What is it like to know your feelings aren’t real?

Nonprofit with Balls is my favorite workplace humor blog because, Vu, is able to capture the tone, spirit and love/hate relationship of working in the nonprofit sector. So when I saw his latest post about poetry, I knew it wouldn’t disappoint. Heck, I’m still trying to figure out how I missed the call for submissions. … Continue reading


The problem with trickle – down community engagement

Trickle-Down Community Engagement is a serious problem, and communities are getting exasperated. If we are to solve problems, we must stop thinking of communities as helpless children, and start trusting that people are the experts of their own lives and invest accordingly. “We need to stop finding solutions and instead fund them,” says one of… Continue reading


The Social Nonprofit: How to Gain More Support From Your Followers

I’m famous! The Chronicle of Philanthropy retweeted me and included my tweet (5th tweet from the bottom) in their Storify. Life is good! [View the story “The Social Nonprofit: How to Gain More Support From Your Followers” on Storify


No New Years Resolutions

Last year I made a lot of resolutions for this blog. And, now that 2014 has arrived, I’m faced with the dilemma of making new resolutions or continuing to work on the ones I made last year. Some bloggers make it a requisite to make new years  resolutions. That’s what works for them. But I’ve… Continue reading


A Few Interesting Links

Just a few links that caught my eye this week: An introspective editorial about New Jersey’s most overrated governor, Chris Christie, that detailed his political successes, as well as failures. The Marcus Graham Project presented about the collaboration between Microsoft Surface and the new app, Lisnr at Advertising Week in NYC. People are still surprised… Continue reading


A Few Words about the Harry Belafonte and Jay Z ‘Beef’

  In an interview with Alexandra Zawia of the Hollywood Reporter in August 2012, Harry Belafonte, said,  “And I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce,… Continue reading


MOOC for Philanthropy: Learn How to Give With A Purpose

This summer, the first ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Philanthropy will be offered by the Learning by Giving Foundation.  It will be comprised of six compact classes and complemented by interviews with guest speakers such as Warren Buffett, Doris Buffett, Cal Ripken, Jr., Soledad O’Brien, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. The class is… Continue reading


Stories about African American philanthropists are important

In this TEDxCharlotte Talk, writer, Valaida Fullwood and photographer, Charles Thomas explain how the creation of their book, Giving Back, helped to re-frame portraits of philanthropists. Since publication in 2011, the book was named 10 Best Black Books of 2011 and received the prestigious 2012 McAdam Book Award, which recognizes “the most inspirational and useful… Continue reading


Don’t Complain, Make Things Better

Sometimes grant administration can seem a bit dull. Tina Roth Eisenberg’s 2013 SXSW talk about how to incorporate design and values-based living into your personal and professional life, is not. She is the creator of Swiss-miss.com, Tattly, and Teux Deux App. The popular design blog has a growing audience of 1.3 million monthly unique readers… Continue reading


Misconceptions About Wealth Inequality in America

Think you know how wealth is distributed in America? Think again. A YouTube video that went viral a few weeks ago reminds us that our  perceptions of who has money and how much they have is quite skewed.