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The World Doesn’t Need Another Nonprofit: For Those Who Miss ‘Connect the Dots’

I wish I could say I don’t miss Connect the Dots. I do. Some nights are filled with intense regret. Several people contact me each month with pleas to start the project again. Sometimes I’m surprised that people still remember it. Sometimes I yearn to have it back. Then I have to remind myself some of the main reasons I closed it in the first … Continue reading The World Doesn’t Need Another Nonprofit: For Those Who Miss ‘Connect the Dots’

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Take Care of Yourself! Blaming and Shaming People with Illnesses

My brother died in 2007. He had a very rare form of cancer. The time between figuring out what was wrong and his death was short – 6 months. And you know what happened most often when I told people about it during that six months? People blamed him. “Have you told him about The China Study? About how eating meat causes cancer?” No. No … Continue reading Take Care of Yourself! Blaming and Shaming People with Illnesses

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“Well what does your husband do?”: Class Expectations and Ignorance in Nonprofit Work Environments

Lately I feel like I’m in the business of saying things no one else will. It’s not that everyone doesn’t want to – some can’t. I know two particularly strong women leaders who lost their jobs for doing just that. So in an environment that punishes those who stand up for what’s right, no matter how taboo the topic, why would anyone take a chance? … Continue reading “Well what does your husband do?”: Class Expectations and Ignorance in Nonprofit Work Environments

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So you want to join a Board (or: Fiduciary Responsibility)

One of the most generous ways to give to a nonprofit is to serve on its Board of Directors. As a Board member, you provide essential leadership and oversight of the organization. At the right organization, your skills and expertise couldn’t be put to better use. While Boards can take different forms, most ask for a financial contribution of some sort – we often call … Continue reading So you want to join a Board (or: Fiduciary Responsibility)