Council & Member News Feed

Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:39
Sometimes small grants can have surprisingly large effects, and advance your mission with unexpected potency. Case in point: the Northwest Area Foundation made a $50,000 grant to support the work of the Growing Transit Communities partnership in the Central Puget Sound Region. Planners needed funds...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:38
David Haskell, former international regional director for Habitat for Humanity, has a unique perspective on networking. “Imagine that you were tiling a floor,” Haskell says. “You could use uniform tiles that all fit together nicely but are rather expensive. Or, if you cannot afford those tiles, you...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:37
In 1988, President Reagan proclaimed August 21st to be National Senior Citizens Day. He hoped that the country could unite in recognizing the important role that seniors play in communities across the country. Seniors are entrepreneurs.Between 1996 and 2010, adults over 55 had the highest rate of...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:34
There are currently an estimated 1.5 million LGBTQ seniors in the U.S., and by 2030 that number is expected to more than double to 4 million.[1] As the first generation of “out,” self-identified LGBTQ people reaches retirement age, it’s remarkable to think of what they’ve been through. Any LGBTQ...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:20
When the comic strip “Doonesbury” is making fun of your state’s lackluster education record, you know things must change.
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:17
Every year, thousands of nonprofits experience the departure of an executive. Faced with this challenging and typically unfamiliar situation, boards can easily make missteps that jeopardize their most important governance decision.
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:13
I had a meeting recently with an economist at the World Bank. Part researcher and part policy-maker, he explained that the Bank had been pleased to see marked and measurable improvement in the lot of women and girls in almost two dozen countries they’d track and fund. Hearteningly, the...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:11
Council staff, consultants and I recently met with Senator Max Baucus of Montana who serves as chair of the Finance Committee. Three weeks ago, the Council’s CEO, Vikki Spruill, met with Representative Dave Camp, the chair of the Ways and Means Committee. These two men guide the tax writing...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:10
Discussion is healthy with regard to addressing the issue of homelessness in Denver, but we need to reframe the discussion.
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:07
I recently began learning about social network analysis (SNA), an innovative tool that helps professionals understand the often hidden relationships between people, groups, and organizations. This can be important for anyone seeking to identify the key stakeholders and relationships that affect the...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:05
I am always drawn to an essay that talks about how we are motivated to give, especially when the main character is a guide dog named Lucy. In a thoughtful and thought-provoking piece in the New York Times, Paul Sullivan shared a story about his, and his wife’s, support of groups involved with...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:02
Nonprofit leaders are accustomed to justifying their need for operating support in appeals to potential donors. In a “proposal letter” written in June 1788, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart makes his case to benefactor Johann Michael Von Puchberg: “If you will do me this kindness, I shall primo (being thus...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:56
The concept of “strategic philanthropy” has gained much currency in recent years. While nonprofit effectiveness has likely increased because of it, it also has inhibited nonprofit impact. In practice, strategic philanthropy is often linear, technocratic and top-down, and self-limiting as a result....
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:53
As I write this, my partner and I about to leave for Borough Hall to get our marriage license. The Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 went largely as expected, yet I still found myself shocked and overwhelmed with joy that, for the first time in my...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:50
For better or worse, the field of philanthropy is inundated with reports. My swelling “to-read” pile is the root cause of seemingly intractable clutter in my office.