Do You Believe in Angels?

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union,… Read more

Why now?

Every time you ask your donors for money, you need to have a good answer to the question, “Why now?” Because there’s a match deadline looming. Because we’re organizing 1,000 people to make Congressional office visits by next week. Because the UN is holding a conference on refugees and we’re helping advocate at the grass… Read more

Game of Thrones, Dot-org Edition

With the arguable exception of Cersei Lannister, none of the Game of Thrones characters is truly evil. What’s driving the drama and the conflict isn’t ‘good vs. evil.” It’s a beautifully engineered set of cross purposes, where in pursuit of their passionate objectives, each character inevitably collides with another character and mayhem ensues. We see… Read more

Ignore your to-do list

I’m a Virgo. So believe me this is hard to say. Ignore your to-do list. Yes – you heard it from me. To-do lists are great tools. But they can sometimes keep us from bigger picture thinking. We lean on those to-do’s — easy items that we can check off the list. Meeting had Copy… Read more

Tech that is really changing the world: Guyana case study

Last week, I spent in the Rupinuni region of Guyana meeting the indigenous Wapichan people and learning about their approach to protecting their land from ongoing threats. I went on this trip in my role as Board Chair of Digital Democracy. Digital Democracy serves as a kind of IT department for marginalized communities — helping them… Read more

Fundraising: It’s Not About the Money

That sounds silly, doesn’t it? Of course fundraising is about the money. But great fundraising is about so much more. The Haas Foundation just released yet another must-read on the state of philanthropy. And here’s the punchline: Getting past the monomaniacal focus on dollars in many instances leads to more money. The study, entitled Fundraising… Read more