Daring to Risk Failure Leads to Greater Success

fail forward

After reading Dawn’s blog last week, I accepted the challenge and read Suzanne Smith’s article, “The Social Sector’s F-Word — Failure”.  As a former Founder/Executive Director of a local nonprofit, many of Smith’s points brought back memories and lessons learned. It reminded me that daring to risk failure can lead to greater success. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, whether it was f ...[Read More]

Overcoming Fear of Failure Can Change the World

fear of failure

A nonprofit sector strategist I follow writes a blog called Socialtrend Spotter. Suzanne Smith, author, founder and CEO of Social Impact Architects, often provides excellent insight and suggestions for her readers. She speaks directly into the most immediate struggles nonprofit organizations face daily. In Suzanne’s recent blog, she uses the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg to se ...[Read More]

How Life Stories Become the Legacy You Leave

Legacy

The everyday life you live is the legacy you leave. Yes, the stories of our lives become our legacy. We have no choice in the matter. Others look at the trail we walked, the life journey we are on and see a legacy.  The very nature of a legacy is storytelling. Our life stories are like a river that draws you along on its current.  While you can’t quite see beyond the bend, looking back i ...[Read More]

Why a Gift Now Is as Important as One That Changes the Future

A Gift Now

The first bicycle I attempted to ride lacked training wheels and was a bit large for me. My cousin was eighteen months older, taller and already had long legs. She made riding look effortless. Only six at the time, I was in between. Not quite big enough for big kid bikes and long outgrown the tricycle. Horse riding was also on the list of not big enough and no experience. That wasn’t a problem for ...[Read More]

How Your Small Donation Will Make You the Best Donor

crowdfunding

Five years ago, a funny-sounding start-up company called Silidog caught my attention. Researching crowdfunding, I stumbled across Mickey Lickstein’s project on Kickstarter, a web-based platform used by creatives to find financial backers willing to invest in tiny chunks to get an idea started. Lickstein was an MBA student with a new rescue dog keeping him up nights from the clinking of Bentley’s m ...[Read More]

You See What They’re Doing. Join Me in Applause.

You See What They’re Doing. Join Me in Applause.

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I direct your attention to the gallery? We are joined today by a phenomenal group of nonprofit leaders, staff, and volunteers. You may not recognize all the faces, but I’m sure many are familiar. I assure you that they have all been working very hard during these difficult times. They deserve our appreciation and hardy applause… Nonprofit organizations have been und ...[Read More]

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