Grant Proposal Writing – 7 Ways to Break the Writer’s Block

The scene is all to familiar (and may bring back bad memories for some readers): a deadline for an english paper is due…the deadline seems to be sitting on the horizon but quickly approaches while actual progress of the paper’s draft remains at a frozen stand-still. Tick, tock. Tick, tock. That deadline is coming whether…

Statistics Never Define a Community

Earlier this month, I participated in a speaker’s panel at Baylor University. The following is a response I had concerning the implications of local poverty statistics. What an honor to participate in a small way in a significant week for our community. A few facts I shared while on 1/3 of a Nation (a play…

Panhandling: Sometimes the Best Gift is Not Giving…

Originally posted on Act Locally Waco – November 9, 2014 Believe it or not, only 35 business days remain until Christmas Day. This headline would intimidate most, but not this seasoned last minute shopper. I consider it a countdown to when I will surely shine the brightest. For many of us holiday traditions offer community,…

Pay Day Lending: Joining hands to Insist on Good Business Practice

Football season is here. As an Aggie transplant to Waco, I have a new struggle: competing loyalties as I slowly learn to cheer for my new home team, Baylor University. On August 28th, the Family Health Center auditorium was buzzing with the energy of a packed football stadium on the Brazos. But, unlike a crowd…

How Decisions in Washington Could Affect Housing in Waco, TX

Originally posted on Act Locally Waco Blog on May 18, 2014.  Since the post-holiday season, we have used the motif of unwrapping gifts to understand some of the dimensions of housing and homelessness. We started our discussion with a definition of homelessness through Housing and Urban Development (the federal agency that administers national housing programs)….

Nonprofit Oversight Increases July 1

The Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 mandates best practices and governance controls to be implemented in New York State-based nonprofits; the law takes effect next month. Of particular note is the good faith effort of nonprofit leadership to declare potential conflicts of interest. This concept is by no means new to the nonprofit sector. However,…

Connect The Dots

1,000 tweets in 24 hours. To keep up with the social media blitz that organized the Arab Spring revolution, NPR’s senior strategist pumped out the above social media statistic (Hildy 2012). Any cause, rather it be a revolution or a food bank, “needs networks of people who have the strength to pull together in the…

Let The Writing Begin

Welcome to my blog! This post will serve as a brief introduction and a heads up of what you should expect to read with future posts. INTRO I am a Master of Public Service and Administration candidate (spring 2012) at Texas A&M University. Nonprofit management is my area of concentration. Before my graduate work I…