Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 31

What’s in a Name Anyway?

Nonprofit. Not-for-profit. Charities. Charitable Organizations. Man, are these the worst names for a sector.  The idea that a collective group would get together and say, “You know what? When we think of a name, we really should define ourselves in the negative. I mean, it would make us stand out, wouldn’t you think?” Think about …

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Jan 30

4 1/2 Things to Focus On When Listening to “Experts” Spout Off

Everyone has their secrets to success. From colleagues and friends of mine alike, some of us even have a profession where we espouse words of wisdom on little tips n’ tricks on parts of life ranging from “Finding What You Love to Work At” to “Take the Terror Out Of Talk” (PSA #1: I am …

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Jan 29

Coming Out…to Earl.

This is one of the most difficult posts I have ever tried to write, let alone collect my thoughts on. I have for some time now tried to conceal these thoughts. Tried to make the shear madness of it possibly float away like a balloon along a summer night dusking sky. But I cannot fail …

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Jan 28

Impact and Activation

Nonprofiteers. A made up word. Noun. Meaning: Those rockstars who decide that the profession of working for others, a mission, not-so-great pay, tough hours, constant fundraising… and passion… is important and life-balancing. But, my fellow nonprofiteers… we have a itty-bitty problem. We have a weird relationship with those in the “for-profit” sectors of our communities. …

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Jan 23

Stay Focused And…Oh look! A Penny!

Why is it so hard to get focused for us sometimes? Whether it’s a big project at work, cleaning the bathroom, or just sitting down and writing a blog post, the time that we need to say “OK, let’s focus in” is usually immediately followed by a whole bunch of wasted minutes, distractions, and procrastination. …

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Jan 21

We Are Made For This Moment

Today is one of those days. Living in DC. Inauguration Day. Now, before you get all twisted about “ah damn, DK is gonna get all political on us again.” Nope. This isn’t about politics. This is about the United States of America. Inauguration Day is one of those amazing moments where our democracy, our democratic …

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Jan 17

Gun Control? Community Safety? Whatever It’s Called, Keep It a Debate not Soundbites

Whoa… this gun control/violence-in-our-society debate is pretty heavy. It’s almost too much to keep talking about, let alone write about.  All sides of this topic are now rallying for what will be the inevitable battle of how this rhetoric, public posturing, and television appearances finally turn into public policy… and governing. And that’s when this …

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