Genius grants for nonprofits- what a trend this could be!

15 Mar

I recently wrote about the MacArthur Foundation’s “Awards for Creative and Effective Institutions” for the Nonprofit Quarterly. Applications aren’t accepted, but what a great aspirational ideal for our sector!

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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!

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Project Update: An Oregon Timber Town Reinventing Itself

2 May

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

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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!

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Remembering how not to know it all

18 Jan

We are just back from a wonderful trip to Europe, thanks to the magic of frequent flier miles. We visited Istanbul, Prague, and Lisbon, all for the first time, not knowing anything of the local languages except for “please” and “thank you”! We awoke to morning prayer calls rolling one over the other (at 6:16 […]

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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.

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Nonprofit Assets: New Articles for Nonprofit Quarterly

20 Sep

The three latest articles I’ve written for the Nonprofit Quarterly newswire all deal with assets related to the nonprofit sector: the rise of web-based philanthropy in China, the uniquely shared nature of nonprofit leadership, and business ventures as a source of nonprofit revenue.

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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.

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Nonprofit innovation: fight violence with fighting?

21 Aug

Here’s a great example from the streets of Rio de Janeiro of a key mindset for nonprofit innovation: “flipping an idea”. It’s positively punchy!

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Watching for orcas

23 Jul

Moving from orca watching to orca seeing is a journey of the senses. While I believe this story relates to nonprofit strategy and planning, I’ll let the reader draw that part out. This is just an experience on the ocean worth sharing for its own sake.

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