At the start of this year, I was invited to speak at a philanthropy conference slated for late spring. I entitled my presentation, “Understanding the Philanthropic Zeitgeist.”
Of course, the original event was cancelled, replaced with a virtual conference last week. As I prepared my presentation, I gathered my thoughts on the elements of our current zeitgeist and those that particularly related to philanthropy, I was not short on relevant subject matter, including community, Zoom (and other virtual platforms), DEI, erosion of trust, and uncertainty. While Read more
A recent headline in Forbes caught my attention: “Looking for Disruptive Nonprofit Opportunities?“ It went on to promise 15 disruptive options. I was all in: 15 different ways to shake things up.
My excitement was short lived, unfortunately, as I read suggestions such as:
-internalize the mission-embrace your core values-let go of underperforming projects--identify a current need you can fill.Seriously? The only suggestion that sounded remotely like it could truly be a disruptive opportunity was to get out of your comfort zone. Either some editor did Read more