Is Your Old Nonprofit Ready for New Seniors?

Is Your Old Nonprofit Ready for New Seniors?

Every morning in America, 10,000 people wake up 65…and that won’t stop for the next 22 years. I urge you to really let that sink in. Some 70 million Baby Boomers are coming, and nothing short of an asteroid striking the earth will change this demographic reality. And not unlike an asteroid, this historically significant, and legendarily self-focused generation is hurling towards the nonprofit sector packing a seismic wallop that could make dinosaurs out of social service organizations that are unprepared. For countless examples of what is coming, you need look no further than the… Continue reading »

Edible Westside, on the Eastside

Edible Westside, on the Eastside

First of all, and I cannot say this enough–Los Angeles is GREAT…I mean truly, totally, off-the-hook amazing. The way this city has opened UP for the L.A. Kitchen has been nothing short of phenomenal….and we want to do the same thing right back at them. While securing the building we will soon call home has taken longer than we had hoped, we are now getting ready to unveil its location and start construction. But we are building more than just a kitchen. We’re building a magnet of love, empowerment, butter and hope!! We want to… Continue reading »

Greater DC Cares Closes…and Nobody Cares!?!

Greater DC Cares Closes…and Nobody Cares!?!

It’s been said that the nonprofit sector lacks creative destruction…Greater DC Cares tragically proves that wrong. Well, at least the destruction part. When I got the news that Greater DC Cares, one of the country’s premiere volunteer hubs, had declared bankruptcy after 24 years of service, it was quite a shock. The even greater shock was how Washington DC has reacted. Stone Fuckin Silence. Now before I unload, I need you to know that I consider former GDCC CEO Siobhan Canty one of my best friends. We are thick as thieves and go together better… Continue reading »

Hungry and Obese: Food and America’s Well-Being

Hungry and Obese: Food and America’s Well-Being

One of the things that impresses me the most about my move to Los Angeles has been how welcoming the community has been. When I first arrived, nonprofit leaders like Mark Loranger of Chrysalis and Bill Pitkin of the The Hilton Foundation sent notes of welcome…and ever since, there has been a steady stream of how-do-you-do’s and invitations to connect from folks at every corner of this amazing town. Case in point, I recently met with Nancy Ozeas of the Milken Institute, and she immediately invited me to be part of an upcoming panel discussion: Hungry… Continue reading »

Does Sexism Keep Nonprofits Out of Politics?

Does Sexism Keep Nonprofits Out of Politics?

Late last week, in response to a report from the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations (advocating for nonprofits and churches to be able to directly engage in partisan politics), Diana Aviv, the CEO of Independent Sector,  issued a rather predictable statement  “Urging Public Officials to Reject Recommendations to Allow Political Activity by Charities.” I understand this historic point of view, but rather than call for open debate about our role, she shut the door with this definitive closing sentence, “501(c)(3) organizations, as the public trust demands, should remain above the political fray,… Continue reading »