Month: December 2016

It can also be a statement of solidarity or consolation. (“All of my friends have deserted me.” “Not all of your friends.”) And it can be a way of showing that there are other possibilities — alternative ways of being that can and do exist. “Sneetches hate star-bellied sneetches,” is the general rule. But #notALLsneetches. The exceptions matter. Pointing them out matters. “Sneetches hate star-bellied sneetches,” says a young sneetch, troubled that they are fated and required to live bound by the strictures of this general rule. “Not all sneetches,” is an important thing for that young sneetch to learn….
Once upon a time, there was a village that sat just beyond a bend in a great river. One day, the people of the village noted a few people floating past the bend and pulled them out of the water. Some were dead, and the people of the village buried them. Some were sick, and the people of the village nursed them back to health. A few days later, more people came floating down the river. Then more people. Then more… and more… and more. And every time, the people of the village responded in the same way. They…
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the…
In the early-ish days of blogging, it was normal to have a blogroll: a list of links to other (often more popular) blogs that the author was interested in. The blogroll would sit calmly in the sidebar and let readers browse their way to other blogs and other authors, discovering fresh ideas and insights. Now, nobody maintains a blogroll. The best hope you have of finding someone else is to follow a link in the body of a post or in a comment or in a link dump. Around here, they also show up in link posts that I share…
Wherever and whatever you choose to give this Christmas, the most important thing is to make other people’s lives a little better. Thinking a bit about how your donations will be used, and who could benefit from them most, can increase your power to do good with all of the old junk that’s cluttering up your space. And from my family and me, thanks. Vox: I Rely on Thrift Stores to Keep My Family Clothed and Fed. What You Donate Matters. FacebookTwitterLinkedInredditBuffer…
Like many of my friends and colleagues in ministry and the nonprofit sector, I’m deeply troubled by the prospect of Donald Trump’s presidency. I’m especially concerned given that every branch of the federal government, along with numerous state governments, will be controlled by the Republican Party. I believe that we’re facing at least two years of conservative policy proposals – from repealing the Affordable Care Act to privatizing Social Security – becoming law. I am concerned about those policies, of course. I’m concerned about Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest. I’m concerned about his potential cabinet’s conflicts of interest. I’m…
Thomas Harvey, the chairman of the Continuum of Care umbrella organization that helps guide homeless services in St. Louis, says the solution is easier than cities make it out to be. The housing exists. But we — taxpayers, citizens, businesses — have to commit the funds to connect those who need a roof with the spaces available all over our city. St. Louis Post-Dispatch: What Missouri’s Blind Pension Can Teach Us about the Homeless FacebookTwitterLinkedInredditBuffer…
Last week, I saw a posting for a high level job that, along with other things, asked applicants to include their salary history. I know that this is a common practice in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, but it’s a bad practice. It’s a bad practice for a lot of reasons, but here are three big ones. First, It Takes Agency Away from the Applicant Salary histories are used for many reasons, and one reason is to weed out applicants who might be too expensive. But it’s a weird way to figure out if an applicant actually would be…
In the early-ish days of blogging, it was normal to have a blogroll: a list of links to other (often more popular) blogs that the author was interested in. The blogroll would sit calmly in the sidebar and let readers browse their way to other blogs and other authors, discovering fresh ideas and insights. Now, nobody maintains a blogroll. The best hope you have of finding someone else is to follow a link in the body of a post or in a comment or in a link dump. Around here, they also show up in link posts that I share…
“In writing,” says William Faulkner, “you must kill your darlings.” We all have favorites. In writing, we have favorite stories, favorite words, favorite phrases, favorite structures, and so on. We also have our favorites in fundraising: the channel we just have to use, the model we just have the follow, the even we just have to throw. I’d almost bet that our favorites give us a fundraising fingerprint. Someone who paid close enough attention, given enough information about style and demands, could identify each of us. But here’s the cold, hard fact: it doesn’t matter if something is your favorite….

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