Five Elements of Strategic Resource Development

Posting #1 in a series on Resource Development It's tough out there for non-profits and social causes when it comes to raising money, especially money for core operations and services. All of the seed grants, innovation grants, or target specific project grants are fine and dandy, but the growth in sustainable funding is not growing, … Continue reading Five Elements of Strategic Resource Development

Let’s Take a Break from Doing Good

Preface Earlier this June I had the delightful experience of being a part of a workshop at Tamarack's Deepening Community gathering in Edmonton. The workshop was with Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack. Al called our session a "beauty jam" and both Al and Vicki wanted an "artist" to be a part of the jam. I … Continue reading Let’s Take a Break from Doing Good

Was that you I saw standing on the edge?

I was the Lumber Jack size of a man with his toes on the precipice just a stone’s throw away from you.  My toes were nearly hanging over, which meant my belly extended even further over the edge. The other side – that place beyond the chasm where I wanted to be – wasn’t all … Continue reading Was that you I saw standing on the edge?

Does Charity Prevent Collective Possibility?

Could it be that formalized charity actually prevents us seeing and acting on collective possibility? I don’t mean charity in the classic sense of loving and caring for one another. I mean organized charity, institutional charity which by its very nature separates those who set out to help others and the others who are seen as needing … Continue reading Does Charity Prevent Collective Possibility?

Racism Doesn’t Just Go Away

Cross posted at http://www.vibrantcommunities.ca Years back, I hung out for a time most days at a Robin’s Donut Shop. I was self-employed in those days and started each morning with a coffee (Robin’s was better than Tim’s) and a read of the paper. The owners of the small shop were Maggie and Tony, a pleasant … Continue reading Racism Doesn’t Just Go Away