High Hopes in Toronto and Texas

High Hopes in Toronto and Texas

For the first time in wayyy to long, here’s a video from the road. I started out on this adventure a few days back, with a hop across the border to Toronto, a town I last visited (thanks to my sweet Momma) back in 78, when there was a first-time-in-long-time exhibit of Van Gogh’s works, which was making only one North American stop–up there. Given my adoration for all things Vincent, my mom’s generosity and the fact that Keith Richards had also just been busted there (where he gave his infamous quote “I don’t have… Continue reading »

A Volunteer Bill of Rights

A Volunteer Bill of Rights

Today, the DC Central Kitchen will unveil a new effort that we hope will push our own organizational envelope, while also jump-starting the semi-stalled dialogue about the future of philanthropy in America…..a Volunteer Bill of Rights. I serve on the board or advisory board for a bunch of great organizations (including Charity Navigator, The Alliance for Effective Social Investing, The Philanthropic Collaborative and Great Nonprofits) which have convened some of the best minds in the biz to see if we can use our collective brain power to help free the sector’s finances (and future) from… Continue reading »

Top Ten Recap for the @YNPN’s

Top Ten Recap for the @YNPN’s

I was just in Denver, where I was honored to be able to speak to the members of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network who had gathered in the Mile High City to talk taking it up a notch. Here a fast run down of my tips for them (minus the f-bombs): 1. When YNPN first got started, the only word in its name that was accurate was “young”. Now, YNPN is a powerful network of seasoned pros. Build on that. Post each others blogs, videos and op-eds. Constantly encourage each other. RT w/abandon. Support each… Continue reading »

In Honor of Cesar

In Honor of Cesar

“A fast is first and foremost personal. It is a fast for the purification of my own body, mind, and soul. The fast is also a heartfelt prayer for purification and strengthening for all those who work beside me in the farm worker movement. The fast is also an act of penance for those in positions of moral authority and for all men and women activists who know what is right and just, who know that they could and should do more.” Today is Cesar Chavez’s birthday. I’ve written and spoken of him many, many… Continue reading »

Black History Lessons For Under 30 Leaders

Black History Lessons For Under 30 Leaders

As we celebrate Black History Month, I once again take cyber pen to paper to offer yet another in my series of tips for those who aspire to make big things happen, via the nonprofit/social enterprise road. When I was a kid, running nightclubs in DC, I was intrigued by Herbert Haft, who was this Poppa Smurf looking business leader in town (he had a magnificent white pompadour). Pre-Peoples Drug Store days, this dude had cornered the regional drug store market (he owned Dart Drugs), with a business mantra that revealed his strategy. “When I… Continue reading »