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Destiny Meets Destination

Are you the kind of person who seems to be a magnet for conversations and interaction with strangers?  Salespeople, waiters, fellow passengers on planes or trains – you get the idea.  I guess that I am never rude so the conversation is bound to continue.  What is most curious and captivating about these random interactions […]

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Under the Influence

WHO do you know? I ask that question a lot in my work. After all, fundraising and nonprofit management are all about creating and managing opportunity. When I go to my “Contacts” I realize that I do know an awful lot of people – and many of them are ones you would describe as quite […]

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Very Public Theater

This is not a theater review per se but yes, you should definitely go to see a production of the The Good Person of Szechwan. It’s Bertolt Brecht updated, Brecht on steroids. It’s phenomenal – in New York now, produced by The Foundry Theatre Company and playing at The Public Theater. Interesting new twist – […]

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Keeping Track

It’s the ultimate in silos. It’s how organizations keep track of their data. Take an example from Jewish day schools: One piece of software manages Student Records. Another program for Admissions. Another piece of software for Accounting. And yet another for Fundraising.  And this week I learned of another that just manages financial assistance. None […]

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How Shall I Tell You?

I know I promised you a follow-up on the CompassPoint webinar.  But I have been working long hours on behalf of PLK clients for the past few weeks and there’s been some success, some roadblocks, some resistance, some disappointments, some conflicts and yes, some triumphs.  The usual. The webinar was interesting.  Participants from all over […]

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Culture Shock

Lying in bed with the flu a few weeks ago, I was able to catch up on the reading I should be up on. Front page of Chronicle of Philanthropy on January 17, 2013. Major national study reveals that many nonprofit organizations are stuck in a vicious cycle that “threatens their ability to raise the […]

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Al Dente Development Plans

Pasta cooks swear by it. And many a college student kitchen has the scars to prove it. Toss a piece of spaghetti against the wall and see if it sticks. Then you will know whether or not it’s done and ready to be removed from the pot. It’s really a trial and error approach, wastes […]

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Dear Pearl, Thank you so much for stopping by our store while on your Vermont getaway from the city! I’m glad you found two flowy shirts for the upcoming seasons…the safari green blouse looked great on you! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your mini-vacation and do come stop in again! Sincerely, Katie K Wow. […]

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Overheard walking down the street in Manhattan..man shouting into his phone for all to hear…”I have emailed and called a hundred times and there’s no response. Forget him.” Ironic to be party to this very loud angst when I have been, as of late. pondering over the biggest, most challenging issue presented to me by […]

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I was blessed (and sometimes cursed!) to be in management roles from the time I was a very young professional.  My own boss taught me the skills I needed to supervise and manage, partially through the use of classic social work supervision techniques and partially through watching him up close and mostly through direct mentor-ship.  […]

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