsend was used by Jeanette OBryant, Development Coordinator at the National Civil Rights Museum as she introduced her boss, outgoing museum president Beverly Robertson.
Succeeding in a sales career: What big billers do differently
Monday, 06 October 2014 10:29
Succeeding in sales is as easy as falling off a log. If the log is located in the lobby of your best prospect and if falling off of it gets you the attention you need to make a sale. Successful salespeople make it look easy; the truth is, the most successful salespeople work really, really hard to get there. And the best of the best work smart, as well. Big Billers know that making a sale isn't about sales at all; it's about knowing what your customer needs and providing the appropriate solution when it's needed.