Demanding Transparency in Minnesota

Demanding Transparency in Minnesota

I was just out in Minneapolis, speaking at the Charity Review Council’s annual gathering on the topic of transparency and the “Age of the Super Donor”. During the speech, I pointed to the DC Central Kitchen’s new Volunteer Bill of Rights and used the words of Hubert Humphrey, Morris Day and Paul Westerberg, the three “Titans of Truth” of the Twin Cities, as I challenged attendees to consider being the kinds of leaders who march out to meet the future…rather than those who keep their heads lowered, or who wait for the future to come… Continue reading »

The Millenium Generation and the End of Charity

The Millenium Generation and the End of Charity

Here’s my latest op-ed, published in this month’s Nonprofit World Magazine. Be warned and be ready… The Millennium Generation and the End of Charity – Nonprofit World Tweet

Orcas Island Philanthropy

Orcas Island Philanthropy

I am constantly amazed by the lessons I learn on the road. Case in point…I’m just finishing a 9 day run. I’ve been to the Aspen Institute’s annual Environmental Forum, which was co-sponsored by the National Geographic (where I saw my friend and DCCK Board member Barton Seaver get monster props for his work and amazing love for his new book, “For Cod and Country”, which I highly recommend if you want to eat seafood, yet respect and strengthen the ecosystem from which it comes). Then I rolled out to Seattle to give the commencement… Continue reading »

Gonzo Philanthropy

Gonzo Philanthropy

I’m speaking about the power of food out at the Aspen Institute’s Environmental Forum this week, but I took an afternoon off to hook up with Joy Knox, my Colorado social enterprise soul mate (who also gets camera credit) to catch up on the work going on down in Denver, which is home of the country’s first Office on Strategic Partnerships, which we both hope that Governor Hickenlooper will take state-wide. We, and many others feel that this could make Colorado an epicenter of new thinking about the relationship between the statehouse and nonprofits, and… Continue reading »

A Seneca Falls Moment for Nonprofits

A Seneca Falls Moment for Nonprofits

Over 150 years ago, in the small, upstate NY town of Seneca Falls, 300 women and a handful of men (including Frederick Douglas) met to discuss the role of women in American society. Over the course of 6 days, they debated, listened to lectures and, ultimately, developed the Declaration of Sentiments….the centerpiece of which was the idea of women’s suffrage—the right to vote. I bring this up because I am once again in Tompkins County, the home of Cornell University and Ithaca College, where I have been honored to speak on numerous occasions over the… Continue reading »