Congratulations to Travel Oregon’s Rural Tourism Studio!

2 Mar

Inspiring videos and a big-time award for Travel Oregon’s Rural Tourism Studio program; so glad to be a part of this great initiative!


What’s your organization for?

6 Feb

On the shelf of my favorite books is one by rural advocate and poet Wendell Berry called “What are People for?” I love the direct, fundamental and not wholly answerable question, and we ought to be regularly asking the same of our organizations. “What are we for?”


Cheesy initiation rites have value for nonprofits

22 Jan

I’ve served on many Boards of Directors doing “serious work”, but the experience of joining a new Board has sometimes been less than welcoming. As a result, the organizations are less than effective in engaging new Board members. Being welcomed into a local nonprofit recently really opened my eyes to the value of formal welcoming ceremonies that “serious” groups may disregard as silly.


Agritourism initiative in Oregon

17 Jun

I’ve been working with Travel Oregon as well as a group of partners including Oregon State University Small Farms program to cultivate a better environment for agritourism here. This work renews my gratefulness to those who steward the environment, preserve open space and beautiful vistas, and work the soil to put healthy delicious food on my table!


Project Update: An Oregon Timber Town Reinventing Itself

2 May

How are the people in Oakridge, Oregon reinventing their community? Prepare to be inspired!


Recent Nonprofit Quarterly Articles: A Valentines Day Connection

14 Feb

“Bringing Sexy Back” is the theme of my most recent article for Nonprofit Quarterly. Yes, it relates to nonprofits,and yes, there’s more!


The privileges and responsibility of citizenship

31 Oct

The disconnect between being a citizen and acting like a citizen has troubling policy implications. That’s the message of a remarkable op-ed article today in The Oregonian by Sergio Cisneros, a young Latino college student.


Labor Day musings on change

2 Sep

Happy Labor Day weekend! This quiet weekend has me thinking about transitions—how we often know that they’re underway long before they’re official, and how such transitions pull us into a suspended state between wanting to appreciate what we have and wanting to move toward something new and less known.


Nonprofits as economic engines, mixing religion and politics, the “glee effect” and more: Recent NPQ contributions

30 Jun

In recent newswire articles for the Nonprofit Quarterly, I’ve covered a landmark study of Oregon’s nonprofits that documents the sector’s surprising economic impact, as well as the impact of the recession. The links below span a wide range of additional topics, including the wisdom of mixing religion and politics, corporate responsibility, and how arts education fosters civic engagement.


How the art of wire twisting can inform nonprofit strategy

30 Apr

My recent foray into jewelry making has yielded a surprising epiphany about rebuilding and strengthening nonprofits. As with the jewelry, this insight seemed obvious once I saw it, but it required both a shift in my view of the challenge and a willingness to learn from another perspective.