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NTC 2019 Takeaways

As portrayed on cult TV show Portlandia, Portland, OR has a reputation of being a little weird in its laid-back sensibility. But Portland also points out its endless possibilities, as its slogan promises: You Can, in Portland. This was the backdrop for...

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NTC 2019 Takeaways
Clients in the News–March 2019
Clients in the News–March 2019

Clients in the News–March 2019

NatGeo Makes Instagram Top 10. We were thrilled to see that National Geographic made the list of top 10 Instagram accounts earlier this year with its breathtaking photos of wildlife and landscapes. Despite being nudged out of the top 10 this month (by a sports highlights feed), NatGeo’s photographs are always thought provoking and beautiful. Visit Instagram to see NatGeo’s latest.It’s Alive!Great news from the Galapagos Conservancy: A tortoise believed to have been extinct for...

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The Balancing Act
The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

  Happiness  is equilibrium. Shift your weight…You compensate, rebalance yourself so that you maintain your angle to the world. When the world shifts, you shift.   I like this quote by playwright Tom Stoppard—reminding us that we are all in a constant state of finding our balance in all facets of our lives. We’re always making subtle changes in our actions and our attitudes, and moving back into balance. I think most people struggle with the work/life balance: finding...

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Clients in the News–February 2019
Clients in the News–February 2019

Clients in the News–February 2019

Spikes Are Not the AnswerIn a compelling article in Common Wealth magazine, Pine Street Inn Executive Director Lyndia Downie describes the real-world solutions to homelessness that Pine Street is implementing, with great results. She and co-author Laura Sen concur that putting up barriers—like metal spikes under an overpass in San Francisco—to discourage homeless people from taking shelter from the elements, is not the answer. They outline the sensible solutions that are working...

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Choose Your Friends Wisely
Choose Your Friends Wisely

Choose Your Friends Wisely

My preteen son is 12—staring down (and trying on) his teenage years. Since he’s my oldest and this is a bit of uncharted territory, I’ve been reading up on how to best support him through this tumultuous time. If you Google teens and peers, you’ll get findings and advice from thousands of sources, from WebMD to Scholastic to mom groups to the Dept. of Health and Human Services. They all say the same thing: from here on out, what I do and say will have little impact, compared to...

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How to see the forest when you’re stuck in the trees
How to see the forest when you’re stuck in the trees

How to see the forest when you’re stuck in the trees

Details are important, but sometimes they can bog you down. Case in point, I’m in the process of moving and I’m drowning in boxes and logistics and can’t find a pot to make dinner. But I need to make sure I’m not missing out on my wonderful new home! I see nonprofits make similar mistakes. They focus too much on the minutiae that they lose focus on the big picture. Look, I get it. Designing long-term strategies is a difficult task for most nonprofits, as they’re mired in their...

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Ethical Risk-Taking in Nonprofits: Is It Possible? These Two Concepts Will Guide You
Ethical Risk-Taking in Nonprofits: Is It Possible? These Two Concepts Will Guide You

Ethical Risk-Taking in Nonprofits: Is It Possible? These Two Concepts Will Guide You

Avalon president Allison Porter recently explored best practices for trying new channels, creative, and investments in her DMAW Advents article: “The Next Hot, New Fundraising Idea – It’s Risky Business.” In it, she wisely counsels fundraising professionals to understand, mitigate, and be transparent about the risk of trying new things in nonprofit fundraising. She explores what it might look like to create space for risk-taking, while acknowledging what we all know from...

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